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Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword (Paperback)
From author Henry Lien comes the first book in a debut middle-grade fantasy series about a young girl’s quest to become a champion of wu liu, an art form that blends figure skating with martial arts.
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.
Praise for Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword:
“It’s Hermione Granger meets ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ meets the Ice Capades meets ‘Mean Girls.’” For all its disparate ingredients, though, PEASPROUT CHEN: FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD speaks in a single, strong voice, thanks to its spirited heroine." —The New York Times
"Massively entertaining...Peasprout Chen is a future legend, indeed." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
About the Author
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West, and his short fiction has appeared in publications like Asimov’s, earning several Nebula Award nominations. Born in Taiwan, Henry currently lives in Hollywood, California. He is the author of Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword.
"For a rewarding and well-constructed plot in an uncommon setting—plus some effective genderqueer subversion at the end—this story can’t be beat." —The Horn Book
"An utter delight from start to finish... I love this book!" —New York Times-bestselling author Jonathan Auxier
"Peasprout Chen is my new favorite heroine of young people's literature." —New York Times-bestselling author Daniel José Older
"Thrilling, beautiful, fierce, and like nothing I've ever read before."—Mike Jung, author of Unidentified Suburban Object
"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...An ambitious debut." —Kirkus Reviews