Professor Frances Cha ’11 Publishes New Children’s Book

Lisa Cochran
September 13, 2023

The Goblin Twins, a children’s book by adjunct faculty member and Writing alumna Frances Cha ’11, was published last month by Crown Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House). Its sequel will be released in 2024. 

The book, illustrated by Jaime Kim, recounts the misadventures of 601-year old Korean twins, Doki and Kebi. The brothers are what is referred to in ancient Korean folklore as Dokkaebi—mischievous Korean goblins. Doki and Kebi are strikingly different, though incredibly tight-knit. Where Kebi likes to adventure and scare people, Doki is bookish and charitable. Together, they move to modern-day New York City, where they celebrate Halloween in an unexpected way. 

A drawing of two goblins in an airplane engine, flying over a twilit city.

Cha will be presenting The Goblin Twins at The Korea Society on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at 6:30 pm ET at a hybrid, behind-the-scenes workshop with Aram Kim; from 3-6 pm on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at Sleepy Hollow Bookshop; at the Warner Library in Tarrytown at 4 pm ET on Monday, October 16, 2023; and at the New York Public Library’s 53rd Street branch at 4 pm ET on Monday, October 30, 2023. 

Frances Cha, the bestselling author of the novel If I Had Your Face (Random House, 2020), was born in Minnesota, grew up in Hong Kong, and moved to Korea when she was 11. She later worked as the CNN travel and culture editor in Seoul and Hong Kong. Cha now resides in NYC with her family.