“Massively entertaining . . . Lien crafts a memorable setting
and cast while delivering a fast-paced, tense plot full of surprises. . . . Peasprout Chen is a future legend, indeed.”
– Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Fantasy/adventure about a girl determined to take top ranking at Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword where she will study Wu Liu, a form that blends figure skating with martial arts. Holt/Macmillan, release date April 3, 2018, middle grade (ages 10-14).
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.
This novel is the first of a series and a direct follow-up to the novelette “Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters”.
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Cover art by Afu Chan.