JUNE HUR (허주은) is the Edgar Award-winning and bestselling author of YA historical mysteries, including The Silence of Bones, The Forest of Stolen Girls, and The Red Palace. Born in Incheon, South Korea and raised in Canada, June studied History and Literature at the University of Toronto and worked at the Toronto Public Library. Her work has been featured on Forbes, NPR, The New York Times, CBC, and KBS. Her fourth novel, A Crane Among Wolves, is scheduled for release in 2024. June currently lives in Toronto with her husband and two young children.
JUNE (JU EUN) HUR (‘Hur’ pronounced ‘her’ – 허주은) is the Edgar Award-winning and indie-bestselling author of YA historical mysteries and romances, including The Silence of Bones, The Forest of Stolen Girls, and The Red Palace. Born in South Korea and raised in Canada and the USA, June studied History and Literature at the University of Toronto and worked at the Toronto Public Library. Most of her work is inspired by her journey through life as an individual, a dreamer, and a Christian, with all its confusions, doubts, absurdities, and magnificence.
June’s first two novels have been optioned for screen adaptations. Her work has been featured on Forbes, NPR, The New York Times, CBC, and KBS. She has been nominated for the prestigious Edgar Awards three times and won the award for her third novel.
In addition to her novels, June contributed a fantasy short story to the anthology Mermaids Never Drown: Tales to Dive For, set to release in September 2023. Her fourth standalone novel, A Crane Among Wolves, is scheduled for release in 2024. June’s novels have been translated into Korean, French, Italian, Russian, German, and Indonesian.
June currently lives in Toronto, ON, Canada with her husband Bosco and their two young children.
She is represented by literary agent Amy Bishop of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC. Her novels are published by Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, and edited by Emily Settle.
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Her YA debut novel THE SILENCE OF BONES, a murder mystery set in Joseon Dynasty Korea (early 1800s), follows a 16-year-old indentured servant within the police bureau who becomes entangled in the politically charged investigation into the murder of a noblewoman. It was named by the American Booksellers Association as one of the top ‘Indies Introduce’ debuts of Winter/Spring 2020, a Junior Library Guild Selection, American Library Awards 2021 Rise Selection, Freeman Book Awards Honorable Mention and 2021 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee.
Her sophomore novel THE FOREST OF STOLEN GIRLS is another YA historical mystery set in Joseon Dynasty Korea (early 1400s) about a teen who returns homes to pick up the trail after her father vanishes while investigating the disappearance of 13 young women. It is praised by New York Times-bestselling authors Adalyn Grace as “a haunting, breathtaking tale that will have readers on the edge of their seats” and Kathleen Glasgow as “rich, exquisite, and deeply atmospheric.” It was honored as another Junior Library Guild Selection. It received a starred trade review from School Library Journal that said “Hur’s worldbuilding is majestic, transporting readers to Joseon Korea to unravel a compelling mystery” and Publisher Weekly describes it as “a suspenseful, atmospheric historical mystery” that 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.” It was a Junior Library Guild Selection, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee, Forest of Reading 2022 White Pine Award Nominee, and and 2022 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee.
Her third novel THE RED PALACE is a romantic YA historical mystery about a palace nurse and a royal investigator teaming up to look into a pattern of grisly murders when the Crown Prince becomes the prime suspect. Evocative and atmospheric, perfect for fans of Courtney Summers and Kerri Maniscalco. It received two starred trade reviews from School Library Journal that called it “A tense political thriller, a beautiful romance, and a coming of age all in one unique package” and from Booklist describes it as “A beautifully written story full of historical and cultural details that will leave readers aching for a follow-up.” Praised by New York Times-bestselling authors Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Inheritance Games) as being “compulsively readable and utterly unique…a must-read murder mystery steeped in royal intrigue” and Adrienne Young (Fable) saying that “court politics and hierarchal society are the stunning backdrop of June Hur’s page-turning, atmospheric…will have readers totally obsessed.” It was included in the sold-out Fae Crate Jan 2022 Book Box with a new exclusive cover, was selected as Forbes Most Anticipated Books of 2022, featured on CBC Radio, KBS World Radio, The Korea Times, an Indie Bestseller for week ending 1/31/2022, and 2023 Edgar Allan Poe Award Winner!
A fantasy short story set in Jeju makes a splash in the anthology MERMAIDS NEVER DROWN: TALES TO DIVE FOR, the second collection in the Untold Legends series edited by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker alongside 13 other short stories from bestelling and award-wnning authors
Her fourth novel A CRANE AMONG WOLVES coming 2024 is YA historical mystery that follows a girl and a prince who must join forces to save her sister and the kingdom from King Yeongsangun, one of Korea’s most hated tyrants.