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The Silence of Bones

by June Hur

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list price: $24.5
edition:Hardcover
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published: Apr 2020
ISBN:9781250229557
publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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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
Junior Library Guild Selection
A 2021 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee
A 2021 ALA Rise Selection
2020 Freeman Award Honorable Mention
"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

Contributor Notes

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.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
13 to 18
Grade:
8 to 12
Editorial Review

Praise forThe Silence of Bones:
ABA Indies Introduce Selection
Junior Library Guild Selection
A 2021 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee
A 2021 ALA Rise Selection
2020 Freeman Award Honorable Mention
"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
"The detail of a historical plus the puzzle of a mystery. ... I recommend this historical whodunit for its jealous lovers, fugitive priests, and family secrets, but what I adored most was that at its heart, it’s a story about a girl struggling to find her place in the world." —Traci Chee, author ofThe Reader andWe Are Not Free
"This gripping drama is definitely one you're not going to want to miss." —Buzzfeed
"A total knockout." —Popsugar
"Gripping... Anexhilarating thriller, pitting the powerful against the power-hungry, endowing the powerless with affecting agency." —Shelf Awareness
"In thisstriking debut, Hur has crafted an intriguing historical mystery set in a time period often overlooked in YA ... A compelling mystery for lovers of Victorian murder cases who are ready for an alternative to the London setting." —Booklist
"This book isbeautifully written, and moves at a brisk pace. ...Engaging and dynamic. Hur’s first novel does an excellent job of exploring a topic that isn’t found widely in YA literature." —School Library Journal
"The Korean concept of han, as well as customs, language, and politics, are woven flawlessly into the narrative ... Seol’s determined pursuit of literacy and freedom, as well as the bittersweet ending, make fora memorable and worthwhile read." —Publishers Weekly
"Anexcellent historical mystery thatasks big questions about family, religion, morality, and what it means to belong." —Book Riot
"Read this book if you enjoy: supporting debut authors, Korean history, the 1800s, atmospheric reads, K-drama dramatics, books in which you start suspectingeveryone." —Goodreads
"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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