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拍花子和俏女孩 (lit. Pai Hua Zi and the Clever Girl)

Children's book by Zhang Xinxin.

In 2 volumes.


Pai Hua Zi and the Clever Girl

Translated by Helen Wang, August, 2012

A Graphic Novel By Zhang Xinxin.

The story of a little Beijing girl prone to skipping school. She searches the vast city for Pai Hua Zi, a legendary Beijing phantom who steals children to far off, dangerous lands. Her wanderings through the ancient city’s monuments, markets, and moldering old hutong mansions uncover Bejing’s mythic foundation, and its most horrible secrets – until the phantom really does come to sweep all the city’s youth away.

Published digitally, in 2 parts, with 20 pages of Part 1 available as a sample. Chinese edition to follow.


Pai Hua Zi and the Clever Girl Self-published Aug. 2012 UK