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Battle of champions / Henry Lien.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2019.

Physical Description:
378 pages : maps ; 22 cm
"Second book in a Taiwanese-inspired 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"-- Provided by publisher.
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"It's Hermione Granger meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon meets the Ice Capades meets Mean Girls ." -- The New York Times

"Takes on weighty and relevant questions of gender, ability, leadership, immigration... with intelligence, deftness and precision." -- Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Now in her Second Year at Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword, Peasprout Chen strives to reclaim her place as a champion of wu liu, the sport of martial arts figure skating. But, with the new year comes new competition, and Peasprout's dreams are thwarted by an impressive transfer student.

Yinmei is the heir to the Shinian throne and has fled her country for Pearl. When she excels both academically and socially, Peasprout begins to suspect that Yinmei is not a refugee at all but a spy. When the Empress of Shin threatens to invade the city of Pearl, Peasprout makes a bold decision. To keep her enemy close, Peasprout joins Yinmei's "battleband," a team that executes elaborate skating configurations that are part musical spectacle, part defensive attack.

In Henry Lien's Peasprout Chen: Battle of Champions , Peasprout guides her battleband on a mission to save Pearl, and learns what it truly means to be a leader.

Author Notes

Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West, and his short fiction has appeared in publications like Asimov's , earning multiple 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 .

Reviews 1

Horn Book Review

In her second year at Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword, Peasprout Chen faces a double threat: a Shinian princess named Wu Yinmei has arrived seeking sanctuary, but Peasprout is convinced shes a spy; at the same time, the Empress Dowager announces that Peasprout must be sent back to Shin to be tried as a traitor. Luckily, Peasprout has good friends on her sideher frail and brainy brother Cricket and the talented martial artist twins Doi and Hisashi. The strikingly vivid setting, rife with coiling water-dragon threats and manga-esque school fads, features the sprightly physics-defying skate flips and jumps found in the previous volume, along with creative new applications of science and music that add even more rocket-fueled energy to the frenetically paced action. Fans of the previous Peasprout Chen adventure (rev. 7/18) will enjoy watching the protagonists leadership style develop as she wrestles with trust, kindness, and her responsibilities to her battleband and to Pearl itself. anita l. burkam January/February 2019 p 97(c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.