Nafiza Azad, Kat Cho, Axie Oh, and Karuna Riazi for THE WILD ONES
Loyalty is so excited to host the virtual launch party of The Wild Ones with Nafiza Azad in convo w/ Kat Cho, Axie Oh, and Karuna Riazi! Join us for this not to be celebration! This event is free to attend and will be held digitally via Crowdcast. Click here to register for the event. You can also order a copy of The Wild Ones below to be automatically added to the registration list, and there will be an option to get the book during the event.
ABOUT THE BOOK
From William C. Morris Finalist Nafiza Azad comes a thrilling, feminist fantasy about a group of teenage girls endowed with special powers who must band together to save the life of the boy whose magic saved them all.
We are the Wild Ones, and we will not be silenced.
We are girls who have tasted the worst this world can offer. Our story begins with Paheli, who was once betrayed by her mother, sold to a man in exchange for a favor. When Paheli escaped, she ran headlong into Taraana—a boy with stars in his eyes, a boy as battered as she was. He tossed Paheli a box of stars before disappearing. With the stars, Paheli gained access to the Between, a place of pure magic and mystery. Now, Paheli collects girls like us, and we use our magic to travel the world, helping to save other girls from our pain, our scars.
When Taraana reappears, he asks for our help. Dangerous magical forces are chasing him, and they will destroy him to get his powers. We will do everything to save him—if we can. For if Taraana is no longer safe and free, neither are the Wild Ones. And that...is a fate that we refuse to accept. Ever again.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Nafiza Azad is a self-identified island girl. She has hurricanes in her blood and dreams of a time she can exist solely on mangoes and pineapple. Born in Lautoka, Fiji, she currently resides in British Columbia, Canada where she reads too many books, watches too many K-dramas, and writes stories about girls taking over the world. Her debut YA fantasy was the Morris Award–nominated The Candle and the Flame. The Wild Ones is her second novel.
Kat Cho (she/her) is the young adult author of the Penguin One World One Book 2019 Selection, WICKED FOX, and its internationally bestselling sequel, VICIOUS SPIRIT (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers) as well as the serialized webcomic and youtube series, FREE HEXEL. Kat and her books have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, NBC, Refinery 29, and Seventeen. She advocates for equity and representation in publishing and media through her work with Diverse Voices Inc., the non-profit behind DVPit and DVCon. She is also the co-host of the Write or Die Podcast, a podcast that interviews authors about the struggles of getting published and maintaining an author career with a focus on spotlighting as many diverse creators as possible.
Axie Oh is a first generation Korean American. She is the author of the REBEL SEOUL duology (Tu Books) which was a Junior Library Guild Selection, XOXO (HarperTeen), and the forthcoming THE GIRL WHO FELL BENEATH THE SEA (Feiwel & Friends, February 22, 2022). She studied Korean history and creative writing as an undergrad at the University of California – San Diego and holds an MFA from Lesley University in Writing for Young People.
Karuna Riazi is the author of the middle grade novels, THE GAUNTLET and THE BATTLE (S&S/Salaam Reads). She also adapted The Jungle Book for the Apple TV series Ghostwriter (Sourcebooks/Sesame Workshop).
Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this virtual event.