Ink and Ashes

By Valynne Maetani

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Claire Takata has never known much about her father, who passed away ten years ago. But on the anniversary of his death, she finds a letter from her deceased father to her stepfather. Before now, Claire never had a reason to believe they even knew each other.

Struggling to understand why her parents kept this surprising history hidden, Claire combs through anything that might give her information about her father . . . until she discovers that he was a member of the yakuza, a Japanese organized crime syndicate. The discovery opens a door that should have been left closed.

The race to outrun her father’s legacy reveals secrets of his past that cast ominous shadows, threatening Claire, her friends and family, her newfound love, and ultimately her life. Winner of Tu Books’ New Visions Award, Ink and Ashes is a fascinating debut novel packed with romance, intrigue, and heart-stopping action.

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About the Creators

Thumb_valynne_maetani Valynne Maetani - Author

grew up in Utah and obtained a Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In a former life, she was a project manager and developed educational software for children with learning disabilities. Her debut novel, Ink and Ashes, is the winner of the 2013 New Visions Award and a Junior Library Guild 2015 selection. Maetani is a member of the We Need Diverse Books team and is dedicated to promoting diversity in children's literature because all children should grow up believing their stories deserve to be told.

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Hardcover: 9781620142110

E-Book: 9781620142127


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Best Children's Books of the Year
Bank Street College of Education

New Visions Award Winner
Tu Books

Starred Review
Kirkus Reviews

Junior Library Guild Selection

Asian/Pacific American Award Honor for Literature
Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)

Best Fiction Book
Salt Lake City Weekly

Lone Star Reading List
Texas Library Association (TLA)

Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College

Starred Review
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Best Novel by New Author
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Guided Reading:




Interest Level:

Grades 7 - 12

Reading Level:

Grades 7 - 8


Asian/Asian American Interest, Cultural Diversity, Families, Fathers, Friendship, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Mystery, Neighbors, Siblings, YA interest, Persistence/Grit, Realistic Fiction, Teen Interest

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