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READ & REVIEWED: Figuring Life Out series by Lyn Kang

Part of the Figuring Life Out series, these new titles by Lyn Kang teaches children social-emotional skills through relatable stories.

We are very excited that we got our hands on these three newly-released titles by Lyn Kang, published by Marshall Cavendish! These books are part of the Figuring Life Out series which teaches children social-emotional skills that help them better understand and appreciate themselves while developing positive relationships with others.


In The Impossible Cube, Danish is adept at solving the Rubik's cube but not quite the expert when facing conflicts. He soon learns that conflicts - be it his parents' fighting or confrontations in school - cannot be solved by avoidance.

In Otterly Awful, Lizzy is suddenly shut out of her cosy clique and becomes a target of cyberbullying. She soon realises why her friend turned into a bully and learns how to respond to her bullies.

In Double Trouble, twins - Olive and Caleb - live in the futuristic world of Zephlox City. But sibing rivalry soon has them making rash decisions that lead to unpleasant outcomes

Recommended for primary school children at 7-12 years old, I like that these stories are very relatable to its target age group and at 30-40 pages long, are not too daunting for younger ones. At the end of the books are also discussion questions (e.g. What should you do when you cannot see eye-to-eye with a friend?) and thoughts to consider (e.g. In today's tech-saturated world, bullying is likely to be subtle and evidence of it can be easily erased with a few taps or clicks...) that help consolidate learning.

My personal fav is Otterly Awful. Having been socially excluded when I started secondary school, I really felt for Lizzy. Big E, my 12-year-old, says, "I like The Impossible Cube as the story is close to real life and teaches you how to handle conflicts."


This series will be available at Singapore bookstores very soon. Do look out for them! Thank you, Lyn, for sending these lovely books over for review! We really enjoyed them!


Disclaimer: My opinions and reviews here are strictly my and my family’s own.


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