ink and ashes valynne e. maetaniValynne Maetani’s Ink and Ashes took home the Whitney Award for best novel by a new author. Sponsored by LDStorymakers, the authors guild for the LDS market, the Whitney Awards honor the best novels written by LDS (Mormon) authors.

In Ink and Ashes, Claire Takata has never known much about her father, but on the anniversary of his death, not long before her seventeenth birthday, she finds a mysterious letter from her deceased father.

In addition to naming Ink and Ashes the best novel by a new author, the Whitey Awards bestowed two other young adult fiction books with prizes. Martine Leavitt won best general youth fiction for her novel Calvin, while Brandon Sanderson won best speculative youth fiction with Firefight.

In Calvin, schizophrenic Calvin believes that Bill Watterson can save him from his illness if he creates one more Calvin & Hobbes comic strip, and sets out to find him.

In Firefight, the second book in Sanderson’s Reckoners series, eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there’s no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.

Best Novel by a New Author award goes to Valynne E. Maetani for INK AND ASHES! #whitneyawards @valynnemaetani

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