THW publications

Habibah: the story of an island girl

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A shipwrecked sailor lands on a remote island and changes the course of Habibah’s life forever.
 
“Lying in the dark, it felt like any other peaceful night on the island, except it was not. My body was tense, my heart raced and my mind could not stop thinking about the sailor and the outrageous things he had said. Could any of this be true?”
 
Set in the Malay Archipelago in the 1800s, “Habibah” is an emotional coming-of-age tale that will leave readers wanting to find out more.
 

Suitable for readers aged 12 to 15 years old.

S$15 per copy

Includes local postage

Samsui Girl

Amber is a tomboy who likes to sit with her legs up on the chair. Mother thinks that is very unladylike. She says only Samsui women put their legs up on a chair. To get her way, Amber decides to be a Samsui girl – at least for a day. Samsui Girl follows Amber’s adventures as she learns to look and work like a true Samsui woman. But it was not as easy as she thinks!

S$7 per copy

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Gasing Boy

John Chow is in trouble. Sent away on holiday, he unwittingly enters a top-spinning competition with a champion spinner. John can barely spin a bottle, let alone the traditional Malay top, the gasing. The stakes are high. The reputation of his uncle and friends ride on his shoulders. Does John have the nerves and skills to withstand the whirlwind training and emerge as the champion?

S$7 per copy

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Wayang Girl

Amber is excited at her new birthday present from Uncle John – a pair of cymbals. But Mother is not happy when Amber marches around the house, banging the cymbals all day long. She says Amber is a “whole noisy Wayang rolled up in one small girl”. Amber has never heard of the Wayang before. Join Amber as she learns all about Singapore’s traditional street opera with the help of two elderly friends.

S$7 per copy

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Coolie Boys

John Chow is in trouble. Again. This time, he and his friend, Gideon, find themselves forced to become the personal coolies of the school bullies. They are embarrassed and exhausted. There seems to be no way out. Can John's grandfather- a former coolie - give them new perspective on the life and skills of a coolie, and help them escape the clutches of the bullies?

S$7 per copy

Includes local postage

THW Zine

The THW Zine is a quarterly publication we put out on various topics on Singapore and Asian history and culture. It’s free to read online – click on the issue number. It is also available for a small fee if you want hardcopies. 

Issue 1

The inaugural issue of the THW Zine deals with cats - big and small - in our history. Click on the issue number to read online for free.

Issue 2

For the second issue of the THW Zine, we're taking to the seas! Come find out more about the islands of Southeast Asia. Click on the issue number to read online for free.