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CHINGLISH SCHOOL TOUR – November 2019
This event is now oversubscribed. If you would like to book a paid visit by Sue Cheung or another author please let us know here.
This November we are touring with Sue Chueng and her sensational, much celebrated new novel CHINGLISH. Rave reviews are below!
There are four dates up for grabs – author fee and travel expenses have been waived for these dates only! (courtesy of Andersen Press)
Dates available are: 4 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov, 25 Nov. First come first served! See qualifying criteria below...
Hosting Criteria: Sufficient time must be allocated to allow for the Assembly and Q&A (45 mins - 1 hr) and subsequent Book Signing (minimum 30 mins.)
Please note that book signing should not coincide with scheduled breaks. (Children and teachers all need their down time, after all!)
Who: Years 7 - 9
Audience Requirement: 150+ students. The more the merrier, so please consider inviting neighbouring schools to join!
When: Mondays in November (4 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov, 25 Nov) 1 morning and 1 afternoon slot available each day. Other dates available upon request.
Fee and Travel Expenses: Waived! for dates listed above
Book sales and advance promotion: required from participating schools.
Book Supply: Pea Green Boat Books will supply all books for sale and will also supply Letters Home, Posters and online pre-ordering to minimise school admin. Click here for more information.
Technical Requirements: Flipchart/whiteboard and markers for doodling, PowerPoint facilities with clicker, hands-free microphone
Request to host: Click HERE to register your interest!
About Chinglish: Jo Kwan is a teenager growing up in 1980s Coventry with her annoying little sister, too-cool older brother, a series of very unlucky pets and utterly bonkers parents. But unlike the other kids at her new school or her posh cousins, Jo lives above her parents' Chinese takeaway. And things can be tough - whether it's unruly customers or the snotty popular girls who bully Jo for being different. Even when she does find a BFF who actually likes Jo for herself, she still has to contend with her erratic dad's behaviour. All Jo dreams of is breaking free and forging a career as an artist.
Told in diary entries and doodles, Jo's brilliantly funny observations about life, family and char siu make for a searingly honest portrayal of life on the other side of the takeaway counter.
Chinglish Author: Sue Cheung was born in the Midlands and spent her early years scribbling on anything she could find. At the age of 16 she seized her chance to become an artist by winning a scholarship to the London College of Fashion. Later, Sue went into advertising as an Art Director. She now lives in Bournemouth and writes and illustrates children’s books in between freelancing as a designer.
In the Media...
Sue Cheung's CHINGLISH, published earlier this month, has been celebrated all over the media, including interviews on BBC Women's Hour, and BBC Breakfast, a 5-star review from the Telegraph and glowing reviews in trade press too...
“[A] rare gem... a first-class book.” – Emily Bearn, 5-Star review, The Telegraph ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"New Books We Love, September 2019: 'Book of the Day' 7/9/19" – Booktrust
“By turns hilarious and tragic” – The Bookseller
"A funny and achingly poignant portrayal of the identity crises, family conflicts, and hopes of a British-Chinese teenager in the 1980s" – LoveReading4Kids
“I loved it. It's hilarous, unexpectedly dark . . . has a very classic YA feel” – Zen Cho
“[A] fantastic novel of teenage angst, homophobia, racism and awesome 80s fashion from the brilliant Sue Cheung.” – Booktrust
“Chinglish is one of the best #ownvoices stories out there in UKYA right now. Chinglish was belly-achingly funny, heartbreaking, tender and unflinchingly honest all at the same time. I couldn't put it down” – Alix Long, Delightful Book Reviews
“I really loved this story, it's hilarious and really heart breaking at the same time ... a story of tragedy, abuse, neglect and hope. I think it's amazing” – Lucas Maxwell, Portable Magic Dispenser