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2023 FOLD Kids Challenge — May

A mystery by an Asian Canadian author

By Calyssa Erb

This month, we’re highlighting mystery stories by Asian Canadian authors for picture book, middle grade, and young adult readers. From a strange object falling from the sky to historical mystery and futuristic adventures, these stories will keep young readers on the edge of their seats.
Cover art for IT FELL FROM THE SKY, a picture book by The Fan Brothers, showing black and white bugs and a green and yellow marble.
It Fell From the Sky, by The Fan Brothers (Picture Book)

From the creators of the critically acclaimed The Night Gardener and Ocean Meets Sky comes a whimsical and elegantly illustrated picture book about community, art, the importance of giving back—and the wonder that fell from the sky.

It fell from the sky on a Thursday.

None of the insects know where it came from, or what it is. Some say it’s an egg. Others, a gumdrop. But whatever it is, it fell near Spider’s house, so he’s convinced it belongs to him.

Spider builds a wondrous display so that insects from far and wide can come look at the marvel. Spider has their best interests at heart. So what if he has to charge a small fee? So what if the lines are long? So what if no one can even see the wonder anymore?

But what will Spider do after everyone stops showing up?

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Cover art for HAUNTED HOSPITAL, a middle grade book by Marty Chan, showing creepy hospital hallway.
Haunted Hospital, by Marty Chan (Middle Grade Fiction)

Xander thinks the George Wickerman Hospital would be the perfect setting for Spirits and Specters, a role-playing game where players go on “missions” to find evidence of paranormal activities. According to local legend, tuberculosis patients were used as test subjects in medical experiments that ended tragically, and their disfigured ghosts walk the hallways of this now-abandoned building. What better location to go ghost hunting? Even though they didn’t really believe the rumors, Xander and his friends soon begin to suspect that they are not alone. Is this place actually haunted by ghosts? Or something even more terrifying?

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Cover art for THE FOREST OF STOLEN GIRLS, a young adult book by June Hur, showing two girls surrounded by flowers.
The Forest of Stolen Girls, by June Hur (Young Adult Fiction)

Suspenseful and richly atmospheric, June Hur’s The Forest of Stolen Girls is a haunting historical mystery sure to keep readers guessing until the last page.

1426, Joseon (Korea). Hwani’s family has never been the same since she and her younger sister went missing and were later found unconscious in the forest near a gruesome crime scene.

Years later, Detective Min—Hwani’s father—learns that thirteen girls have recently disappeared from the same forest that nearly stole his daughters. He travels to their hometown on the island of Jeju to investigate… only to vanish as well.

Determined to find her father and solve the case that tore their family apart, Hwani returns home to pick up the trail. As she digs into the secrets of the small village—and collides with her now estranged sister, Maewol—Hwani comes to realize that the answer could lie within her own buried memories of what happened in the forest all those years ago.

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