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The Silence of Bones
By (author): June Hur
9781250229557 Hardcover, Dust jacket English Young Adult : Age (years) from 13 - 18 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories Apr 21, 2020 Print Run: 50000
$24.50 CAD
Forthcoming 5.38 x 8.25 x 0 in 336 pages Feiwel & Friends

June Hur's elegant and haunting debutThe Silence of Bonesis a bloody YA historical mystery tale perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Renée Ahdieh.

I have a mouth, but I mustn't speak;
Ears, but I mustn't hear;
Eyes, but I mustn't see.

1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman.

As they delve deeper into the dead woman's secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.

But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.

Praise forThe Silence of Bones:

ABA Indies Introduce Selection

"At oncehaunting and evocative, June Hur'sThe Silence of Bones is a gorgeous, tightly-woven debut. Prepare to delve deep into the lush and dangerous world of Korea in the 1800's fora page-turner you won't soon forget." —Hafsah Faizal,New York Times-bestselling author ofWe Hunt the Flame

"This gripping drama is definitely one you're not going to want to miss." —Buzzfeed

June Hurwas born in South Korea and raised in Canada, except for the time when she moved back to Korea and attended high school there. She studied History and Literature at the University of Toronto. She began writing her debut novel,The Silence of Bones,after obsessing over books about Joseon Korea. When she's not writing, she works as an assistant for the public library or can be found journaling at a coffee shop. June currently lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.

Praise forThe Silence of Bones:

ABA Indies Introduce Selection

"At oncehaunting and evocative, June Hur'sThe Silence of Bones is a gorgeous, tightly-woven debut. Prepare to delve deep into the lush and dangerous world of Korea in the 1800's fora page-turner you won't soon forget." —Hafsah Faizal,New York Times-bestselling author ofWe Hunt the Flame

"An emotionally gripping journey.The Silence of Bonesis a suspenseful, thrilling read, and readers will be swept away by Hur’s meticulous weaving of historical detail and the depth of her characters’ family ties." —Elizabeth Lim, author ofSpin the Dawn

"An intriguing tale that touches on class, honor, the value of one's beliefs, and the lengths one is willing to go for loyalty and family. Hur presents such a vivid portrayal of the Joseon Era that it's like stepping back in time. With its breathtaking prose and complex characters, this mystery novel issure to keep you guessing until the very end!" —Kat Cho, author ofWicked Fox

"Withexquisite prose and an astonishing eye for detail, June Hur’sThe Silence of Bones will keep you up all night reading." —Nafiza Azad, author ofThe Candle and the Flame

"This gripping drama is definitely one you're not going to want to miss." —Buzzfeed

"I was struck by the depth of thisgripping story. ... The meditative quality of the narration of this historical mystery felt perfectly suited to the Korean setting and the backdrop of political and religious struggles.Seol’s courage, curiosity, and dedication make her a character I can’t get enough of." —Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Book Company

"The Silence of Bones is a historic and richly atmospheric mystery that isutterly unique and difficult to put down! ...Mesmerizing." —Sarah True, Joseph-Beth Booksellers

"A well-written depiction ofa part of history that we rarely see, led by a smart heroine who defies everyone's expectations of her." —Jackie Jou, Mysterious Galaxy Books

"Had me gripped from the first page!" —Robyn Broderick, The Reading Bug

"I came out with tears in my eyes and a weight lifted off my soul. ...The Silence of Bonesnot onlybrings something fresh to YA mysteries, but also transcends most adult mystery novels I’ve read ...Stunningly visual." —Sun and Chai

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