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.
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.
'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
'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 *
'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 *
'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 *
'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, Lizard's Tale is spirited and utterly delightful.' * Diva Booknerd *
'Readers will be hard put to turn the pages fast enough through the whirl of chases, captures, close escapes, flying bullets and poison darts, and stunning revelations.' * Booklist *
'In addition to its strong pacing, intriguing mystery, and humorous elements, Chan's debut is packed with underlying themes of belonging, prejudice, and empowerment.' * Kirkus (starred review) *
'[A] sparkling story of child spies and international intrigue... a delight.' * Wall Street Journal *