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A thief. A spy. A mysterious codebook. And a whole lot of trouble.
It’s 1940 and World War II is being fought in faraway Europe. Lizard doesn’t know much about that. He lives in Singapore’s Chinatown, surviving on odd jobs and petty theft. When Boss Man Beng asks him to steal a teak box from a suite in the glamorous Raffles Hotel, Lizard knows the job is important. But can he know just how dangerous it is?
A sinister man appears in the shadows, and Lizard’s best friend, Lili, shows up with unexpected fighting skills and her eye on what’s in the box. Lizard finds himself on an exciting, action-packed adventure in a world of coded secrets, Japanese invasion plans and undercover spies.
A Note From the Publisher
UK release: 27 February 2020 North American release: 12 May 2020
Praise for Lizard’s Tale
"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 (author of Iris and the Tiger)
"The heady tropical environment and cultural melting pot of Singapore is brought vividly to life in this thrilling historical adventure, and the political and social complexities of wartime Singapore are handled with clarity and care for a young audience."—Readings
"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
"An extremely fast-paced action mystery that will keep readers enthralled…a fantastic first novel by Weng Wai Chan and gives a wonderful insight into life during this time. It has strong and fabulous characters, with many twists and turns."—Lamont Books
"A fabulous adventure story…I enjoyed this action-packed spy story immensely. Middle grade readers are sure to enjoy the sights and sounds of Asia as they follow Lizard and Lili’s escapades."—ReadPlus
"A delightfully entertaining, historical story…adventurous and enchanting, exploring colonisation, wartime and the changing multiculturalism of Singapore during the forties."—Diva Booknerd