Sisters Min Rui and Chloe escape a mysterious room thanks to the help of a Naga. Thus begins their adventure in a world of mystical creatures at once strange yet familiar, like the Horbo – part man, part water buffalo. How did they get from the HDB flats of Singapore to this place? Why does Chloe have a bell that does not ring? There are more questions than answers in this debut novel by journalist Lin Xueling but, then again, it is the first part in a series. A refreshing take on the tween quest genre, this book fills a much-needed gap in the market by introducing Asian kids to the myths and history of this region.
Best for ages six and up