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Untraceable (The Factory #2)

Untraceable (The Factory #2)

Current price: $18.99
Publication Date: October 10th, 2023
Publisher:
Candlewick
ISBN:
9781536223750
Pages:
336
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Description

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 Undercover 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 is the AfroLatina author of Undercover Latina, a companion book set in the same world as Untraceable, and several suspense novels for adults, as well as The Mystery Woman in Room Three, a free serialized online novel about two undocumented Dominican teens who uncover a kidnapping plot to stop the Green New Deal. She teaches creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley, and is active in movements for racial, gender, and climate justice. She lives in Northern California.

Praise for Untraceable (The Factory #2)

In this YA companion to middle-grade thriller Undercover Latina (2022), a Los Angeles teen’s family tries to escape her mother’s dangerous ex. . . . This body-positive story has an exciting premise and addresses many relevant social issues.
—Kirkus Reviews

Amani’s voice rings true as a plus-size Black adolescent struggling to accept her own beauty. . . She is her own worst critic; young readers will identify with her anxieties. Amani’s thought processes as she puts two and two together about her parents steadily builds the suspense through the narrative. There are multiple social issues covered, such as abortion and racism. . . A complex Black girl sleuth uncovers a web of lies in this spy thriller.
—School Library Journal