It's a STAR for A THOUSAND STEPS INTO NIGHT! ⭐ Thank you so much to Kirkus Reviews for the thoughtful review, which highlights so many different facets of the book, from the world-building to the twists to the themes:
"Empowered at times, powerless at others, Miuko comes across other women in dire situations, requiring her to question the cultural norms of what it means to be a female in an oppressive patriarchal society." ⭐ Read the whole thing here!
It’s real! ❄️ This is the first time I’ve ever seen We Are Not Free with both its National Book Award and Printz Honor stickers IN REAL LIFE. How beautiful. How shiny! 🌟 Because of the blur of the pandemic, sometimes it’s hard to believe these things actually happened, but they DID. They really, really did. So grateful today. ❤️
EVENT TOMORROW! 💙 I’m paneling it up with Joan He, Chloe Gong, Natasha Ngan & June Hur, conversation moderated by Utopia State of Mind! Join us on YouTube tomorrow, 12/4 at 12pm ET/9am PT. Can’t wait! 💙
THREE MONTHS until A THOUSAND STEPS INTO NIGHT and I thought it’d be fun to share the first line with you! When I first set out to write this story, I knew I wanted it to be a little it beautiful, a little bit eerie, and a little bit tongue-in-cheek. It took a while to find the voice of this project, but I’m really proud of how it turned out! 💙 Pre-order for a folktale journey, a feminist fantasy, and Ghibli vibes!
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And don’t forget to keep your receipts, because I have an ADORABLE gift in the works for you!
NEWSLETTER GIVEAWAY! 💙 We’re nearly three months out from the publication of A THOUSAND STEPS INTO NIGHT, and I'm giving away an ARC to one lucky newsletter subscriber! To learn how to enter, subscribe to my mailing list and watch your inbox on Wednesday, 12/1! Due to shipping costs, this giveaway will be US only.
Upcoming! So excited for this discussion with Chloe Gong, June Hur, Joan He & Natasha Ngan, moderated by Utopia State of Mind! Mark your calendars and join us on Sat. 12/4 at 12pm ET/9am PT on the Utopia State of Mind YouTube channel!
FOUR MONTHS until A THOUSAND STEPS INTO NIGHT and ARCs have arrived! 🌙👹 Here’s what’s in store for you, coming March 1, 2022:
From New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist, Traci Chee, comes a Japanese-influenced fantasy brimming with demons, adventure, and plans gone awry.
In the realm of Awara, where gods, monsters, and humans exist side by side, Miuko is an ordinary girl resigned to a safe, if uneventful, existence as an innkeeper’s daughter. But when Miuko is cursed and begins to transform into a demon with a deadly touch, she embarks on a quest to reverse the curse and return to her normal life. Aided by a thieving magpie spirit and continuously thwarted by a demon prince, Miuko must outfox tricksters, escape demon hunters, and negotiate with feral gods if she wants to make it home again. But with her transformation comes power and freedom she never even dreamed of, and she’ll have to decide if saving her soul is worth trying to cram herself back into an ordinary life that no longer fits her… and perhaps never did.
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Just be sure to keep your receipts, because I’ve got a lovely surprise in store for you! 🐦
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So excited to talk about WE ARE NOT FREE with Contra Costa County Library on Tuesday, November 9 at 6:30pm! Register HERE (scroll through the “events” section) and don’t forget to check out the rest of their awesome programming leading up to the event!
CONGRATULATIONS to the 2021 National Book Awards Finalists for Young People’s Literature!
So much gratitude, as always, to my fellow judges Pablo Cartaya, Leslie Connor, Ibi Zoboi, and our chair Cathryn Mercier.
Oh hey! WE ARE NOT FREE is a finalist for the Kids' Book Choice Awards Best Book of the Year: Teen! The nominees in all categories are so awesome--go vote for your favorites!