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Lizard’s Tale

A heart-racing middle-grade adventure mystery set on the streets of Singapore against the backdrop of World War II. It explores themes of race, empire, friendship and belonging

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Winner, The Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction, NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, New Zealand, 2020
Winner, Storylines Notable Book Award, New Zealand, 2020
Shortlisted, Best First Book Award, NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, New Zealand, 2020
Longlisted, Best Designed Children's Fiction Cover, Australian Book Design Awards, 2020

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.

Suitable for children ages 9-12.


Weng Wai Chan was born and grew up in Singapore. She now lives in Auckland with her husband and three children.

Book Title

Lizard's Tale


The Text Publishing Company


Text Publishing






197mm x 129mm

Date Published

July 2019



Weight0.302 kg


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