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A Children's Crime Novel from the Creator of The Hong Konger

The Heist of Hooded Light

Marvin and Marigold Ma have no time for art. It’s boring, it’s pointless, and it’s confusing. But when the Ma family stay at K11 ARTUS, the twins realise that maybe art isn’t as boring, pointless, and confusing as it seems.

The twins' world turns upside-down when a supernatural sculpture goes missing without a trace. With no one to trust, a very tall man in a very bright coat skulking around, and the heart of ARTUS at stake, Marvin and Marigold are thrown into a conspiracy, a crime, and a heist that only they can thwart.

Written and illustrated by the creator of The Hong Konger art collection, Sophia Hotung during her artist residency at K11 ARTUS, The Heist of Hooded Light is a celebration of art, Hong Kong, and curiosity.

Get the book


Printed on matte white paper with premium inks for vivid and vibrant illustrations, this hardback edition is perfect for book-lovers or as a gift

Available for US $35 / ~ HK $273


Printed on matte white paper with standard inks, this is the perfect way to get a physical copy of the book without breaking the bank

Available for US $25 / ~ HK $195


Formatted specifically for Kindle and eReaders, this digital version seamlessly synchs the text and illustrations to your eReading device

Available for US $5.99 / HK $47

Free PDF

Available through K11 ARTUS, this free version exists to make English-language, Hong Kong-based children's fiction financially accessible. If you are able, please consider supporting the author by ordering a print or eBook copy as well

Available for free

Meet the Art

All the artwork referenced in The Heist of Hooded Light is real and can be visited at K11 ARTUS. Here's how the real-life paintings and sculptures measure up to their illustrated counterparts.

School Resources

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The Heist of Hooded Light is a full-length English-language novel written for 8 to 13 year old Hong Kong children. It explores themes of art appreciation, critical thinking, illusion version reality, and traditional Chinese arts, and is set against a relatable Hong Kong backdrop of Tsim Sha Tsui.

Best of all, the book is also available for free to ensure its accessibility to all readers. As a result, it's a great choice for class reading or literature projects.

Supplement your class's study of The Heist of Hooded Light with a free school talk from the author and additional resources and worksheets created by the author.


Email to learn more about how you could use The Heist of Hooded Light to inspire and teach your students.

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