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The Forest of Stolen Girls

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Suspenseful and richly atmospheric, June Hur's The Forest of Stolen Girls is a haunting historical mystery sure to keep readers guessing until the last page.

1426, Joseon (Korea). Hwani's family has never been the same since she and her younger sister went missing and were later found unconscious in the forest near a gruesome crime scene.

Years later, Detective Min--Hwani's father--learns that thirteen girls have recently disappeared from the same forest that nearly stole his daughters. He travels to their hometown on the island of Jeju to investigate... only to vanish as well.

Determined to find her father and solve the case that tore their family apart, Hwani returns home to pick up the trail. As she digs into the secrets of the small village--and collides with her now estranged sister, Maewol--Hwani comes to realize that the answer could lie within her own buried memories of what happened in the forest all those years ago.

Praise for The Forest of Stolen Girls:

Junior Library Guild Selection

The Forest of Stolen Girls is a haunting, breathtaking tale that will have readers on the edge of their seats. ... Hur is an absolute master of mystery, and I will be reading her gorgeous books for years to come. --Adalyn Grace, New York Times-bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth

Rich, exquisite, and deeply atmospheric, The Forest of Stolen Girls draws the reader in from the very first page and doesn't let go. A dark and utterly engrossing mystery, beautifully drawn from start to finish. --Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times-bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

Haunting and lyrical. Beware, this tale will draw you deeper into the forest than you want to go. --Stacey Lee, award-winning author of The Downstairs Girl

A brilliant historical fiction mystery that is suspenseful, gorgeous and absolutely riveting! Hur brings Jeju Island during the early Joseon period completely to life in a rich, evocative manner that reminds me of watching my favorite historical Kdrama." --Ellen Oh, author of the Prophecy series
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 146 x 216 x 34mm | 460g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250229588
  • 9781250229588
  • 93,312

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Praise for The Forest of Stolen Girls:

Junior Library Guild Selection
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee

A breathtaking journey through 1400s Korea. ... The mystery complements the setting perfectly, and the conclusion is well-plotted and satisfying. ... A must for all collections. --School Library Journal, starred review

Crafting a suspenseful, atmospheric historical mystery, Hur (The Silence of Bones) explores women's lack of bodily agency during this time and the dangers of obsessive protection, adroitly interweaving the historical context of the real horrors that afflicted Korean women from the 13th-century Mongol rule until after 1435. --Publishers Weekly

Set against the backdrop of fifteenth-century Korea--or Joseon, as it was known then--this tightly plotted historical mystery will please fans of both genres. ... Those who love well-researched historical fiction with darker themes such as Ruta Sepetys' Out of the Easy or Elizabeth Wein's Verity series, will appreciate Hur's attention to detail. Give to fans of Sherri L. Smith's The Blossom and the Firefly or Stacy Lee's Downstairs Girl looking for other well developed Asian characters. --YALSA

Rich, exquisite, and deeply atmospheric, The Forest of Stolen Girls draws the reader in from the very first page and doesn't let go. A dark and utterly engrossing mystery, beautifully drawn from start to finish. --Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times-bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

The Forest of Stolen Girls is a haunting, breathtaking tale that will have readers on the edge of their seats. With its lush and atmospheric prose, complex character dynamics, and an immersive mystery I was ravenous to uncover, I could not turn the pages fast enough! Hur is an absolute master of mystery, and I will be reading her gorgeous books for years to come. --Adalyn Grace, New York Times-bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth

Haunting and lyrical. Beware, this tale will draw you deeper into the forest than you want to go. --Stacey Lee, award-winning author of The Downstairs Girl

A brilliant historical fiction mystery that is suspenseful, gorgeous and absolutely riveting! Hur brings Jeju Island during the early Joseon period completely to life in a rich, evocative manner that reminds me of watching my favorite historical Kdrama. ... I adored this book from start to finish!" --Ellen Oh, author of the Prophecy series

Knee-deep inside Hur's taut, suspenseful snare, I felt the cold touch of secrets poking at my shoulder and sometimes, neck. Disappearances, quests, and family tension? I'm all the way in. --Rita Williams-Garcia, National Book Award finalist New York Times-bestselling author of A Sitting in St. James

Praise for The 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
A 2021 CCBC Amy Mathers Teen Book Award Finalist

At once haunting and evocative, June Hur's The 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 for a page-turner you won't soon forget. --Hafsah Faizal, New York Times-bestselling author of We Hunt the Flame

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 is sure to keep you guessing until the very end! --Kat Cho, author of Wicked Fox

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

A total knockout. --Popsugar

Gripping ... An exhilarating thriller, pitting the powerful against the power-hungry, endowing the powerless with affecting agency. --Shelf Awareness

This book is beautifully 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 for a memorable and worthwhile read. --Publishers Weekly

In this striking 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

An excellent historical mystery that asks 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 suspecting everyone. --Goodreads

A fantastic debut from Hur, who writes a captivating story that keeps readers guessing and expertly explains the complex political climate ... The female characters' courage, ingenuity and warrior hearts are inspiring, and the story that reveals them is entrancing. --The Canadian Children's Book Centre

I was struck by the depth of this gripping 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 is utterly unique and difficult to put down! ... Mesmerizing. --Sarah True, Joseph-Beth Booksellers
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About June Hur

June Hur was 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 after obsessing over books about Joseon Korea. When she's not writing, she can be found wandering through nature or journaling at a coffee shop. June is the author of The Silence of Bones and The Forest of Stolen Girls, and currently lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.
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Rating details

1,460 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 21% (313)
4 43% (630)
3 29% (418)
2 6% (85)
1 1% (14)
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