Hong Kong is my home. I’ve lived here for over 25 years. It’s a fascinating city of contrast and colour. In my writing, I strive to represent the diverse children who live here. In my reading, I focus on fiction written for or about Chinese children.
My young adult novel Bloodswell was published in December 2012 by Commercial Press Hong Kong. You can find out more about the book here, or click here to watch a video of my interview with Merle Linda Wolin, an award-winning and Pulitzer-nominated American journalist.
In April 2016 Commercial Press Hong Kong published "Cat Soup and Other Short Stories".
Children's books set in Hong Kong and written in English are few and far between. To beat the summer heat, I have locked myself away to compile a list:
CHILDREN'S FICTION SET IN HONG KONG
- Hacker, Arthur. ABC of Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Lanyon, 2000. Print.
- Taylor, Jacqui. A Hong Kong ABC. Hong Kong: self-published, 1995. Print.
- Wu-David, Diana. Hong Kong ABC. Illus. Margaret Jung. Hong Kong: self-published, 2011. Print.
- Berkeley, Jon. Chopsticks. US: Random House, 2005. Print.
- Brennan, Sarah. The Tale of Chester Choi. HK: Auspicious Times, 2011. Print.
- Coates, Gavin. Pinky the Dolphin and the Power that May Be. Hong Kong: Marine Conservation Society, 1996. Print.
- Coates, Gavin. The Last Nut. Hong Kong: Macmillan Publishers, 1991. Print.
- Coombes, Matt. There's no Place at Home. Hong Kong: self-published, 2014. Print.
- Cooper, Matthew. Black Rain Day.Illus. Stephanie Suen. Hong Kong: Pangolin Books, 2013. Print.
- Cooper, Matthew. Lost in Hong Kong.Illus. Fiona Lai. Hong Kong: Muffin Books, 2015. Print.
- Jefferies, Alan. The Crocodile Who Wanted to be Famous.Illus. Mariko Jesse. Trans. Liang Yue. Hong Kong: Sixth Finger Press, 2004. Print.
- Leou, Ellen, WY. Lulu the Hong Kong Cat – and the Big Adventures of the Hong Kong Cat on the Day she Snuck Out. Hong Kong: Big Good Company, 2012. Print.
- Leou, Ellen. Lulu the Hong Kong Cat – Christmas in Sham Shui Po. Hong Kong: Big Good Company, 2012. Print.
- Leou, Ellen. The Hong Kong Time Machine. Hong Kong: Big Good Company, 2013. Print.
- Leyris, Lise. Petit Paul Globe Trotter – Generation World Citizen Hong Kong. Xlibris, 2011. Print.
- O'Callaghan, Julie. My Hong Kong. Illus. Ralph Kiggell. Hong Kong: Peak Publishing, 2010. Print.
- Sasek, Miroslav. This is Hong Kong. US: Universe, 2007. Print.
- Smith, Icy. 3 Years and 8 Months. Illus. Jennifer Kindert. US: East West Discovery Press, 2013. Print.
- Whittington, Theadora. The Dragon's Back - a Story from Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Blacksmith Books, 2007. Print.
- Whittington, Theadora. The Mermaid and the Pink Dolphin. Hong Kong: MCCM Creations, 2012. Print.
- Houng, Jane. Lantau Life. Illus. Vasavi Seethepalli. Hong Kong: self-published, 2011. Print.
- Houng, Jane. Cat Soup and Other Short Stories. Illus. Bianca Lesaca. Hong Kong: QX Publishing. 2016. Print.
MIDDLE GRADE NOVELS
- Booth, Martin. Music on the Bamboo Radio. UK: Puffin, 1998. Print.
- Mittal, Anjali. The Secret of the Golden Dragon. HK: Goldenford. 2016. Print.
YOUNG ADULT NOVELS
- Greenway, Alice. White Ghost Girls. UK: Atlantic Books, 2006. Print.
- Houng, Jane. Bloodswell. Hong Kong: QX Publishing Co,, 2012. Print.
- Tilley, Adrian. The Damaged. Hong Kong: Haven Books, 2011. Print.
- Tilley, Adrian. The Spider's Web. Hong Kong: Haven Books, 2010. Print.
NOVELS IN VERSE
- Russell, Ching Yeung. Bungee Cord Hair. Singapore: Scholastic, 2014. Print.
- Russell, Ching Yeung. Tofu Quilt. US: Lee & Lo Books, 2009. Print.
- Tilley, Adrian. Cheung Chau Paradise. Hong Kong: QX Publishing Co., 2013. Print.
This list is probably not complete and I've put question marks when I'm not absolutely sure that the book fits the criterion. Please contact me if you know a book that I've missed, or for any other comments or amendments. Thanks!
In 2013-2014, SingTao Publishing Group published serialised versions of "Twinkle Toes" and "Cat Soup" in the "Goodies" - a student newspaper with over 40,000 subscribers. Click here to read or listen to "Cat Soup" and click here for "Twinkle Toes" ...
In 2014-2015, SingTao re-published "Twinkle Toes" and "Cat Soup" in the Junior Standard. For the "Goodies", I wrote a chapter book called "Mooncake Magic" and rewrote "Lantau Life" in a 15-chapter version. You can read and listen to my new stories on this website.
In July and August 2015, over two hundred children from Tin Shui Wai will have an opportunity to improve their English from reading "Twinkle Toes" as part of a programme for disadvantaged children run by the charity "Just Volunteers".
Bloodswell is now available as an e-book on Amazon.com