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Ink and Ashes

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Strong, smart heroine in absorbing, gently paced mystery.

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This absorbing mystery unfolds at a graceful pace best suited for a patient reader. The plot builds slowly but steadily to a surprising end that reveals truths not only about the past but also about Claire herself. Teens will enjoy Claire's large circle of childhood friends who help solve the mystery, and elements of Japanese culture bring fresh appeal.

INK AND ASHES is a solid debut novel. The writing is good, but the lyrical language promised in the first few pages isn’t sustained throughout the story. Still, author Valynne E. Maetani keeps the pages turning. Claire's voice is realistic and engaging and provides a strong foundation as the reader navigates family secrets, budding romance, high school life, and a growing sense of danger.

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