Published by Penguin Teen
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.
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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MY ONLINE BOOK COMMUNITY
Books bring people together.
I have a confession. I have been kicked out of several book clubs. According to the club leaders I was either too old or read too fast. I am too old to pose as a high school student, so young adult books were out of the question, as well. Back in 2007 or so, I found an online community full of readers that didn’t care how old I am or that I read too fast. They only cared about books that were good. Most of us were on limited budgets so we set about to each buy a book per month and then send them on to the next person on the list. The people in this group kept me sane, they kept me together through several tough times and even though several have now passed away, the rest of us keep in touch. Most of us started blogs as well, mentored by some of the first book bloggers. I am happy to say quite a few of us have met IN REAL LIFE and I have made so many new friends all because of books. I can’t imagine my life without books nor can I image what life would be without my bookish friends.
Now on to THE READER and what a life without books might be like:
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