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Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword

Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword

Peasprout Chen (Volume 1)

Henry Lien

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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"Massively entertaining...Peasprout Chen is a future legend, indeed." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Welcome to Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword, where the blades are sharp and the competition is fierce.

Peasprout Chen dreams of becoming a legend of wu liu, the deadly and beautiful art of martial arts figure skating.

As the first students from the rural country of Shin to attend Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword, Peasprout and her little brother Cricket have some pretty big skates to fill. They soon find themselves in a heated competition for top ranking.

Tensions rise when the dazzling pearl buildings of the Academy are vandalized and outsider Peasprout is blamed for the attacks by her rivals ... and even some friends.

Now, she must uncover the true vandal to ensure peace between Shin and Pearl – all while becoming a champion.

CHAPTER

ONE


I commit this venture to the imperium of Shin!

I commit this venture to the radiant Empress Dowager!

I commit this venture to … well, perhaps I can come back later to complete the eighty-eight...

Praise for Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword

"Massively entertaining...Peasprout Chen is a future legend, indeed." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"An utter delight from start to finish... I love this book!" —New York Times-bestselling author Jonathan Auxier

"Martial Arts! Global intrigue in fantastical lands! Ferocious figure skating! A disgruntled oracular monkey with a butcher knife! This book had everything I didn't realize I needed and more — a thrilling, heartfelt tale about growing up and standing up for yourself told against a backdrop of stunning fight scenes and brilliant worldbuilding. Peasprout Chen is my new favorite heroine of young people's literature." —New York Times-bestselling author Daniel José Older

"Lien constructs a lovingly detailed world from East Asian motifs and potent imagination. The city of Pearl—constructed in toto out of a mysterious organic material—is traversed solely on skates by its citizens, and the fictional wu liu that flourishes there—acrobatic fighting conducted on springy ice skates—stands a good chance of elbowing aside quidditch as the next big novel-inspired sport... luring fans of martial arts, well-built worlds, and romance back for ensuing adventure."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Lien’s exciting debut is a story of acceptance and bravery, friendship and hope. Peasprout dreams of becoming the best in wu liu, a mix of martial arts and figure skating...A riveting and complex read about new … More…

"Massively entertaining...Peasprout Chen is a future legend, indeed." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"An utter delight from start to finish... I love this book!" —New York Times-bestselling author Jonathan Auxier

"Martial Arts! Global intrigue in fantastical lands! Ferocious figure skating! A disgruntled oracular monkey with a butcher knife! This book had everything I didn't realize I needed and more — a thrilling, heartfelt tale about growing up and standing up for yourself told against a backdrop of stunning fight scenes and brilliant worldbuilding. Peasprout Chen is my new favorite heroine of young people's literature." —New York Times-bestselling author Daniel José Older

"Lien constructs a lovingly detailed world from East Asian motifs and potent imagination. The city of Pearl—constructed in toto out of a mysterious organic material—is traversed solely on skates by its citizens, and the fictional wu liu that flourishes there—acrobatic fighting conducted on springy ice skates—stands a good chance of elbowing aside quidditch as the next big novel-inspired sport... luring fans of martial arts, well-built worlds, and romance back for ensuing adventure."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Lien’s exciting debut is a story of acceptance and bravery, friendship and hope. Peasprout dreams of becoming the best in wu liu, a mix of martial arts and figure skating...A riveting and complex read about new beginnings, family, and choices." —Booklist

"Vividly described wu liu sequences capture the exuberance and energy of the imagined sport...In this children's novel where all of the characters are presumably Asian or some fantasy equivalent, relationships portrayed are both refreshing and essential. An ambitious debut." —Kirkus Reviews

"Thrilling, beautiful, fierce, and like nothing I've ever read before."—Mike Jung, author of Unidentified Suburban Object

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Henry Lien

Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West. His short fiction has appeared in publications like Asimov’s, earning several Nebula Award nominations. Born in Taiwan, Henry currently lives in Hollywood, California. Peasprout Chen is his debut novel.

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