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In The Tunnel

It’s my turn to host a spot on the IN THE TUNNEL by Julie Lee Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About In The Tunnel

In the Tunnel book cover


Author: Julie Lee

Pub. Date: May 30, 2023

Publisher: Holiday House

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 304

Buy it: Amazon (blog books)

Find it: Goodreads or Here  

Trapped in an enemy tunnel, a young refugee experiences the Korean War firsthand in this searing story of survival, loss, and hope, a companion to the Freeman Award-winning novel Brother’s Keeper.

Myung-gi knows war is coming: War between North and South Korea. Life in communist North Korea has become more and more unbearable—there is no freedom of speech, movement, association, or thought—and his parents have been carefully planning the family’s escape.

But when his father is abducted by the secret police, all those plans fall apart. How can Myung-gi leave North Korea without his dad? Especially when he believes that the abduction was his fault?

Set during a cataclysmic war which shaped the world we know today, this is the story of one boy’s coming-of-age during a time when inhumanity, lawlessness, and terror reigned supreme. Myung-gi, his mother, and his twelve-year-old sister Yoomee do everything they can to protect one another. But gentle, quiet, bookish Myung-gi has plans to find his father at any cost—even if it means joining the army and being sent to the front lines, where his deepest fears await him.

Reviews for In The Tunnel

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

A Book Riot Best New Book of 2023

“An absolute must-read.”—Booklist, starred review
“Vivid, powerful.”—School Library Journal
“Moving.”—Publishers Weekly
“Searing. . . . Beautifully written.”—Book Riot

Set during the Korean War, it tells of Myung-gi’s journey. He has escaped North Korea and left a special girl behind. Now he’s trying to find his father who was taken by the police. Myung-gi joins the army and gets stuck in the tunnel.

This amazingly written book will have you feeling pain and wishing for peace. The timeline switches between the past and present seemlessly. The characters grow exponentially throughout the book. The ending was realistic while Myung-gi learned to let go. An exquisite account of a terrible period in time.

About the Author

Julie Lee, a marketer-turned-writer, lives in an Atlanta suburb with her three children and her husband. A first-generation American, her mother escaped North Korea during the Korean War and later immigrated to the United States. Julie holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from VCFA, as well as a BA in History from Cornell. 

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Giveaway for In The Tunnel

1 winner will receive a finished copy of IN THE TUNNEL, US Only.

Ends June 20th, midnight EST.

Best of Luck to you! Be sure to enter here

in the tunnel book blog tour schedule

In The Tunnel Tour Schedule

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6/8/2023Log Cabin Library
6/9/2023The Momma Spot
6/9/2023YA Books Central
6/13/2023Lifestyle of Me
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6/14/2023Little Red Reads
6/15/2023Country Mamas With Kids
6/16/2023A Blue Box Full of Books

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