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All you need to know is… I’m here to divide and conquer. Like all great tyrants do.


When two Niveus Private Academy students, Devon Richards and Chiamaka Adebayo, are selected to be senior class prefects, it looks like their year is off to an amazing start.

But shortly after the announcement is made someone who goes by Aces begins sending anonymous text messages, revealing secrets about the two of them and turning their lives upside down.

What seemed like a sick prank quickly turns into a dangerous game, with all the cards stacked against them. Can Devon and Chiamaka stop Aces before things become deadly?

From debut author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé comes a blistering exploration of racism, identity, and privilege.

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Join us for the ACE OF SPADES virtual tour and “meet” Faridah!

Moderated by Maureen Johnson

Date: Thursday, July 15

Time: 6pm ET


"Harrowing, breathtaking, and entirely unputdownable, Ace of Spades will linger long after you've read the final page."

Marieke Nijkamp, bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends

"Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is an absolute artist of crafting tension and suspense . . . Packed with killer twists that gave me goosebumps, Ace of Spades is a phenomenal debut here to knock you off your feet and send your heart racing."

Aiden Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Cemetery Boys

"Every so often a book comes along that perfectly captures the strength and resilience it takes to survive the visceral terror of being a Black person trying to thrive in a society designed to destroy you. Ace of Spades is that book."

Roseanne A. Brown, New York Times bestselling author of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

“Spine-tingling, full of twists and turns, Ace of Spades is a thriller that'll knock you off your feet. Undoubtedly the best thriller of 2021, Ace of Spades keeps you guessing, and leaves you wanting more.”

Nic Stone, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Dear Martin

"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."

Christina Hammond Reed, New York Times-bestselling author of The Black Kids

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé


Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is a writer from South London who has dreamt of writing books about black kids saving (or destroying) the world all her life. She is an avid tea drinker, and a collector of strange mugs. Faridah currently studies English Literature at a university in the Scottish Highlands.

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