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Brilliantly funny new series about the bravest scaredy-cat in the world


Sam Wu is NOT a scaredy-cat (except he is). When a trip to the Space Museum goes terrifyingly wrong, Sam begins a mission to prove to the school bully, and all of his friends, that he is a fearless space adventurer.


A truly laugh-out-loud, voice-led and madcap story of ghost hunting, snakes and mischievous pet cats called Butterbutt, perfect for fans of Tom Gates, Wilf the Mighty Worrier and Barry Loser, and readers aged six plus.


Look out for Sam's jawsome follow-up adventure - Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Sharks! coming in July 2018.


Katie and Kevin Tsang met in in 2008 while studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since then they have lived on three different continents and travelled to over 40 countries together. In 2015 they got married in Palm Springs, California. Kevin was born in Copenhagen and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Some of Sam Wu's experiences are based on Kevin's childhood. He currently works as a healthcare technology consultant.


Katie was born and raised in Southern California and also writes YA as Katherine Webber.


Katie and Kevin currently live in London.


Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts is their first joint novel.

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19th February '18
I read it to Noah aged 7 aged 7
Sam Wu Is NOT Afraid of Ghosts! 9781405287517
5 stars
This is a fantastic book and we had great fun reading it. The story is narrated by the main character Sam Wu. Sam is a school boy who is determined to show everyone how brave he is and how he is not afraid of anything. This is because when Sam went on a school trip to the Space Museum there was an 'unfortunate incident which should never be mentioned again'. Sam decides to leave home and go on an adventure to prove just how brave he is but after finding a new deadly pet of his own he goes back home so that everyone can meet his terrifying new sidekick and so that he can 'defeat the ghost king once and for all'. The book itself has some fantastic black and white illustrations. We loved all the fun shapes and the notes given at the bottom of the pages as well as the arrows pointing out further information. There are a lot of funny moments in the story and some great characters. We especially liked being able to find out information about Sam's Chinese culture. We can't wait for the sequel!
30th September '18
Minky read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Sam Wu Is NOT Afraid of Ghosts! 9781405287517
5 stars
I really enjoyed reading this book as it made me laugh.I liked the characters and my favourite was Sam Wu.
I'm hoping to get another Sam Wu book for christmas.
15th February '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Sam Wu Is NOT Afraid of Ghosts! 9781405287517
5 stars
Sometimes a book comes along, smacks you in the face and demands to be read and 'Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts' is definitely one of them. Illustrated fiction is my favourite of all the type of books I review, they are perfect for newly confident readers allowing them to gain confidence without being overwhelmed by pages of text and this one stands out from the crowd. Despite what Ralph Philip Zinkerman the Third (aka the school bully) says, Sam Wu is definitely not a scaredy-cat. Ok well maybe he is but he has to prove to Ralph that he isn't, which requires an extreme plan of action which may or may not involve obtaining a terrifying and deadly pet as a sidekick and defeating the Ghost king once and for all. Sound easy doesn't it? But no it really isn't that simple!
A joy from start to finish, it's a real treat for fans of comedy and chaos. The Tsangs have assembled a brilliant cast of characters who are engaging and entertaining.  It has a really appealing interactive format with it's zany and fun layout crammed with Nathan Reed's superb illustrations which are filled with humorous and witty details.  I have a particular soft spot for Sam's wonderfully inquisitive sister Lucy and their evil ninja cat Butterbutt, perhaps its because I share qualities with both of these characters - only kidding I'm nothing like Lucy. This is a story which will have you laughing out loud, cringing with embarrassment and being completely perplexed as Sam and his friends try to get work out how to catch a mysterious ghost.
What makes 'Sam Wu' stand out for me is that it is genuinely diverse and culturally rich in a way I have seen very little representation for in this age group. Sometimes when I'm reading a book the only way I realise that the characters are diverse is through the illustrations but Sam's cultural heritage resonates throughout this whole story without it actually being part of the plot. When Sam's friends visit his house he worries that they may find it strange that his family eats with chopsticks and one of his favourite meals is duck and turnip cake. But this could have easily been about Sam being embarrassed about his Mum singing loudly to the radio, or wearing skinny jeans, all children inherently find their parents embarrassing for one reason or another. Diverse, hilarious and just a little bit bonkers I can't wait to read the next adventure to find out what trouble Sam and his friends find themselves in next time.
22nd February '18
I read it to Pickle2010 aged 7 aged 7 & to Turbo aged 6 aged 6
Sam Wu Is NOT Afraid of Ghosts! 9781405287517
5 stars
This book is possibly one of the best books we have read in ages!! 
Sam Wu tries to prove to the school bully he is not a scardy cat, a brilliant story line for children just entering junior school. 
The book is littered with detailed illustrations and which really captivated the  reader.
It’s brilliant for independent readers to gain confidance whilst still being a fun book to share with each other. 
We would love to see more from this author.
16th February '18
Leia read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
Sam Wu Is NOT Afraid of Ghosts! 9781405287517
5 stars
What a fantastic book! My daughter (aged 6) and i read this together. We really really enjoyed it. The story is about a boy called Sam and there is an incident at the beginning where he does something that makes him feel embarrassed at school. The rest of the story is about how he tries to prove how brave he is. My daughter's favourite character was Sam's sister Lucy as she is really amazing and not afraid of anything. There are lots of really laugh out loud scenes! The main character is Chinese and there are lovely references to cultural differences which were really good to introduce. My daughter is looking forward to trying some of the delicious food mentioned in the book too. Great illustrations throughout. Really good read!
11th June '18
I read it to Jbear101 aged 7 aged 7
Sam Wu Is NOT Afraid of Ghosts! 9781405287517
5 stars
I read this book to my son at bedtime over a couple of nights, he really enjoyed this book and laughed out loud a lot during it, we read it a second time, I would be lying if I said I didn't have a giggle too, my son loved the main character Sam, it was fun, adventerious, mysterious and funny. 
7th April '18
SnipSkye 2 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Sam Wu Is NOT Afraid of Ghosts! 9781405287517
5 stars
A fantastic small book, with fantastic amounts of imagination , which kept my creative asd daughter amused for a while, she could relate to this book as  she was afraid of shadows, she overcame it my making the shadows her friends.
17th February '18
I read it to Suzanne aged 8 aged 8
Sam Wu Is NOT Afraid of Ghosts! 9781405287517
5 stars
Sam Wu is NOT a scaredy-cat and he tries to prove it to the school bully, all of his friends and family. When a trip to the Space Museum goes terrifyingly wrong he decides to buy a vicious animal.. He wants to show that he's the only one who's not scared of him but of course something goes wrong...

