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Big Tree in a Small Pot


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  • About the Author
  • Winner of 2019 Singapore Books Awards Best Middle Grade/Young Adult Title

    Privileged, sensitive and smart, Eric Teo learns by accident that he has a Peranakan grandmother – a woman with a dark past who isn’t allowed to see him. Curiosity, together with simmering tensions at home, drives him to go on a search for her to unearth the truth.

    Rajah – thoughtful, unflappable and visually impaired – lives modestly with his music-loving family, who do their best to help him live a normal life.

    When the two boys meet, each brings with him something the other must learn, and a friendship is forged that will change them both. Then, a tragic event occurs, and their newfound bond is put to the test. Set in modern-day Singapore, Big Tree in a Small Pot explores the meanings of friendship, family, loss and the values we live by.

  • Josephine Chia is a Peranakan Chinese who was born and raised in Kampong Potong Pasir, Singapore, in the 1950s during the colonial era. Josephine is proud of her culture and heritage and loves to wear her sarong kebaya. She is mesmerized by stories and enjoys the dreamtime of writing. She has lived in UK for more than thirty years but had returned home to live at the end of 2012.

    Josephine writes in English, in both fiction and non-fiction and has published twelve books. Josephine has won literary prizes and awards both in UK and Singapore. Kampong Spirit: Gotong Royong, Life in Potong Pasir 1955 to 1965, won the Singapore Literature Prize for Non-Fiction in November 2014. She has a BA Honours in Philosophy from Singapore University and an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, UK. She is a member of UK’s Society of Authors and Society of Women Writers and Journalists (SWWJ), and has served on the National Council of UK SWWJ to promote writing in UK.

ISBN: 9789814779753
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 136
Year Published: 2018