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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

The Fake-Chicken Kung Fu Fighting Blues

by (author) Aaron Lam

illustrated by Kean Soo

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Feb 2018
Humorous Stories, City & Town Life, Multigenerational, Film, New Experience
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    Publish Date
    Feb 2018
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 7


12-year-old video buff Anthony is devastated when his family moves from Chinatown to a remote northern community. There are no other Asian families around and everyone loves hockey, which Anthony just doesn't get. The move is even harder on his grandmother, Po Po, who doesn't speak English and puts a fake chicken over the front door for luck. Desperate to fit in, Anthony takes to the ice for the first time — and is a total disaster! But he manages to make friends after standing up the school bully, who asks Anthony to teach him "kung fu"! Anthony starts putting together a documentary about his new town, which turns out to be full of interesting people. As he discovers the joys of small-town life, his new friends get an introduction to his Chinese culture, and even Po Po begins to feel at home.


About the authors

AARON LAM is a writer and producer of documentaries about hockey, theatre and health. His nonfiction and poetry have appeared in magazines and films. He lives in Oakville, Ontario.

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KEAN SOO is a cartoonist and creator of the popular children's comic character Jellaby. He was selected for TD Canada's Children's Book Week tour in 2016. He was born in Hong Kong and now lives in Canada.

Kean Soo's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"This is a sweet book about how to adapt to moving house and town for 7-10 year olds."


"The illustrations were a cute added bonus and the book has a lot of humor ... a good story and a good read!"

Just Us Girls Blog

"This book is a lot of fun. The illustrations ... are quirky, like the title, and Anthony is a very likable character, and has a good sense of humor about it all, despite not really liking hockey, which is an obsession in this small town."


Readers who have ever needed to change schools or move will relate to this short novel describing Anthony's efforts to adapt to a new life.

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