WHAT ARE THESE PEASPROUT CHEN BOOKS ALL ABOUT?
They’re a middle grade fantasy/adventure series about a girl determined to take top ranking at Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword where she studies Wu Liu, a form that blends figure skating with martial arts. Everyone says they’re like “Harry Potter Meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
. . . On Ice!” That’s pretty spot-on but they’re also about immigration, girl power, sibling relationships, and the importance of friendship. My publisher Holt/Macmillan says they’re for ages 10-14, but they won’t be checking i.d.s. The first book, PEASPROUT CHEN, FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, came out in April 2018 and the second book, PEASPROUT CHEN: BATTLE OF CHAMPIONS, comes out on January 22, 2019. Here’s a whole lot more info about them, including the first chapter of book 1 for free: MORE
THOSE SOUND LIKE BOOKS I NEED IN MY LIFE IMMEDIATELY, WHERE CAN I BUY THEM?
ARE PEOPLE SAYING NICE THINGS ABOUT PEASPROUT?
Oh wow, yes. Super nice. Smiley emoticon. Publishers Weekly’s starred review called it “massively entertaining . . . Peasprout Chen is a future legend, indeed.” The New York Times said, “It’s Hermione Granger meets ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ meets the Ice Capades meets ‘Mean Girls.’ . . . PEASPROUT CHEN: FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD . . . speaks in a single, strong voice, thanks to its spirited heroine.” Daniel José Older said, “[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.” Here are links to reviews:
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
New York Times
Booklist (starred review, audio version)
Bulletin of Center for Children’s Books
Parents’ Choice Foundation (silver medal, audio edition)
AudioFile (Earphones Award)
Kirkus (starred review)
OMG, IS IT REALLY TRUE THAT IDINA MENZEL SANG THE THEME SONG YOU WROTE FOR PEASPROUT CHEN?
Shhh. Keep your voice down, please. Yes, it’s 110% true! But it’s a secret so I’m only telling you. Yes, you. Here you go: MORE
I JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF YOU AND THIS PEASPROUT CHEN, NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRY. WHERE CAN I LEARN EVEN MORE?
If you want to see my electrifying live author performances in full 3-D,
here’s a LIST.
If you would like to read the first three chapters of book 1 for totally free in PDF format, you should click HERE.
If you want to see the gorgeous map of the wu liu academy and hear the original recording of book 1’s theme song, you might want to think about clicking HERE.
If you want to read an open letter from PEASPROUT herself and hear the new theme song from book 2, which rocks so hard that it causes tsunamis, grab onto something and click HERE.
If you want to see a video of highlights from the launch of PEASPROUT CHEN book 1, then I don’t understand why you haven’t already clicked HERE.
If you want to watch me tell Colby Sharp the story of my life in ten minutes without once saying “uhm” or “like” as a filler word, then for goodness’ sake, click HERE.
If you want to read about the devastating injuries I suffered to my ego when I took kung fu and figure skating lessons as research to write the books, then you’re probably a mean person and would enjoy clicking HERE.
If you want to read about PEASPROUT CHEN and quidditch, lightsabers, and girl power, then click really hard HERE.
If you’re interested in how “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” influenced PEASPROUT CHEN, then skate on over HERE.
If you want to listen to me talk about Harry Potter, video games, the childhood adventures we all wish we’d had, and how they all inspired PEASPROUT CHEN, then this podcast will make you smile over HERE.
If you love Taiwan, then you totally rawk, and would be interested in reading this interview with me in honor of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month over HERE.
If you want to watch me (and my birds) not cry as I unbox book 1 for the first time, then how about clicking HERE.
If you’d like my army of robot assistants to automatically send you updates, you should make beeping sounds and then click HERE.
Oh, hey, can we give a deep bow to Afu Chan for the ferocious cover art and decorations?