Ellen Oh, founder of the We Need Diverse Books movement, returns with Spirit Hunters, a high-stakes middle grade mystery about Harper Raine, a Korean-American new seventh grader in town who must face down the dangerous ghosts haunting her younger brother. The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of déjà vu, but she can’t remember why. She knows that the memories she’s blocking will help make sense of her brother’s behavior and the strange and threatening sensations she feels in this house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time? Oh weaves Korean and Jamaican cultural elements throughout her chilling story, including Korean Shamanism, as well as nods to racial divisions throughout the city of Washington, DC.
School Library Journal reviewer Lisa Goldstein writes, "This mystery thriller infused with diverse characters and intriguing themes will appeal to horror fans and to reluctant readers who enjoy a good scare," while Kirkus Reviews notes, "Combining Korean-American experience with ancient cultural traditions for a new twist on exorcism, this tale's for beginning horror fans and readers looking for a decent scare."
Learn more in this interview with Ellen Oh from School Library Journal.