Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite, authors of the powerful story, ONE OF THE GOOD ONES




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A HIGHLY ANTICIPATED BOOK BY POPSUGAR, MARIE CLAIRE, 
BUZZFEED, SHEREADS, AND THE EVERYGIRL… 

THE HATE U GIVE MEETS GET OUT IN AN HONEST AND POWERFUL EXPLORATION OF PREJUDICE IN THIS STUNNING NOVEL FROM SISTER-WRITER DUO AND AUTHORS OF DEAR HAITI, LOVE ALAINE… 

ONE OF THE GOOD ONES 

Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite

Maika Moulite: My-yee-kuh Moo-leet

Maritza Moulite: Muh-rit-zuh Moo leet 

PRAISE FOR ONE OF THE GOOD ONES 

“…An emotionally hard-hitting account of police brutality, following martyred activist Kezi, her grieving younger sister, and the siblings’ ancestors, nearly a century before, facing a similar racially motivated loss… [A] riveting story about an all-too-familiar series of tragedies and the all-too-familiar attitudes that surround them.” –Publishers Weekly

“…Brilliant storytelling, sharp dialogue… An explosive look behind the hashtags at race and history, taking readers on a road trip mapped by love and grief. Close to perfection.” –Kirkus Reviews, STARRED Review

“A thrilling read for fans of historical and realistic fiction.” –School Library Journal, STARRED Review

“One of the Good Ones is more than a spectacular thriller — it’s also a compass, seeping into your soul and helping you redefine your true north. Impactful, insightful, and perfectly timed. Get ready. Maika and Maritza Moulite are the real deal.” –Brad Meltzer, bestselling author of The Escape Artist

“Thrilling and thrillingly intricate, genre-bending ONE OF THE GOOD ONES investigates intergenerational racial trauma through the eyes of three very different sisters while it testifies to the power of love and hope in spite of it. Astonishing!” —Laura Ruby, Two-Time National Book Award Finalist and Author of Bone Gap

“Maika and Maritza are illusionists; contortionists jam-packing 400 years of family and joy and humor and grief into a trunk; conjurers unearthing strange and sublime ways to tell a story that's both America's oldest and today's newest. One of the Good Ones is a magic trick.” –Damon Young

This winter, Inkyard Press is honored to be publishing Maika and Maritza Moulite’s second novel, ONE OF THE GOOD ONES (On-sale: January 5, 2021), which explores the raw and real terror of losing a sibling after a social justice rally, and what it means to be deemed “worthy” when you’re Black. 


ABOUT THE BOOK
When teen social activist and history buff Kezi Smith is killed under mysterious circumstances after attending a social justice rally, her devastated sister Happi and their family are left reeling in the aftermath. As Kezi becomes another immortalized victim in the fight against police brutality, Happi begins to question the idealized way her sister is remembered. Perfect. Angelic. One of the good ones.

Even as the phrase rings wrong in her mind—why are only certain people deemed worthy to be missed?—Happi and her sister Genny embark on a journey to honor Kezi in their own way, using an heirloom copy of The Negro Motorist Green Book as their guide. But there’s a twist to Kezi’s story that no one could’ve ever expected—one that will change everything all over again.

In ONE OF THE GOOD ONES, Maika and Maritza Moulite have written a powerful story that transcends the pages and takes a hard look at what it means to be “one of the good ones,” when being human should be enough.




ABOUT MAIKA
MAIKA MOULITE is a Miami native and the daughter of Haitian immigrants. She earned a bachelor’s in marketing from Florida State University and an MBA from the University of Miami. When she’s not using her digital prowess to help nonprofits and major organizations tell their stories online, she’s sharpening her skills as a PhD student at Howard University's Communication, Culture and Media Studies program. Her research focuses on representation in media and its impact on marginalized groups. She’s the eldest of four sisters and loves young adult novels, fierce female leads, and laughing.


ABOUT MARITZA
MARITZA MOULITE graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s in women’s studies and the University of Southern California with a master’s in journalism. She’s worked in various capacities for NBC News, CNN, and USA TODAY. Maritza is a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania exploring ways to improve literacy in under-resourced
communities after being inspired to study education from her time as a literacy tutor and pre-k teacher assistant. Her favorite song is “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire.



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