Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword

Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword

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 Welcome to Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword, where the blades are sharp and the competition is fierce. ...

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Title:Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword
Author:Henry Lien
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:1250165695
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword Reviews

  • Joy Pixley
    Sep 21, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

    Great fun! This was a bit of a departure from what I've been reading lately, and unlike any middle grade/YA I have read before. I absolutely love this world that the author, Henry Lien, created. The setting is unique, especially to someone more used to reading about western cultures, a...

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about thisss @__@ ...

    review to come. ...

    Did not finish - I got about a third of the way through. The concept is unique and interesting, but the execution is flawed. I found the world in this book to be very confusing. The history, political dynamics, and even the make up of the world were never fully explained. Does the pear...

    In Henry Lien?s debut middle-grade novel, PEASPROUT CHEN: FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, we meet Peasprout Chen, a spunky martial-arts figure skater from the mythical county of Shin. When she and her painfully shy younger brother, Cricket, are sent to the Pearl Famous Academy of S...

    I will not give away too many details because I want every reader to be as utterly delighted in discovering this gem of a story as I was. While the cover indicates the action and drama (and there's plenty of it), this story has also has intrigue, humor and a huge heart. I was immediate...

    4.5! Utterly charming and imaginative, while also being profound and thought provoking. The world of Pearl is fantastically wrought and I love the important lessons Peasprout learns (I?m also going to start using ?Ten thousand years of stomach gas? as an expression of frustration...

    What a creative and satisfying middle grade novel! I loved it! ...

    The main character, Peasprout, is a classic "big fish in a small pond" from Shin who goes to her neighboring country, Pearl. She shows up full of vigor and vim, determined to be the best of the best. She believes Pearl to be inferior to her country, only to gradually and painfully lear...

  • The Library Lady
    Sep 20, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

    Great fun! This was a bit of a departure from what I've been reading lately, and unlike any middle grade/YA I have read before. I absolutely love this world that the author, Henry Lien, created. The setting is unique, especially to someone more used to reading about western cultures, a...

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about thisss @__@ ...

    review to come. ...

    Did not finish - I got about a third of the way through. The concept is unique and interesting, but the execution is flawed. I found the world in this book to be very confusing. The history, political dynamics, and even the make up of the world were never fully explained. Does the pear...

    In Henry Lien?s debut middle-grade novel, PEASPROUT CHEN: FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, we meet Peasprout Chen, a spunky martial-arts figure skater from the mythical county of Shin. When she and her painfully shy younger brother, Cricket, are sent to the Pearl Famous Academy of S...

    I will not give away too many details because I want every reader to be as utterly delighted in discovering this gem of a story as I was. While the cover indicates the action and drama (and there's plenty of it), this story has also has intrigue, humor and a huge heart. I was immediate...

    4.5! Utterly charming and imaginative, while also being profound and thought provoking. The world of Pearl is fantastically wrought and I love the important lessons Peasprout learns (I?m also going to start using ?Ten thousand years of stomach gas? as an expression of frustration...

    What a creative and satisfying middle grade novel! I loved it! ...

    The main character, Peasprout, is a classic "big fish in a small pond" from Shin who goes to her neighboring country, Pearl. She shows up full of vigor and vim, determined to be the best of the best. She believes Pearl to be inferior to her country, only to gradually and painfully lear...

    I won't lie: I had my doubts about a book that promised to combine figure skating and martial arts. But oh, was I wrong to have those doubts. As it turns out, Peasprout Chen, the novel's protagonist, is fetchingly imperfect and so single-minded in her pursuit of victory that she loses ...

    Peasprout has come to the legendary PEARL FAMOUS ACADEMY OF SKATE AND SWORD with one goal: to become the greatest practitioner of the deadly and beautiful martial art known as wu liu, performed on and with ice skates. She must pass the six grueling Motivations, competing against her el...

    Peasprout and her brother, Cricket, are sent from the country of Shin to the glorious city of Pearl to attend the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword. They are the first students from Shin to attend the school that teaches wu liu, a combinations of martial arts and figure skating. ...

    Chen Peasprout and her brother Cricket are chosen as the personal emissaries of the Empress Dowager to travel to Pearl to study at Pearl Famous, the school of combat figure skating. All Peasprout wants to do is become a wu liu legend?the best of the best of the best. However, between...

    Very cool book in a different-than-usual cultural (at least in the U.S.) setting. The denouement was a bit...odd? But I understand the characters' motivations. I liked the glimpse into a world that assumes very different defaults for manners, dress, pedagogy, etc. The author did a good...

