Helena Ku Rhee is a writer based in Los Angeles. Her latest children’s book, The Paper Kingdom (Penguin Random House), received starred reviews from Kirkus, Shelf Awareness and Booklist, who called the book “Enchanting and powerful.” The book is on the Spring 2020 Inspired Recommendations list by the American Booksellers Association and listed on the Most Anticipated Children’s Books of 2020 by BookPage. Her writing can also be found in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Salon.com.
Helena grew up in L.A., but has also lived in various parts of the U.S., Asia and Europe. She loves to travel far and wide across this beautiful planet, counting among her favorite journeys a camping trip in the Sahara, a swim with elephants in Thailand and a horseback-riding tour of Easter Island. She draws story ideas from her travels as well as her childhood.