Ink and Ashes

By Valynne Maetani
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Learn more about author Valynne E. Maetani at the links below:

Valynne E. Maetani shares 5 facts you should know about the Japanese mafia, known as the Yakuza, here at YA Books Central.

Read Valynne E. Maetani’s letter to her teen self here at Dear Teen Me.

Valynne E. Maetani shares the inspiration behind Ink and Ashes and her journey to publication here at We Are Word Nerds.

Valynne E. Maetani writes about winning the New Visions Award here at The Book Smugglers.

Valynne E. Maetani shares her research about the Yakuzahere at Forever Young Adult.

About This Title

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


Asian American English Collection High School, Asian American English Collection Middle School, Diverse Background English Collection High School, Bank Street College of Education Best Books of 2016 Collection, Sibling Collection Grades 6-12, English Fiction Grades 6-12, Mystery and Suspense Collection, Young Adult Collection, Japanese Collection, Realistic Fiction High School, Pedro Noguera Diverse Collection Grades 6-8, Pedro Noguera Diverse Collection Grades 9-12, MG/YA #OwnVoices Collection, Women's Text Set Collection Grades PreK-8, Women's Text Set Collection Grades 6-8

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