    I was elated to receive a copy of this book at an author panel event at my local library. Not only did Mr. Lien offer an easygoing presence, but I could tell that he was clearly passionate and content with what he was doing. That, in itself, earned the respect and interest of myself. ...

    I don?t generally write reviews and I?d never write one on a book I didn?t love. I?d just finished a huge required reading list of books for a workshop (many of which I hated with a passion) and returned from the workshop, when this book came to me. I?d read a couple of hi...

    As I expected, delightful, and even more so on a second reading. Very nearly five stars for me: I took off one because (1) I loved Cricket and wanted to know more about his journey. Companion novel, please! (2) The world Mr. Lien creates, though fascinating, is sometimes extremely crue...

    Okay, here's the review that doubtlessly will piss people off this week: instead of an "OMG, this is the best book ever, and I LOVE Peasprout!" this book is going on my various "overrated" shelves. If this were a skating performance at the end of the performance, I'd give it perhaps...

  • Tasha
    Jun 30, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

    Great fun! This was a bit of a departure from what I've been reading lately, and unlike any middle grade/YA I have read before. I absolutely love this world that the author, Henry Lien, created. The setting is unique, especially to someone more used to reading about western cultures, a...

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about thisss @__@ ...

    review to come. ...

    Did not finish - I got about a third of the way through. The concept is unique and interesting, but the execution is flawed. I found the world in this book to be very confusing. The history, political dynamics, and even the make up of the world were never fully explained. Does the pear...

    In Henry Lien?s debut middle-grade novel, PEASPROUT CHEN: FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, we meet Peasprout Chen, a spunky martial-arts figure skater from the mythical county of Shin. When she and her painfully shy younger brother, Cricket, are sent to the Pearl Famous Academy of S...

    I will not give away too many details because I want every reader to be as utterly delighted in discovering this gem of a story as I was. While the cover indicates the action and drama (and there's plenty of it), this story has also has intrigue, humor and a huge heart. I was immediate...

    4.5! Utterly charming and imaginative, while also being profound and thought provoking. The world of Pearl is fantastically wrought and I love the important lessons Peasprout learns (I?m also going to start using ?Ten thousand years of stomach gas? as an expression of frustration...

    What a creative and satisfying middle grade novel! I loved it! ...

    The main character, Peasprout, is a classic "big fish in a small pond" from Shin who goes to her neighboring country, Pearl. She shows up full of vigor and vim, determined to be the best of the best. She believes Pearl to be inferior to her country, only to gradually and painfully lear...

    I won't lie: I had my doubts about a book that promised to combine figure skating and martial arts. But oh, was I wrong to have those doubts. As it turns out, Peasprout Chen, the novel's protagonist, is fetchingly imperfect and so single-minded in her pursuit of victory that she loses ...

    Peasprout has come to the legendary PEARL FAMOUS ACADEMY OF SKATE AND SWORD with one goal: to become the greatest practitioner of the deadly and beautiful martial art known as wu liu, performed on and with ice skates. She must pass the six grueling Motivations, competing against her el...

    Peasprout and her brother, Cricket, are sent from the country of Shin to the glorious city of Pearl to attend the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword. They are the first students from Shin to attend the school that teaches wu liu, a combinations of martial arts and figure skating. ...

  • Cindy
    Feb 10, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

  • Shenwei
    Nov 13, 2017

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

    Great fun! This was a bit of a departure from what I've been reading lately, and unlike any middle grade/YA I have read before. I absolutely love this world that the author, Henry Lien, created. The setting is unique, especially to someone more used to reading about western cultures, a...

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about thisss @__@ ...

  • Barbara
    May 22, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

    Great fun! This was a bit of a departure from what I've been reading lately, and unlike any middle grade/YA I have read before. I absolutely love this world that the author, Henry Lien, created. The setting is unique, especially to someone more used to reading about western cultures, a...

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about thisss @__@ ...

    review to come. ...

    Did not finish - I got about a third of the way through. The concept is unique and interesting, but the execution is flawed. I found the world in this book to be very confusing. The history, political dynamics, and even the make up of the world were never fully explained. Does the pear...

    In Henry Lien?s debut middle-grade novel, PEASPROUT CHEN: FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, we meet Peasprout Chen, a spunky martial-arts figure skater from the mythical county of Shin. When she and her painfully shy younger brother, Cricket, are sent to the Pearl Famous Academy of S...

    I will not give away too many details because I want every reader to be as utterly delighted in discovering this gem of a story as I was. While the cover indicates the action and drama (and there's plenty of it), this story has also has intrigue, humor and a huge heart. I was immediate...

