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The Silence of Bones

By: June Hur

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 o 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.

ISBN: 9781250229557

JLG Release: Jul 2020


Sensitive Areas: Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion , Language: Mild Language , Sexual Content: Reference/Discussion , Violence: Death , Violence: General , Violence: Graphic Descriptions
Topics: Police , Indentured servants , Murder , Brothers and sisters , Catholics , Persecution , Mystery and detective stories , History of Korea, Choson dynasty (1392–1910)

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Can a poor, illiterate orphan girl in the late 1700s make a difference in the patriarchal and conservative society of Korea? Sixteen-year-old Seol’s parents have died, and as the youngest of three siblings, she has been sent to Hanyang, the capital of the southern province of the Korean peninsula, to work and to look for her long-lost brother who Can a poor, illiterate orphan girl in the late 1700s make a difference in the patriarchal and conservative society of Korea? Sixteen-year-old Seol’s parents have died, and as the youngest of three siblings, she has been sent to Hanyang, the capital of the southern province of the Korean peninsula, to work and to look for her long-lost brother who is assumed dead. Placed in the police bureau, she assists in the investigation of a series of gruesome murders that are stumping lead Inspector Han. While Seol tries not to overstep her position of damo, or servant, her natural curiosity gets the best of her and she meddles in the investigation. Supposed to be “seen but not heard,” Seol exposes several important clues, enraging other officers who cannot handle an illiterate maid uncovering the truth before they do. Seol also finds signs that her brother is still alive and in the capital. This book is beautifully written, and moves at a brisk pace. While some of the vocabulary surrounding the culture, garments, and daily lives may be new for some readers, it will not hinder their immersion in the story. Despite some fairly grisly scenes, the plot is engaging and dynamic. Hur’s first novel does an excellent job of exploring a topic that isn’t found widely in YA literature.

Book Details

ISBN

9781250229557

First Release

July 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/3"

Page Count

336

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Feiwel & Friends

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion , Language: Mild Language , Sexual Content: Reference/Discussion , Violence: Death , Violence: General , Violence: Graphic Descriptions

Topics

Police, Indentured servants, Murder, Brothers and sisters, Catholics, Persecution, Mystery and detective stories, History of Korea, Choson dynasty (1392–1910),

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