I think it's a fantastic book. It's readable, enjoyable, intelligent, and well written. I was gripped the entire way through. The main characters were likeable and the content was genuinely scary.

Perfect friendship and being your best self book. Highly recommended!!
1st March '18
I read it to Rb005 aged 6 aged 6
Sam Wu Is NOT Afraid of Ghosts! 9781405287517
5 stars
loved this book, really well written and laugh out loud funny. The characters were ones that school children of infant and junior school age will be familiar with and they will recognize themselves and their friends and their own school trip adventures. It can be read at a fast pace and also enjoyed by young readers who can read it themselves. 
18th March '18
BeeReaderJ read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
Sam Wu Is NOT Afraid of Ghosts! 9781405287517
5 stars
Very funny lots of laughing and we loved the cat Butterbutt!
19th February '18
I read it to Jaanu aged 5 aged 5
Sam Wu Is NOT Afraid of Ghosts! 9781405287517
5 stars
This is a great book to help a young child transition from reading picture books to illustrated fiction books. My son is 5 so  I have been reading a chapter to him each night and he has been enjoying it a lot. It is written for children so there are a lot of funny things that happen including Sam Wu weeing his pants - which we thought was very funny. This book has given us the confidence to read bigger books with my son as he is getting older. Can't recommend this enough, especially if you child is 5 plus and has the attention span and imagination to start taking in bigger books! 
24th February '18
cat1009 read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
Sam Wu Is NOT Afraid of Ghosts! 9781405287517
4 stars
I really liked this book because it was funny. Ralph Phillip Zimmerman III was really funny even though he was the bad guy, and the ending was hilarious. My favourite character was Lucy, Sam's sister, and Butterbutt the cat, because she was clever and she does karate like me. I liked the fact that she was the one who solved the mystery in the end. Sam was a good character and he had great friends. I would recommend this to anyone in my Y3 class.
25th February '18
AS100 read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
Sam Wu Is NOT Afraid of Ghosts! 9781405287517
4 stars
This book is perfectly pitched for a 6 year old with clear text mixed with illustrations and we shared the reading of this with Adam reading several chapters himself.

The story is of Sam Wu a schoolboy who after an incident at the space museum had to prove to himself and his peers that he was NOT afraid!  He achieved this by the help of his friends (Zoe and Bernard) and his little Sister (Lucy) taking inspiration from his favourite TV show (Space Blasters).

A good mix of humour and suspense throughout.

Would recommend as a good start for independent reading of chapter books.
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About Kevin Tsang

Katie and Kevin Tsang met in in 2008 while studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since then they have lived on three different continents and travelled to over 40 countries together. They currently live in London.

Kevin was born in Copenhagen and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Some of Sam Wu's experiences are based on Kevin's childhood (he's feelin...

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About Katie Tsang

Katie and Kevin Tsang met in in 2008 while studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since then they have lived on three different continents and travelled to over 40 countries together. They currently live in London.

Kevin was born in Copenhagen and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Some of Sam Wu's experiences are based on Kevin's childhood (he's feelin...

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About Nathan Reed

Katie and Kevin Tsang met in in 2008 while studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since then they have lived on three different continents and travelled to over 40 countries together. They currently live in London.

Kevin was born in Copenhagen and grew up in Atlanta, G...

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