Read an exclusive excerpt from Anne Sibley O’Brien’s North Korea-set ‘In the Shadow of the Sun’

The colorful cartoon characters were gone. Another dead baby. That the photos are on it?”
“Well, someone knows, whoever put them on the phone knows. Chapter 5
Simon came walking around the side of the bus. Mia closed the game and stared at the home screen, one hand clamped over her mouth. are messed up!” Simon sounded stunned. “Dad talked about that guy who they said had a CD with photos of starving children, remember? With her first book hitting shelves later this year (June 27), EW presents an exclusive excerpt from the upcoming novel, as well as the context-setting tour guide that comes with it. She didn’t want anyone near it. Mia glanced down as she tucked the guidebook into her pack, squinting her eyes as if to protect herself from what she’d see. “Turn around so no one can see.” He frowned. Mia sucked in her breath. “But — but can’t we just throw the phone away? And it had Angry Birds on it. “What was that?”
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Show Full Article Dead. The area behind the restrooms was completely out of sight from where the bus was parked. Another photo. the… The knot of men, with Dad in the center, paused as they neared the bus. ?!” His eyes widened and his forehead twisted. Simon slipped around the side of the building and leaned to peer around the corner. The same man, still tied to the post, head slumped forward. Kim stood midway across the parking lot, Mr. Tied to a post. I opened it this morning and there was a wooden box, and it had this phone inside it! Daniel stepped forward. She zipped her finger across the screen. Four soldiers spilled out and sprinted toward Dad and the guides. “We gotta get someplace safer,” Simon said, eyes scanning. “What the — ?” He shook his head. Mia pulled out the phone, feeling as if she was holding a ticking bomb, touched the game icon, and handed the phone to Simon. The black car circled forward and swept out of the parking lot. The two photos formed a terrible Before and After. do the North Koreans know… At the car, they pushed Dad into the backseat, one of the soldiers holding his head down, just like on TV cop shows. It felt as if everything was hurtling around her, like she was a balloon full of air that someone had just untied. “Simon!” Mia grabbed his shoulder. Their father never got angry. It had to be on purpose.” Simon slumped back against the wall as if exhausted. Simon’s eyes were wide, his mouth open. Mia ran to look over his shoulder. Or rather, Mr. Back at the bus, the entire tour group — including Daniel — stood in a cluster, watching. No, a baby. A woman whose legs ended at her knees, leaning over a pile of corncobs, a tiny child tied to to her back. They’ll be looking for us soon.”
Mia pressed her fist to her mouth. “Hold this and pretend we’re looking at it,” she said. He spoke, then nodded at something Dad said. Complicating matters even further for the youngest Andrews is the fact that she was adopted from South Korea, thus bringing up questions about what it means for her identity. She pulled out her guidebook first. A man, blindfolded. Men staggering through the rain, bent under huge loads. Mia grabbed her pack and followed him. Someone called out. “Mia, what the hell —” He sounded furious. A black car careened into the far end of the lot. Mia Andrews’s family vacation cannot get any worse in Anne Sibley O’Brien’s new middle-grade novel,   In the Shadow of the Sun. “If we could hide it so that none of the wrong people would find it, but where the right people could come back for it… I knew I couldn’t use it here, but I tried turning it on and it was already charged. Lee and Miss Cho just behind them. “Somebody put them there. His body tensed. .”
“How did they get in the phone?” Her voice sounded high and scared, like a little girl’s. “If we get caught with these, there’s no way we’re getting out of this country.”
A violent shiver went through Mia’s body. His fingers jabbed at the screen. Whatever we do, we have to do it immediately. Only it’s Mia who’s in possession of banned photographs of North Korean slave labor camps… which she and Simon have to transport hundreds of miles away to China if they have any hope of saving their father. Excerpt of   In the Shadow of the Sun   by Anne Sibley O’Brien
When she looked down, the screen had changed. The doors closed. about the phone? Then his mouth dropped open. “They’re taking him,” Simon said, his voice cracking. “Simon, please!”
Back at the bus, none of the guides was in sight and no one was looking their way. She could barely get the words out. “I don’t know, I don’t know. He got sentenced to hard labor.”
“If we get caught with these images.. “If these are actual photos of actual starvation and torture and executions in actual prison camps — that according to the North Korean government don’t exist — then these images are toxic.”
Mia gulped. O’Brien   — who’s actually illustrated more than 31 picture books, including   I’m New Here   — was raised in South Korea   where she grew up both bilingual   and bicultural. Kim, gesturing fiercely with his hands. Took a breath. A photograph, in black-and-white. It sped toward the group in the center, screeching to a halt, the doors flying open. It was in the gift they gave us yesterday. She turned to him. She wiped the screen, trying to erase the image. .” The knowledge was breaking across Simon’s face, changing his expression. The soldiers took hold of Dad’s arms and began to walk him back toward the black car. The young girl and her older brother Simon are accompanying their aid-worker dad on a tour of North Korea when he’s arrested for being a spy. Mia leaped to her feet, then stopped. Dark stains dotted his chest. She returned the phone to her backpack pocket and left her pack on the bench. “What is it, Squeak?” He looked annoyed. But we have no idea who that might be.” Simon ran one hand through his hair. They couldn’t risk calling to him while the guides were around. She never should have opened the phone. As they crossed the pavement, Mia looked for Dad. “Dad’s upset,” Mia said. I was just playing a game and” — she gulped a breath — “these popped up.” Her voice was ragged, near tears. “I can’t — just come.” He started to protest. Simon handed the guidebook back to her and squatted against the wall, his finger moving across the screen of the phone. But I never heard of there being any photographs from the camps.. Barefoot. Other people. “These… They both flinched, their heads snapping toward the sound. Mia and Simon turned to look at each other. Crossing the parking lot toward the bus, she forced herself not to run. “What… Like bury it right here —”
Simon frowned, concentrating and talking fast. “Behind the restrooms.” He folded the guidebook around the phone and started off. He gestured with the phone. They’d be hidden, at least for a few minutes. “It looks like the kind of things that Dad says happen in the prison camps. He caught her expression, let out a sigh, and followed her. But it just brought up more photos. A man digging with a shovel, his arms and legs nothing but skin-covered bones, his shirt open to reveal a skeletal chest. Dad and Mr. Where had this come from? Mia heard herself whimper. Dad was leaning toward Mr. A naked doll in the mud. Ragged people standing in long lines, their faces hollowed like Holocaust survivors. There he was, over by the bus, talking to Mr. “Over there.” She gestured toward the grove of trees. Some of the tour group members were moving across the parking lot to the bus. The soldiers continued their march, pulling Dad with them. “I need you to see something.” She lowered her voice for only Simon to hear. Kim. This is what came of breaking the rules. A scrawny young boy, pushing a wagon heaped with coal. Kim was talking to him, looking agitated. Preorder   the book   here. “So we have a major problem.”
“Do they… There were more photos.