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June 2021 Debut of the Month
A compelling, incendiary, and unputdownable thriller with a shocking twist, Faridah Abike-Iyimide delves deep into the heart of institutionalized racism with this compulsive debut.
*** Find a must-read letter from Faridah to her readers, attached to the extract.
Hello, Niveus High. It's me. Who am I? That's not important. All you need to know is...I'm here to divide and conquer. - Aces
Welcome to Niveus Private Academy, where money paves the hallways, and the students are never less than perfect.
Because anonymous texter, Aces, is bringing two students' dark secrets to light. Talented musician Devon buries himself in rehearsals, but he can't escape the spotlight when his private photos go public. Head girl Chiamaka isn't afraid to get what she wants, but soon everyone will know the price she has paid for power. Someone is out to get them both. Someone who holds all the aces. And they're planning much more than a high-school game...
"Ace of Spades is the thought-provoking thriller we ALL need." Nic Stone, #1 NYT bestselling author
"Strong Gossip Girl vibes and a whole lot of mystery." Buzzfeed
"Thunderous and terrifying. There's no way you're putting this down until you get to the last page." Maureen Johnson, NYT bestselling author
Ace of Spades is my favourite YA novel in some time! A love letter to Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars... a hugely accomplished debut. - Juno Dawson
A heart-racing and twisty thriller that grapples so much more than a simple mystery; Ace of Spades explores being both queer and Black, and the sinister, destructive nature of white supremacy and racism. - Alice Oseman, author of Heartstopper
Abike-Iyimide's stunningly brilliant thriller weaves teen drama, thriller, and protest novel in a story like you've never seen before. A complete game changer. - Camryn Garrett, author of Full Disclosure
This is a phenomenal debut from an absolutely gifted writer. Compelling. Alluring. Shocking. Ace of Spades will have you on the edge of your seat. Faridah Abike-Iyimide is one to watch. - Melissa Cummings-Quarry and Natalie A. Carter, co-founders of The Black Girls Book Club
Expect this exceptional debut to be everywhere this summer. - The Bookseller
|Publication date:||10th June 2021|
|Publisher:||Usborne Publishing Ltd|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers, YA readers|
|Genres:||Personal Social Health Economic , School Stories, Thrillers|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month, Coming Soon|
|Collections:||2021 Preview - Mega Books on the Horizon,|
Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is a writer from South London who has dreamed of writing books about Black kids saving (or destroying) the world all her life. She is an avid tea drinker, a collector of strange mugs, and is currently studying English, Chinese and Anthropology in the Scottish Highlands. Faridah can be found on Instagram at @faridahlikestea, she also runs a weekly literary podcast, "The Write Type" on her website. Photo credit Joy OlegboyegaMore About Faridah Abike-Iyimide
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