This is an entertaining story with its own special meaning and enjoyment as a historical novel for children that embraces diverse topics ranging from family, mystery, psychic ability, and crime.
- Book Intro
From Hanseong to Seoul
"Love is the strongest."
Seong-yi, a ghost from the Baekje Kingdom, one of the ancient three kingdoms of Korea, appears above some fried chicken placed on a ceremonial table for Wul-yi’s late elder brother. Wul-yi, who wants to start a new life out of the shadow of her good, kind brother, finds the little ghost Seong-yi bothersome but gradually comes to pay attention to the story that Seong-yi tells. Grave robbers have eyes on the artifacts buried under Wul-yi’s house, but Seong-yi can only go to the otherworld after the artifacts in which her soul is held are safely excavated.
In this book, exciting adventures unfold above ground and underground with secrets revealed. Readers may feel impressed and touched reading about Wul-yi who learns great love as she discovers the story left by her brother and Seong-yi’s sacrifice.
Inspired by Pungnap-dong, Seoul, where the ancient city Hanseong of Baekje was located and many relics are still being discovered, the author created this story about Wul-yi who lives in an old house in a redevelopment area and meets the little ghost Seong-yi who helps her get over the grief of having lost her family and realize the value of love through relics.
This book will give readers the opportunity to use their imaginations about the history that may be hidden underneath the ground through this storytelling pressed deep into readers’ hearts.
- About the Author
(English) Lee Hyeonji is an elementary school teacher who is particularly enthusiastic about teaching social studies and is a mother of two children who dislike museums. Lee graduated from Seoul National University of Education and the Graduate School of the same university. She received the grand prize at the KB Children’s Literature Contest in 2019, the excellence award at the Kyobo Book Story Contest in 2021, and the grand prize at the BIR Publishing Children’s Historical Story Award in 2022. Her work includes A Thief’s Guardian Angel.
(English) Kim Gyutaek wrote and illustrated Once Upon a Time and The Largest Cauldron, and illustrated The Flame on November 13th: the Dream of Jeon Taeil, You've Connected to a Strange Future, Recycling: A Way of Using Trash Again, A Clumsy Prescription, Wow's First Book, Dragon Ant, Ant Dragon, A Dog Eating Ramen, and A Tale of Ongojib. Kim also works as a cartoonist under the pen name of Chorokbaem.
(Japanese) 絵: 少し離れた場所に平行に引かれたふたつの線は、いくら伸びてもお互いに会うことはありません。しかし、同じ場所で出会えなくとも、ひとつになれなくとも…ふたつの線は長い間一緒に並んでいられるということを忘れないでください。2012年のデビュー後、複数の子供向けの本の絵を描き、「ミドリヘビ」というペンネームで漫画も描いています。
(Russian) Среди книг, которые автор написал и иллюстрировал самостоятельно такие, как "Давным-давно", "Самый большой в мире котел". Среди иллюстрированных автором книг следующие: "Первая книжка лягушонка Вау", "Собака, которая ест лапшу рамён", "Сказание про упрямца", "И школьная собака за три года...", "Прачечная, в которой гладят мечты", "Муравей-динозавр и динозвр-муравей", "Неправильный рецепт", "Как использовать утилизированный мусор" и др.
The grand prize at the second BIR Publishing Children’s Historical Story Award.