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A POCKETFUL OF MEMORIES
Thirteen-year-old Emily Seow and family are in Malacca visiting her paternal grandfather, Grand. Uncle Thomas, his wife Auntie Nelly and their two children are there too. What appears to be an ordinary family gathering turns out to be an occasion where secrets are revealed, self-identities are challenged, and familial bonds are tested. Grand is gradually losing his memory, and now keeps his treasures close to him. Emily finds herself confronted with a revelation that could unravel what she once thought was true. Auntie Nelly, whose difficult childhood have made her the strong and determined woman she is, comes to realise that these very attributes may eventually cause her to lose everything that ever mattered to her. This is a story that tells how love is about accepting others, even in their frailties; how courage is about forgiving another; and how it is often from the weakest among us, that we learn wisdom and charity.

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Billy & The Cloud Fife
It all begins with the Lizard man.

With his 14th birthday just days away, Billy Lin is in Penang enjoying his holiday when the creature turns his life topsy-turvy. Before he knows it, he is bestowed the Cloud Fife by his wacky Uncle Jinx’s Curiosity Cabinet, stumbles upon his family’s secrets, and is drawn from the idyllic beaches of Batu Ferringhi into the mystical Wulin world of fairies and goblins! An assassination plot forces Billy to search for his own innate magic and claim mastery over the flute. Can Snake Princess Flowertail, Ox boy Spikehorn and his other newfound friends help him in his quest? Will Billy be able to prove himself worthy to bear the Cloud Fife?

More importantly, will Billy survive?

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Lambs For Dinner
18-year-old Skye doesn’t believe in coincidences. The last time she
broke a mirror, her father died of a heart attack. Now, she’s not taking
any chances… That is, until she meets Drew. As Skye comes to learn
about Drew’s recent stint at Hopewood sanatorium and history of assault,
she inches closer to danger.
Enter Pool, Drew’s roommate at Hopewood, who is obsessed with the
Steppenwolf theory – one that supports the idea of man and beast coexisting
in opposition within a person – and his belief that Drew and
him are more wolf than man. Pool would do anything to eliminate
anybody in Drew’s life who threatens to take the wolf out of him…
including Skye…
Inspired by Herman Hesse’s Steppenwolf, Lambs for Dinner is a story
of two damaged people mired in their past finding the future in each
other.
Lambs for Dinner is one of five winners in the children’s chapter
books and young adult fiction category of the “Beyond Words: Young
and Younger” contest organised by the National Arts Council.c“Beyond
Words: Young and Younger 2011” aims to encourage the creation of
high quality literature from Singapore that can potentially leave its
mark across multiple media in the international marketplace.

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S.A.I.N.T.S. Song of Winds
Meet the SAINTS (Syndicated Alliance of Irregular and Talented Specialists):
Song, the master of the mystic Tao of Twelve Winds; Diego, a
clairvoyant who can see past events and past lives; Ronny, a man of
unparalleled intuition; Audrey, the ultimate exponent of the healing
arts of the Ayurveda; and Zengo, the enigmatic founder of SAINTS.
Using sheer intellect and mastering their subtle supernatural forces,
SAINTS is called upon to stop an equally formidable force, Los Payasos.
But before they can succeed, in a race against time, one team must
unlock the cryptic codes of Emperor Qin’s tomb while the second must
find the Lost Treasure of the Incas, for so it seems, one needs the other.
Yin and Yang.
Song of Winds is a mystery thriller for young adults – a sort of Indiana
Jones meets Dan Brown and Jackie Chan, yet very different. Embark
on an adventure, a romp and a love story, a tale seeped in history and
geography and magical what-ifs.
SAINTS: Song of Winds is one of five winners in the children’s chapter
books and young adult fiction category of the “Beyond Words: Young
and Younger” contest organised by the National Arts Council.c“Beyond
Words: Young and Younger 2011” aims to encourage the creation of
high quality literature from Singapore that can potentially leave its
mark across multiple media in the international marketplace.

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The Five Coins
“One day, I hope that both of you can learn just how special the five coins
are.”
What did Granddad’s words to twins James and Joy mean? How special
can five dusty old coins be? The twins find out soon enough as the coins
transport them through space and time to mysterious locales with terrifying
beasts, ruthless villains and helpless souls.
Where on earth will the coins bring them to next? Will they be able to undo
what they have done? Will they ever be able to get back home? Or will they
remain lost forever?
A tale of puzzles and adventure, The Five Coins follows the journey of
twins James and Joy after they receive an unusual gift of five unique coins
from their late grandfather. In their attempt to share the coins, the twins
unexpectedly discover that the coins aren’t mere coins but are gateways to
strange exotic places and intrigue!
As James and Joy embark on their adventure with the coins, they discover
the importance of working together and of being of “one mind” when they
meet two very different people in Usta and Hashir, who both seek the twins’
help to return home. Who will the twins agree to help?
The Five Coins is one of five winners in the children’s chapter books and
young adult fiction category of the “Beyond Words: Young and Younger”
contest organised by the National Arts Council.c“Beyond Words: Young and
Younger 2011” aims to encourage the creation of high quality literature from
Singapore that can potentially leave its mark across multiple media in the
international marketplace.

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The Machine Boy
Set in the year 1889, during an era of advanced steam-powered science,
the British Crown Colony of Singapore will bear witness to the
birth of a hero born of unlikely circumstances.
When 12-year-old Mohammad Aman saves his father from falling machinery
on a fateful day in the year 1889 and is himself crushed by it,
he is remade with machine parts by scientist Professor Isaac Reading,
and is thrust into a world in which he has to grow up quickly.
Now part-boy, part-machine, Aman has to contend with prejudice, political
intrigue and the criminal underworld. Torn between loyalty and
obligation, Aman has to make a decision that will change the fate of
Singapore forever.
This is the beginning of a new age – the age of the Machine Boy …
The Machine Boy is one of five winners in the children’s chapter
books and young adult fiction category of the “Beyond Words: Young
and Younger” contest organised by the National Arts Council.c“Beyond
Words: Young and Younger 2011” aims to encourage the creation of
high quality literature from Singapore that can potentially leave its
mark across multiple media in the international marketplace.

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Vintage Singapore: 1950s

Straits Times Press, in collaboration with Singapore Post, is launching Vintage Singapore: 1950s – the third of a series of exclusive postcard books featuring 20 iconic moments in mid 20th century Singapore. Only 2,600 of these limited edition Vintage Singapore: 1950s postcard books will be printed. The book contains 20 detachable postcards, each with local prepaid postage included. Mail them for free within Singapore. All images in the book were curated from Singapore Press Holdings’ extensive archives by Joyce Fang of The Straits Times Picture Desk.

Within the book are unforgettable vintage images of a bygone era. Take a peek at a time when people had to work hard for a living – from the weather-beaten coolies unloading goods from barges at Boat Quay, to the young shoeshine boy who scampers around Bras Basah Road in search of customers – and yet, found joy in the simple things: whether it be a cooling coconut drink on a hot day, or a short trip to the amusement centre at night.

Get glimpses of little-known scenes too, such as the hole-in-a-wall provision store, and snake charmers plying their trade. They reflect the special moments of the everyday Singaporean who lived in a decade when the country was emerging from colonial rule, enroute to self-governance.


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