Lizard's Tale

Author(s): Weng Wai Chan

NZ Middle Fiction 8-12-year-olds | 2020 NZ Book Awards | Junior Fiction 5-9-year-olds | Adventure and Real Life Stories

It'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.

Kathleen's review -  This is a historical novel with children as spies - full of adventure and a realistic general plot. It's also a good talking point for what actually did happen in real life


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A heart-racing middle-grade adventure mystery set on the streets of Singapore against the backdrop of World War II, exploring issues of belonging, race and diversity.

Winner of the 2020 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction

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.

General Fields

  • : 9781925603910
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : June 2019
  • : ---length:- '19.8'width:- '12.8'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Weng Wai Chan
  • : 256
  • : 823.3
  • : English
  • : 1907
  • : Paperback