Publisher's synopsis

From best-selling author Alice Pung and renowned illustrator Sher Rill Ng comes an extraordinarily powerful and moving book about how the past can shape the future.

Xiao Xin believes he is a red fire warrior but his family are always telling him to be careful. They believe the world is a dangerous place. Too dangerous for a little boy on his own.

They don’t understand what I can do!
They don’t understand what I can be!

Renowned storytellers Alice Pung and Sher Rill Ng bring to life a beautiful and tender story about learning to conquer your own fears – as a child, and as an adult.


  • Notable – CBCA Picture Book 2023
  • Winner – Educational Publishing Awards Australia 2023 (Educational Picture Book)
  • Winner – IBBY Ena Noel Award 2024 (Sher Rill Ng as Illustrator)
  • Longlist – The Danz Children’s Book Award 2024 (Picture Book)

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