"In addition to its strong pacing, intriguing mystery, and humorous elements, Chan’s debut is packed with underlying themes of belonging, prejudice, and empowerment… An action-packed adventure with wide appeal.”—Kirkus, Best of 2020
"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
"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, author of Iris and the Tiger
"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
It’s Singapore in 1940, war is just around the corner—but 12-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?