A new chapter for children's book authors in China | South China Morning Post

Yang Hongying Feature

A recommended feature from the South China Post, about Chinese children's author Yang Hongying, best known in the West for her Mo's Mischief series.


"Yang has a knack for entering children's inner world with her writing - she can decode childhood," says Wang Shuli, an editor at Writers' Publishing House who first brought the writer to national attention in 2000.

Now Yang's tales sell in the millions, with some translated into Korean, French and English; and although the writer shrugs off the comparison, she is often described as the J.K. Rowling of China. Last year, she was the top-selling author on Amazon's China website, nudging out fellow children's author Shen Shixi and even Nobel laureate Mo Yan.