Korea, 1895: Court intrigue and foreign powers threaten the centuries-old hermit kingdom. In a prominent manor, Ji-nah, the young, sheltered ward of the master, and Han, the servant she sees as an older brother, are left in the iron grip of Tutor Lim’s power when Master Yi is called away. When Ji-nah and Han uncover the tutor’s broader conspiracy with the Japanese to overthrow Queen Min, they resolve to save the queen, whose fate seems tied to their master. In the last days of their fallen kingdom, they struggle to rebuild their lives and nation, and find hope in a new world order.
Steeped in the forms and rhythms of Korea at the turn of the century, Last Days of the Morning Calm is a dramatic coming-of-age tale whose tenor captures the spirit of the times.
Short-listed for the 2018 Scholastic Asian Book Award
“An intriguing, historical portrait of Korea and her people on the brink of political and religious upheaval. Written in elegant prose, this story is equal parts mystery, history, family drama and royal court dynamics. The alluring twists and turns keep you turning pages and holding your breath.” – An Na, author of National Book Award finalist and Michael L. Printz Award-winning A Step from Heaven
“A compelling, page-turning tale of power plays and inequities, of family ties and secrets, and of young heroes who defy the odds to rise up in spirit and heart.” — Cynthia Leitich Smith, The New York Times bestselling author of Blessed, Eternal and Rain is Not My Indian Name
Tina Jimin Walton is a Korean-American writer based in Singapore. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2016. A life-long learner who writes children’s and young adult fiction, she teaches English and writing to teens.
Last Days of the Morning Calm is her first novel and was short-listed for the 2018 Scholastic Asian Book Award.