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Ink and Ashes
by Valynne E. Maetani


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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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  • ISBN-13: 9781620142110
  • ISBN-10: 1620142112
  • Publisher: Tu Books
  • Publish Date: June 2015
  • Page Count: 368
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-18


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-06-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

Maetani debuts with a tense thriller revolving around family secrets and betrayals. Claire Takata’s father died of a heart attack 10 years ago, or so the 16-year-old and her brothers have been led to believe. When Claire comes across a letter in her father’s journal, she learns that he knew the man her mother married after he died. Confused about why this information would have been kept secret, Claire and her brothers piece together clues that lead them to discover that their father was involved with the yakuza, and that his death may not have been quite so accidental. Meanwhile, Claire is being plagued by strange events at school and followed by a black SUV. Claire’s emotionally charged letters to her late father, written at various ages, appear throughout, providing an intimate window into her thoughts and fears. Capable and curious, Claire makes for an enterprising, resourceful young sleuth, and her changing relationship with her friend Forrest adds an enticing undercurrent of romance amid the growing intrigue and suspense. Ages 12–up. Agent: John M. Cusick, Greenhouse Literary Agency. (June)

 
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