Today we’re super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for
Untraceable (Aya de León),
releasing October 10, 2023 from Candlewick Press!
Before we get to the cover, here’s a note from Aya de León:
Amani is my first plus-size protagonist. Maybe she’s the first plus-size Black teen spy girl out there. I’m so excited with how this image turned out!
Ready to see?
Scroll, YABCers! Scroll!
Here it is!
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Author: Aya de León
Release date: Oct 10, 2023
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Cover designer/artist credit:
Cover designer: Lisa Rudden
Cover artist: Richy Sánchez Ayala
About the Book: Untraceable
With gripping results, this companion novel to Undercover Latina returns to the high-stakes world of the Factory—an international organization of spies protecting people of color.
Fifteen-year-old Amani Kendall’s biggest problem is being the only plus-size Black girl at a white private school—until her house burns down and her family is unexpectedly on the run. Suddenly, she’s reeling from the news that her formerly boring mom is being pursued by an ex-boyfriend turned stalker, and her scientist dad has gone MIA. At the same time, she has to navigate an underfunded school in the city, suffering the cultural whiplash of being surrounded by other Black students, including the cute boy who’s an old family friend. How much danger is their family really in, and how untraceable are they trying to be? Her mom offers only half-answers and roundabout lies, so Amani starts to investigate. But her sleuthing has unexpected consequences, uncovering secret family legacies that will change their lives forever. A revealing prequel to Underground Latina for existing fans, Untraceable also serves as a thrilling introduction to the world of the Factory for readers encountering this fast-paced spy series for the first time.
About the Author: Aya de León
Aya de Leon teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books publishes her Justice Hustlers feminist heist novels, UPTOWN THIEF (2016), THE BOSS (2017), THE ACCIDENTAL MISTRESS (2018), and in 2019 SIDE CHICK NATION the first novel to be published about the hurricane in Puerto Rico. She has received acclaim in the Washington Post, Village Voice, SF Chronicle, and The Establishment. A graduate of Harvard College, with an MFA from Antioch University, Aya has been an artist in residence at Stanford University, a Cave Canem poetry fellow, and a slam poetry champion. She publicly married herself in the 90s, and from 1995 to 2012 hosted an annual Valentine’s Day show that focused on self-love. Her work has also appeared in Ebony, Essence, Guernica, Writers Digest, Huffington Post, Catapult, The Root, The Toast, VICE, Ploughshares, Bitch Magazine, on Def Poetry, and she’s an advice columnist for Mutha Magazine. In 2020, Kensington will publish her first spy novel about FBI infiltration of an African American political organization. She is currently at work on a YA spy girl series featuring African American and Latina teens called GOING DARK, as well as a picture book to help talk to children about racism. She blogs and tweets about race, gender, and culture at @AyadeLeon and ayadeleon.com.
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5 thoughts on “It’s Live! Cover Reveal: Untraceable (Aya de León), Plus Giveaway! ~ US/CAN Only”
This would be a great addition to my library!
This looks and sounds like an intriguing book!
This seems like a great story!
The cover is a bit scary and this book sounds emotional.
Yikes! Looks scary!