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KL Book Tour – The Two Heroes

Sri KL International4As part of my Scholastic KL Book Tour on April 25-26, I spoke at Sri KL International School. At the end of my talk, as was my norm, I challenged the children, “Write a better story than mine. If it’s good, I’ll put it on my blog!”
Well, Xin Ru has taken me up on my word and sent me her tale. So here it is. Presenting…

by Chuah Xin Ru (more…)

Scholastic KL Book Tour

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So grateful to Scholastic for making my wish come true! I wanted to present my books A Fighting Chance and Not in the Stars in Malaysian schools, so on April 25-26, Scholastic arranged for me to speak in three schools – Tenby International School, Idrissi International School and Sri KL International School.
I had a wonderful time. Some of the audiences were small and intimate, but in Sri KL International for example, the students were from Form 1 all the way to Form 6. All the children were very literate and well-spoken. They were very imaginative and creative.
Just some humourous ideas from the children themselves – The weapon of choice for Mr Bomber (the villain) is… a pencil. Yup, we had to crack our brains about how Mr Bomber was going to take over the world using… a pencil. Well, it is said that “the pen is mightier than the sword”!  🙂
Another highly-visual plot – our hero jumps from the 800m Burj Khalifa onto a moving plane, and battles to send the villain back into a magic portal which is behind a secret door approximately found on the 100th floor of the 211-storey building.
Their imaginations were still buzzing when I left. After I returned home, one of the students emailed me her story, which I will share in a later post!

Added New Books

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Had to add two new books Shaped for a Purpose and A Fighting Chance.
I liked my previous collage, but every time I needed to add a new book,
I had to go find all the previous books to snap a photo.
So I have decided to change to this linear (boring) style,
so I can add new books easily.
Shaped for a Purpose (Armour Publishing) and A Fighting Chance (Scholastic)
are brand-new releases. Please pick them up from major bookstores!
Thank you for your support!


Playtime with Ye Ye @Imagine Native-Creative Fest


I’m thankful for the full turnout at the Playtime with Ye Ye storytelling at Imagine Native-Creative Fest for Kids at S.E.A. Aquarium on 5 June. There were more than 50 children in the room! We didn’t have enough paper, pencils and colour pencils! (more…)

Next Author Talk

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Updated my slides for Author Talk at Imagine|Native! at S.E.A. Aquarium on June 5.
I am grateful to God for His blessings and thankful for the support of the reading and publishing community for these acknowledgements.
Please join my illustrator Haw Shing Yee and me at S.E.A. Aquarium on June 5, from 1:15 to 2:45 pm!

BookFest @ Malaysia 2015


I attended the BookFest in Kuala Lumpur on July 12 to give a talk about Not In the Stars. This is my first time making an Author Visit in KL. (more…)

Not in the Stars nominated

Not in the Stars Hedwig Anuar shortlist

Not in the Stars made it to Hedwig Anuar Award 2015 shortlist. What an honour!

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