    4.5! Utterly charming and imaginative, while also being profound and thought provoking. The world of Pearl is fantastically wrought and I love the important lessons Peasprout learns (I?m also going to start using ?Ten thousand years of stomach gas? as an expression of frustration...

    What a creative and satisfying middle grade novel! I loved it! ...

    The main character, Peasprout, is a classic "big fish in a small pond" from Shin who goes to her neighboring country, Pearl. She shows up full of vigor and vim, determined to be the best of the best. She believes Pearl to be inferior to her country, only to gradually and painfully lear...

    I won't lie: I had my doubts about a book that promised to combine figure skating and martial arts. But oh, was I wrong to have those doubts. As it turns out, Peasprout Chen, the novel's protagonist, is fetchingly imperfect and so single-minded in her pursuit of victory that she loses ...

  • Mary
    May 08, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

    Great fun! This was a bit of a departure from what I've been reading lately, and unlike any middle grade/YA I have read before. I absolutely love this world that the author, Henry Lien, created. The setting is unique, especially to someone more used to reading about western cultures, a...

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about thisss @__@ ...

    review to come. ...

    Did not finish - I got about a third of the way through. The concept is unique and interesting, but the execution is flawed. I found the world in this book to be very confusing. The history, political dynamics, and even the make up of the world were never fully explained. Does the pear...

    In Henry Lien?s debut middle-grade novel, PEASPROUT CHEN: FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, we meet Peasprout Chen, a spunky martial-arts figure skater from the mythical county of Shin. When she and her painfully shy younger brother, Cricket, are sent to the Pearl Famous Academy of S...

    I will not give away too many details because I want every reader to be as utterly delighted in discovering this gem of a story as I was. While the cover indicates the action and drama (and there's plenty of it), this story has also has intrigue, humor and a huge heart. I was immediate...

    4.5! Utterly charming and imaginative, while also being profound and thought provoking. The world of Pearl is fantastically wrought and I love the important lessons Peasprout learns (I?m also going to start using ?Ten thousand years of stomach gas? as an expression of frustration...

    What a creative and satisfying middle grade novel! I loved it! ...

    The main character, Peasprout, is a classic "big fish in a small pond" from Shin who goes to her neighboring country, Pearl. She shows up full of vigor and vim, determined to be the best of the best. She believes Pearl to be inferior to her country, only to gradually and painfully lear...

    I won't lie: I had my doubts about a book that promised to combine figure skating and martial arts. But oh, was I wrong to have those doubts. As it turns out, Peasprout Chen, the novel's protagonist, is fetchingly imperfect and so single-minded in her pursuit of victory that she loses ...

    Peasprout has come to the legendary PEARL FAMOUS ACADEMY OF SKATE AND SWORD with one goal: to become the greatest practitioner of the deadly and beautiful martial art known as wu liu, performed on and with ice skates. She must pass the six grueling Motivations, competing against her el...

    Peasprout and her brother, Cricket, are sent from the country of Shin to the glorious city of Pearl to attend the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword. They are the first students from Shin to attend the school that teaches wu liu, a combinations of martial arts and figure skating. ...

    Chen Peasprout and her brother Cricket are chosen as the personal emissaries of the Empress Dowager to travel to Pearl to study at Pearl Famous, the school of combat figure skating. All Peasprout wants to do is become a wu liu legend?the best of the best of the best. However, between...

    Very cool book in a different-than-usual cultural (at least in the U.S.) setting. The denouement was a bit...odd? But I understand the characters' motivations. I liked the glimpse into a world that assumes very different defaults for manners, dress, pedagogy, etc. The author did a good...

    I was elated to receive a copy of this book at an author panel event at my local library. Not only did Mr. Lien offer an easygoing presence, but I could tell that he was clearly passionate and content with what he was doing. That, in itself, earned the respect and interest of myself. ...

    I don?t generally write reviews and I?d never write one on a book I didn?t love. I?d just finished a huge required reading list of books for a workshop (many of which I hated with a passion) and returned from the workshop, when this book came to me. I?d read a couple of hi...

    As I expected, delightful, and even more so on a second reading. Very nearly five stars for me: I took off one because (1) I loved Cricket and wanted to know more about his journey. Companion novel, please! (2) The world Mr. Lien creates, though fascinating, is sometimes extremely crue...

  • Joanne O'Sullivan
    Apr 04, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

    Great fun! This was a bit of a departure from what I've been reading lately, and unlike any middle grade/YA I have read before. I absolutely love this world that the author, Henry Lien, created. The setting is unique, especially to someone more used to reading about western cultures, a...

