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#BuySingLit, Read Our Stories - Danger Dan Confronts the Merlion Mastermind

#BuySingLit, Read Our Stories - Danger Dan Confronts the Merlion Mastermind

Hold it! The fate of the Merlion is at stake! In this superhero-inspired adventure from Lesley-Anne and Monica Tan, authors of the first four books in the Secrets of Singapore series, time travellers Danny ‘Danger Dan’ and Melody ‘Gadget Girl’ blast to Singapore of 1964 to halt a dangerous time warp that could change the course of history as we know it. Danger Dan Confronts the Merlion Mastermind is packed with action, science fiction gadgets like the tiny flying Fly Cam and the Forever Kool aircon jacket, and plenty of situational slapstick humour. But it is also filled with meticulously...

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#BuySingLit, Read Our Stories - Out & About in Singapore

#BuySingLit, Read Our Stories - Out & About in Singapore

Ever been out in public with a child and had to answer a myriad of questions about the history of the National Gallery or the Esplanade? Out & About in Singapore has the answers for you! Illustrated in full colour, this sturdy, full-sized hardcover is a child-friendly guide to the sights and attractions of the Lion City. Chock full of trivia and historical facts, this book covers Singapore’s attractions both well-known —including Gardens by the Bay and the Esplanade — as well as sights to see off the beaten track, such as Kusu Island and Peranakan cultural enclave in Joo...

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Sundays Are For Reading - The Pinballs

Sundays Are For Reading - The Pinballs

One summer two boys and a girl went to a foster home to live together. With strong character voices and a truckload of pithy one-liners, Newbery Award winner Betsy Byars’ The Pinballs tackles heavy topics including neglect, abuse, and loss with a deft hand and wry humour that will strike a chord with readers. Originally published in 1977 as a contemporary novel, the timelessness of The Pinballs’ themes ring true even today. The strength of The Pinballs begins with its characters. The dialogue alone is zippy and entertaining, and that focus draws attention when characters act contrary to their speech,...

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Book Review: The House on Silat Road

Book Review: The House on Silat Road

In March, we hosted the authors of The House on Silat Road for a talk during the #BuySingLit Campaign. Si-Hoe S.S., the 'real Sing' whose memories form the basis for this book, recounted her most harrowing experience during World War II, as the family had to evacuate their home as bombs fell around them. We ran down the stairs, heading for the road. Halfway down, a bomb landed right in our path and burst into flames. Without a pause, Father hauled us high over the bomb, over the fire and dropped us on the other side. We scrambled to our...

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