Tina Jimin Walton
Court intrigue and foreign powers threaten Korea’s centuries old “hermit kingdom.” In a prominent manor, Ji-nah, the sheltered ward, and Han, the seventeen year-old servant, are left in the tight-grip of Tutor Lim while Master Yi travels to Peking. When the two young people uncover the tutor’s broader conspiracy with the Japanese to overthrow Queen Min, they work to save the Queen, whose fate is tied to their master. Despite the challenge, the two young people discover hope and choose to rebuild their lives and nation.

Shortlisted for the Scholastic Asian Book Award 2018.
About the Book
Tina Jimin Walton
Marshall Cavendish Benchmark (Marshall Cavendish Corporation)
Release Date
Dec 7, 2019
Young Adult
Mimi Cross
This cover is absolutely beautiful and the plot sounds fascinating!
Shana Youngdahl
This looks really interesting. Going to add to my TBR list for sure!
Michelle Reynoso
Not one of my usual interest areas but seeing that this was shortlisted for the Scholastic Asian Book Awards I think I'll add it to my TBR list to check it out.
Yes! I've been interested in Korean culture and history since being foster parent to a Korean teenager some years ago. (She was confused about her identity, too.) This book sounds like one I need and want to read.
Daphne Jolley
Sounds fascinating. I can't wait to read this!
Adele Gardner
I can't wait to read this book. I'm recommending it to our children's librarian, too. I appreciate the chance to learn more about Korean culture and history!
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From the Author
I set out to write for my children so that they might understand a part of their Korean heritage. When I delved into the research, it was like coming across an old family photo album and I began to understand my childhood family’s idiosyncrasies through Korean history. It was a validating experience because growing up in Southern California, in the 1970s, I was confused about my ethnic identity. I want young people to be rooted in their identity and be confident in who they are. Being able to understand your history is powerfully validating.