Before I get to this week's feature, I just want to squeal about Bob Dylan being awarded the Nobel Prize. I don't care if there are folks who think he doesn't deserve it. I don't care if Mr. Dylan himself is or isn't that thrilled about it. I'm just happy. He is a poet, a cowboy, a true story-observer. Whee!
Okay, breathe. Back to business.
This week, I'm going to tell you about Chinese zombies. And about a particular twelve-year-old who had to vanquish one.
Chinese zombies, or jiang shi, are dressed in Qing Dynasty robes. Their faces are green and their limbs are stiff due to rigor mortis. They'll corner you, come face-close, and draw your life energy through one long, agonizing breath.
Liang is a twelve-year-old whose father and mother run a candles shop - Crackling Candles. However, things aren't well at home and at the shop. Just when they can't get worse, Liang finds out there's a Chinese zombie lurking in Crackling Candles.
Crackling Candles has a slogan: We Burn to Give Light.
Liang thinks it's rubbish. If their shop gives light, why does gloom stalk them?
But how can one stand by and watch a monster devour what's left of the family business?
That jiang shi has to go!
How to Vanquish a Jiang Shi
* a demon-catcher
* a talisman
* glutinous rice and more . . .
Most importantly, you'll need a braver heart, one that burns brighter than the zombie's desire to gain more power.
Will Liang be able to vanquish that Chinese zombie?
And what on earth would you need glutinous rice for?
Find out in this month's Cricket Magazine. (Yep, my story is out! I haven't received my advanced copies yet so I don't know how it has all turned out in the end. Editing went smoothly. Am very eager to see the illustrations.) If you're interested in my personal story with Cricket, check out this post.
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