Other Books in Series
This is book number 1 in the Walled City series.
Hong Kong's notoriously lawless Kowloon walled city in the 1920s is the center of this dynamic, sprawling, tragicomic story of ambition, survival and family among gangsters, thieves and wild youth. Painted in gorgeously fluid, lush, and elegant colored inks, this first volume of a sweeping graphic novel trilogy is satisfying on its own, but promises great things to come!— From Jonathan's Picks
A saga of ambition, loyalty, and the walls we build both inside and out, animating historical 1920s Hong Kong with powerful modern resonance.
In 1925, Hong Kong struggles with growing pains. Two destructive Opium Wars have transformed what once was a sleepy tropical inlet into a bustling international crossroads, full of risks and wonders, torn between Chinese and British cultures. When Song Lu starts his new job as a Dead Letter Carrier, the curious teenager is drawn to the mysterious Walled City of Kowloon, a lawless urban enclave and haven for refugees... but an alarming trend of missing children will drive him deeper and deeper into the city's secrets. Meanwhile, his best friends Yubo and Xi find their own paths to adult power and responsibility, with dark and irreversible consequences.
Emmy Award-winning writer Anne Opotowsky and stunning artist Aya Morton present "a multi-tiered tale of fleeting innocence, child theft, criminal acquisition, opium addiction and the earliest days of Kowloon's illegal ghetto." (Shelf Abuse)
About the Author
Anne Opotowsky, the creator of The Walled City Trilogy, is a screenwriter and graphic novelist. Her film credits include work for Disney, Fox, and MiraMax among others. She lives and works in California.
Aya Morton grew up in rural Oregon where she wrote and illustrated many stories, mostly about talking animals. She went on to study at Brown University where she majored in Religious Studies, traveling extensively in India and southeast Asia. Aya eventually returned to her first love and received an illustration degree from The Art Center College of Design in 2007. Since then she has lived and worked as a freelance illustrator in London, Hong Kong, and now in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two sons. Aya is a lover of travel and the multiple perspectives gained by different cultures, landscapes, and even historic eras. Her work focuses on the romantic relationship between people and their environments.