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Freedom Swimmer

A story of friendship, bravery and a desperate bid for liberty

Wai Chim



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Allen & Unwin
24 August 2016
Wai Chim's evocative tale was long-listed for CBCA Book of the Year 2017 and this incredible story about two boys' swim from mainland China to Hong Kong in search of freedom from poverty and oppression is inspired by a true story!

Ming survived the famine that killed his parents during China's 'Great Leap Forward', and lives a hard but adequate life, working in the fields.

When a group of city boys comes to the village as part of a Communist Party re-education program, Ming and his friends aren't sure what to make of these new arrivals who are not used to hard labour and village life.

Despite his reservations, Ming befriends a charming city boy called Li. The two couldn't be more different, but slowly they form a bond over evening swims and shared dreams. But as the bitterness of life under the Party begins to take its toll on both boys, they begin to imagine the impossible: freedom.

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By:   Wai Chim
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 128mm, 
Weight:   246g
ISBN:   9781760113414
ISBN 10:   1760113417
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   24 August 2016
Recommended Age:   From 11
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Wai was born in New York City. Although her parents didn't speak much English, Wai harboured a passion for books from a very young age, sneaking stories into bed to read well into the night...Wai graduated from Duke University with majors in Economics and English. After graduation Wai moved to Japan, where she spent over a year teaching English...She has lived in Australia for ten years, enjoying the sun and pursuing her passion for writing...Wai Chim is also the author of a junior fiction series called Chook Chook...

  • Long-listed for CBCA Book of the Year 2017 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Readings Young Adult Prize 2018 (Japan)
  • Short-listed for Younger Readers 2017 (Australia)

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