Once there was, and one day there will be. This is the beginning of every story.
This is also the beginning of the enchanting story The Reader by Traci Chee - our featured TRCA top ten title this week.
Author Traci Chee grew up in a town where the cows outnumbered the people and now resides in California with her dogs where she enjoys hiking in the mountains and has recently taken up painting eggs. Studying literature and creative writing at UC Santa Cruz and earning a Masters of Arts degree from San Francisco State University, Chee is now a New York Times Best Selling author and will surely spellbind you with storytelling mastery in her debut YA Novel The Reader - the first in the Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy.
In The Reader we join 15 year old Sefia, on a dangerous journey through the fantasy world of Kelanna, a place where books and literacy are virtually unknown. Living life on the run after her father is murdered and her aunt kidnapped, Sefia comes to discover that a mysterious object her father left behind is actually a book. Although reading is unheard of in her world, they are many others it seems, who would like to get their hands on the book. To save her aunt Nin, Sefia ventures on a perilous expedition, meeting along the way a diverse and interesting group of characters. Through the mysterious, mute boy Archer, blustering pirates and an unrelenting assassin stories and legends truly come to life as Sefia learns to read and use the book as her guide. Through many unique layers of narrative, Chee takes readers on a dangerously beautiful and fantastic adventure that magically comes together all the while sharing in the true enchantment of the written word.
Still not convinced to pick up The Reader? Hear what others have had to say about this 2016 Kirkus Review Finalist:
“I was spellbound from the first page. An utterly transportive tale of swashbucklers and sharpshooters, masterfully written. Traci Chee has penned a beautiful novel about the power of story, complete with a fantastic cast of characters and an expertly rendered fantasy landscape. This is a book you will not soon forget.” —Renée Ahdieh, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn
“Commanding storytelling and vivid details, particularly of the magical process of reading, bring the story to life… the first of what promises to be an enchanting series.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“With evocative language, fascinating world building, multifaceted characters, and a compelling plot, this is a series fantasy lovers will want to sink their teeth into.”—Booklist, starred review
Or have a look at some accolades The Reader has received:
- An ALA Top Ten Best Fiction Pick – 2017
- A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year – 2016
- Finalist for the 2016 Kirkus Prize
- A Kirkus Best Book of the Year – 2016
- An NPR Best Book of the Year – 2016
- A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year – 2016
- A Bustle Best YA Book of the Year – 2016
- Minnesota Public Radio Best YA Book of the Year – 2016
- A Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year – 2016
- A 2016 Nerdy Book Club Award Winner
- An ABA Indies Choice Honor Book – 2017
We dare you, The Reader, to take a journey to Kelanna, join Sefia and a host of memorable characters, and uncover the magic of reading and storytelling. Perhaps you could be the one to discover the answer to the hidden puzzle found throughout this intricate YA novel…
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CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award