• Dragons, Devils and Rebels

    Dragons, Devils and Rebels

    NEW in 2017!

    The true story of how a teenage girl became Empress of China, and the last dangerous days of her dynasty.

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  • The Letty Stories

    The Letty Stories

    Journey with Letty, a settler girl, as she finds a new life in 1841 Australia.

    Shortlisted for the 2015 YABBA and Koala Awards.

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  • Do You Dare?

    Do You Dare?

    Do you dare...

    Save a dog? Help a bushranger? Beat the boss? Join The Bushranger's Boys .

    An adventure into Australia's history. Voted onto the shortlist for the West Australian Young Readers Book Award 2016.

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  • Wicked Warriors and Evil Emperors

    Wicked Warriors and Evil Emperors


    Shortlisted for the 2011 Children's Book Council Awards.

    The legendary story of the battle to rule Ancient China. 

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  • Battle of the Jade Horse

    Battle of the Jade Horse

    In China's wild northwest, a mob of bandits challenge the Emperor's rule. Friends Hu and Ren find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. The boys face terrible choices that could destroy them all...

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About Alison Lloyd

Alison Lloyd is an Australian children's writer. She writes fiction and non-fiction. Her books are about China and Australia's past.

Alison grew up in Canberra. She was also lucky to live in Europe and Asia when she was a kid. She studied in China for two years - she was in that country when army tanks rolled onto the city streets, to put down the student movement in 1989.

Before she wrote books, Alison worked for the Australian Government, in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. But she has sworn, under the Official Secrets Act, not to tell everything that went on then...

Alison now lives in Melbourne with two kids, her husband and enough books to keep you reading for a hundred years.


Wicked Warriors and Evil Emperors tells how rebels Liu Bang and Xiang Yu destroyed the Qin Dynasty. But the moment the last Qin ruler was dead, they faced a new enemy - each other.

After Liu Bang captured the Qin capital, Xiang Yu invited him to a banquet to 'celebrate'. The top officials from both rebel armies came to Xiang Yu's tent. But neither side trusted the other. After all, they'd both betrayed the Emperor.chariot cartoon

The two groups sat down to eat and drink together. As they scoffed their wine and raw pork, Xiang Yu's chief adviser ordered some 'entertainment'. But it wasn't just a bit of innocent music. He called for a sword dance.

A soldier of Xiang Yu's drew his sword and began to dance. The blade whistled through the air in deadly arcs. The soldier moved closer and closer to Liu Bang.

Another officer, who was secretly on Liu Bang's side, could see what was going to happen. He drew his sword too, and joined in. He danced between Liu Bang and the soldier, protecting Liu Bang from the blade.

Liu Bang was caught in a dangerous position. If he got up and left, that would insult Xiang Yu, who had more men than he did. But if he stayed where he was, how long would it be before that dancing sword found its target?

Perhaps he was nervous, or he'd had a lot to drink. Liu Bang needed to go to the toilet. He excused himself from the tent. One of his officers followed him out.

'Sir, they're playing with knives. And we're the meat!' said the officer. 'Forget about good manners. Get out of here!'

Liu Bang took his advice and made a run for it. He unhitched a horse from his chariot and rode off bareback. He didn't go along the main road, but cross-country, to avoid being caught.  

Meanwhile Liu Bang's officer waited as long as he could, to give his leader time to escape. Then he went back to the banquet tent and made excuses to Xiang Yu.

'Liu Bang is too drunk. He can't keep going with this banquet,' said the officer. 'I'm very sorry. He's unable to say goodbye to you himself.' The officer presented Xiang Yu and his chief adviser with beautiful jade gifts.

'So where is Liu Bang?' Xiang Yu asked.

The officer replied, 'He feared you would be angry with him, sir. He has returned to his camp.'

When Xiang Yu's adviser heard this, he took out his sword and smashed his jade in half. 'That b-!' he swore. He turned to his leader. 'He'll take the world from you!'  

The chief adviser was right. Having escaped one of the deadliest parties in history, Liu Bang eventually became China's next Emperor.

Illus © Terry Denton. Used with permission.

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