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Lizard's Tale

Weng Wai Chan

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Text Publishing Company
01 June 2019
Children's & Educational; Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
t's Singapore in 1940, war is just around the corner-but twelve-year-old Lizard doesn't know that. He lives in Chinatown above a tailor's shop, surviving on his wits and hustling for odd jobs.

When he steals a small teak box containing a Japanese code book from a Raffles Hotel suite, he finds himself in a dangerous world of wartime espionage. Lizard doesn't know who to trust. How is the mysterious book inside the box connected to his friend Lili, a girl full of secrets and fighting skills? Can he trust her, or will she betray him in the end?

Lizard's Tale is an action-packed adventure for middle-grade readers, set in a British colony in Asia as the Japanese invasion of Singapore looms.
By:   Weng Wai Chan
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   302g
ISBN:   9781925603910
ISBN 10:   1925603911
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   01 June 2019
Recommended Age:   From 9 to 12 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Weng Wai Chan was born and grew up in Singapore. She now lives in Auckland with her husband and three children. Lizard's Tale is her first book.

Reviews for Lizard's Tale

`I found it exciting, intriguing and emotional. It had a lot of ups and downs which kept me reading. I enjoyed this book, I would definitely recommend it to friends.' * Alexis, aged 12 * I loved streetwise Lizard; his loyalty, grit and optimism as he grapples with the criminal underworld, his lost uncle and the shadowy manoeuvres and menaces of WWII. Funny, moving and full of action, Lizard's Tale is a spy story where the kids are more than capable of handling themselves, the stakes are high and there's a surprise or secret around every corner. * Leanne Hall *


  • Long-listed for Best Designed Children's Fiction Cover, Australian Book Design Awards 2020 (Australia)

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