Oakland teen Leila Mottley's " Nightcrawling " making splash

She started composing the book — a singing, expressive novel following a teen, living in East Oakland and battling to remain above water

who falls into sex work and is defied with a destructive equity framework that takes steps to gulp down her entire — just before her seventeenth birthday celebration

She completed it in the late spring before she moved out to start a career and before long ended up in a 13-manner offering

....battle among significant distributers. On her eighteenth birthday celebration, she marked her book contract.

Mottley, who will turn 20 on June 15, is worn out on the obsession with her wunderkind status, yet she likewise figures out it. 

“I’m very used to it because I’ve gotten it since I was 13,” Mottley tells The Chronicle during a video interview

She was Oakland's childhood writer laureate, moved on from Oakland School for the Arts at 16,

had her work highlighted in the New York Times and was the subject of a short narrative that went to the Tribeca Film Festival

Previously "Nightcrawling," she had proactively composed two books she racked, and the progress of this one moved her to exit school.

“I read the first 10 pages of the manuscript and was just pretty blown away,” says writer Ruth Ozeki

who was Mottley's composing teacher at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. "I understood this is truly unique,

who was Mottley's composing teacher at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. "I understood this is truly unique, that this is an individual who has an exceptionally uncommon voice

Mottley, to some degree uninformed about the greatness of her circumstance, came to Ozeki with an early draft and a ludicrously extensive rundown of specialist offers 

she had gotten subsequent to finishing a scholars' mentorship program. Ozeki sent the composition to her own representatives, who in the end turned into Mottley's