Book 1 in Sea of Ink and Gold series
By Traci Chee
Release: September 13, 2016
A stunning debut set in a world where reading is unheard-of, perfect for fans of Inkheart and Shadow and Bone.
Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.
With overlapping stories of swashbuckling pirates and merciless assassins, The Reader is a brilliantly told adventure from an extraordinary new talent.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Traci Chee is an author of speculative fiction for teens. An all-around word geek, she loves book arts and art books, poetry and paper crafts, though she also dabbles at piano playing, egg painting, and hosting potluck game nights for family and friends. She studied literature and creative writing at UC Santa Cruz and earned a master of arts degree from San Francisco State University. Traci grew up in a small town with more cows than people, and now feels most at home in the mountains, scaling switchbacks and happening upon hidden highland lakes. She lives in California with her fast-fast dog. The Reader is her YA debut.
Read an excerpt of the first two chapters here!
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Celebrate books! The Reader explores a world without reading. What would it mean to you to live in a world without books?
This would be the worst for me. I read every day. Sometimes it's only 10-15 minutes before bed if it's a busy day, but usually I read for an hour or so daily. Which allows me to read over 300 books a year. The books I read this year have changed a little bit, since I'm now a Children's Librarian too (in addition to a YA Librarian). So I've been reading more and more picture books to know my collection, especially the new books.
One of my earliest memories revolves around reading. My older sister taught me the alphabet and eventually how to read. Reading has always been a part of my life. I tore through books in during our silent reading time in school. I lived across the street from the public library. As I got older, I would bring stacks of books home, as many as I could carry.
Then when I was in high school, I applied for a job at the library. And the rest is history.
If I don't read, I get cranky - kind of like hangry. Reader is my escape from the world. I'm not sure where I would be without books, but I'm sure that I never want to find out! Plus I'd be out of a job...
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