for Peasprout Chen
by Henry Lien
Peasprout Chen, 14, and her younger brother, Cricket, have been sent by the Empress Dowager of Shin to attend the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword. Peasprout is already accomplished at Wu Liu, a martial art combining skating and kung fu. She’s certain she will be the best first-year at the Academy, representing Shin and the Empress Dowager with honor. But Suki, who will do whatever it takes to win, and the reserved, mysterious Doi, are equally gifted. Pearl is both a place and a substance—the entire city is made of its smooth surface on which everyone skates. But what is it? After Suki accuses Peasprout of being the Empress’s spy and someone starts sabotaging Academy training structures made of Pearl, suspicion falls on Peasprout, who is determined to uncover the real culprit. Only Doi and her twin brother Hisashi, whose father is in charge of repairs, stand by Peasprout as tensions and suspicion mount. Intrigue, action (they skate everywhere ), and a surprising, tender twist to the hint of romance are all part of this fantasy adventure that blends elements drawn from Chinese, Taiwanese, and Japanese cultures into an original setting and captivating boarding school story. Peasprout’s almost boundless confidence is part of the novel’s tremendous appeal. (Ages 9–12)
CCBC Choices 2019. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2019. Used with permission.
“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
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.
Publisher description retrieved from Google Books.