The Asian Review of Books loves Maggie and Methuselah!

November 15, 2021 at 4:23 pm | Posted in Book reviews | Leave a comment
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A big thank you to Melanie Ho, book reviewer for the Asian Review of Books, for her lovely review of my new chapter book for pre-teens, The Marvellous Adventures of Maggie and Methuselah! Publisher Pete Spurrier at Blacksmith Books, artist Charly Cheung and I were soooo happy to read it!

Here’s the reviewer’s conclusion:

Books set in Hong Kong can sometimes have a doe-eyedness about them, where the authors over-explain any inclusion of Hong Kong history, culture and traditions or where the characters and descriptions end up reading as tired and clichéd. This is happily not the case with Brennan and Cheung, whose knowledge, experience and sense of Hong Kong allow them to skillfully integrate history, customs and geography in a fun tale with rich illustrations. A good, old-fashioned adventure awaits.

You can read the complete review HERE! And if you haven’t bought your own copy yet, you can purchase it at your favourite bookshop, or from anywhere in the world online by clicking this link!

Well done Vincy and thank you Kids4Kids!

November 2, 2021 at 10:20 pm | Posted in Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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Meet Vincy Chan, winner of the Kids4Kids Quiz Competition after my Author Visit via Zoom recently with my new book, The Marvellous Adventures of Maggie and Methuselah! Vincy very cleverly answered all the quiz questions correctly and gave a winning description of where she thinks the missing Chater Collection might be found! Here’s what Vincy said:

I think the beautiful missing collection will be in the government house’s humongous, magnificent garden and there will be an odd, smelly tunnel. You will find a gold, antique key and a brain racking poem that could help you find those unique paintings. Those appealing paintings will be in an old, wooden chest covered with gold and silver coins.”

I think that with writing skills like this, Vincy is well on the way to becoming an author herself! Well done Vincy!

You can listen to my session at Kids4Kids – and learn some fascinating Hong Kong history, as well as find out all about my funny, exciting new chapter book HERE! Thank you David Wong and the inspiring team at Kids4Kids for making this recording available! And thank you to Vincy’s dad for this beautiful portrait of Vincy!

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