There is a brand new book coming up in the popular The Door Under the Stairs series! Written by Heidi Shamsuddin, this series describes the adventures of three children, Joe, Emil and Hanna, who travel back in time through a secret door under the stairs that they discover in school. They meet famous personalities from Malaysia's history and help ensure history stays its course. In the first book, the three children find the National Anthem for the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman. In the second book, they meet the famous P. Ramlee and help him re-discover his inspiration. In the third book, they encourage Mokhtar Dahari to pursue his love for football.
So who will the children meet next in the The Case of the House at No. 74, the fourth book in the series? The answer is Sybil Kathigasu! Sybil was a nurse who supported the resistance during World War 2. She was the only Malaysian woman to be ever awarded with the George Medal for bravery. We asked Heidi to share her thoughts on this exciting new book.
Q1: What made you decide to write about Sybil Kathigasu?
Because she's one cool lady. I read her memoir and was bowled over at the things she achieved in her short life. I was also surprised that not many people know about her and I wanted to fix that. So I wrote a story about Sybil Kathigasu.