A Thousand Steps into Night

Longlist, National Book Awards 2022 for Young People's Literature

book cover for Traci Chee, A Thousand Steps into Night
ISBN 9780358469988
Clarion Books / HarperCollins Publishers
author photo of raci Chee. (Photo credit: Topher Simon)
Traci Chee

Traci Chee is a best-selling and award-winning author of books for young people, including the instant New York Times bestseller and Kirkus Prize Finalist The Reader and Printz Honoree, Walter Honoree, and National Book Award Finalist We Are Not Free. More about this author >

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In the realm of Awara, where gods, monsters, and humans exist side by side, Miuko is an ordinary girl resigned to a safe, if uneventful, existence as an innkeeper’s daughter.

But when Miuko is cursed and begins to transform into a demon with a deadly touch, she embarks on a quest to reverse the curse and return to her normal life. Aided by a thieving magpie spirit and continuously thwarted by a demon prince, Miuko must outfox tricksters, escape demon hunters, and negotiate with feral gods if she wants to make it home again.

With her transformation comes power and freedom she never even dreamed of, and she’ll have to decide if saving her soul is worth trying to cram herself back into an ordinary life that no longer fits her… and perhaps never did.