Traci Chee’s 2016 The Reader is the first volume in her Sea of Ink and Gold series.
Sefia and her aunt Nin have been on the run ever since Sefia’s father was brutally murdered. Now, thanks to Sefia’s failed attempt at stealing a bandana, what had been a safe refuge is a refuge no longer. Someone may have recognized Nin and that means the pair have to flee. On their trail: killers seeking to recover a precious item stolen by Sefia’s parents.
The precious treasure is a book, whatever a book might be.