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about thisss @__@ ...

    review to come. ...

    Did not finish - I got about a third of the way through. The concept is unique and interesting, but the execution is flawed. I found the world in this book to be very confusing. The history, political dynamics, and even the make up of the world were never fully explained. Does the pear...

    In Henry Lien?s debut middle-grade novel, PEASPROUT CHEN: FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, we meet Peasprout Chen, a spunky martial-arts figure skater from the mythical county of Shin. When she and her painfully shy younger brother, Cricket, are sent to the Pearl Famous Academy of S...

    I will not give away too many details because I want every reader to be as utterly delighted in discovering this gem of a story as I was. While the cover indicates the action and drama (and there's plenty of it), this story has also has intrigue, humor and a huge heart. I was immediate...

  • Samantha Clark
    Oct 02, 2017

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

  • Allison Parker
    May 01, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

    Great fun! This was a bit of a departure from what I've been reading lately, and unlike any middle grade/YA I have read before. I absolutely love this world that the author, Henry Lien, created. The setting is unique, especially to someone more used to reading about western cultures, a...

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about thisss @__@ ...

    review to come. ...

    Did not finish - I got about a third of the way through. The concept is unique and interesting, but the execution is flawed. I found the world in this book to be very confusing. The history, political dynamics, and even the make up of the world were never fully explained. Does the pear...

    In Henry Lien?s debut middle-grade novel, PEASPROUT CHEN: FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, we meet Peasprout Chen, a spunky martial-arts figure skater from the mythical county of Shin. When she and her painfully shy younger brother, Cricket, are sent to the Pearl Famous Academy of S...

    I will not give away too many details because I want every reader to be as utterly delighted in discovering this gem of a story as I was. While the cover indicates the action and drama (and there's plenty of it), this story has also has intrigue, humor and a huge heart. I was immediate...

    4.5! Utterly charming and imaginative, while also being profound and thought provoking. The world of Pearl is fantastically wrought and I love the important lessons Peasprout learns (I?m also going to start using ?Ten thousand years of stomach gas? as an expression of frustration...

    What a creative and satisfying middle grade novel! I loved it! ...

    The main character, Peasprout, is a classic "big fish in a small pond" from Shin who goes to her neighboring country, Pearl. She shows up full of vigor and vim, determined to be the best of the best. She believes Pearl to be inferior to her country, only to gradually and painfully lear...

    I won't lie: I had my doubts about a book that promised to combine figure skating and martial arts. But oh, was I wrong to have those doubts. As it turns out, Peasprout Chen, the novel's protagonist, is fetchingly imperfect and so single-minded in her pursuit of victory that she loses ...

    Peasprout has come to the legendary PEARL FAMOUS ACADEMY OF SKATE AND SWORD with one goal: to become the greatest practitioner of the deadly and beautiful martial art known as wu liu, performed on and with ice skates. She must pass the six grueling Motivations, competing against her el...

  • Kristen Beverly
    Aug 10, 2017

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

    Great fun! This was a bit of a departure from what I've been reading lately, and unlike any middle grade/YA I have read before. I absolutely love this world that the author, Henry Lien, created. The setting is unique, especially to someone more used to reading about western cultures, a...

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about thisss @__@ ...

    review to come. ...

  • Rachel
    May 17, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

    Great fun! This was a bit of a departure from what I've been reading lately, and unlike any middle grade/YA I have read before. I absolutely love this world that the author, Henry Lien, created. The setting is unique, especially to someone more used to reading about western cultures, a...

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about thisss @__@ ...

    review to come. ...

    Did not finish - I got about a third of the way through. The concept is unique and interesting, but the execution is flawed. I found the world in this book to be very confusing. The history, political dynamics, and even the make up of the world were never fully explained. Does the pear...

    In Henry Lien?s debut middle-grade novel, PEASPROUT CHEN: FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, we meet Peasprout Chen, a spunky martial-arts figure skater from the mythical county of Shin. When she and her painfully shy younger brother, Cricket, are sent to the Pearl Famous Academy of S...

    I will not give away too many details because I want every reader to be as utterly delighted in discovering this gem of a story as I was. While the cover indicates the action and drama (and there's plenty of it), this story has also has intrigue, humor and a huge heart. I was immediate...

    4.5! Utterly charming and imaginative, while also being profound and thought provoking. The world of Pearl is fantastically wrought and I love the important lessons Peasprout learns (I?m also going to start using ?Ten thousand years of stomach gas? as an expression of frustration...

    What a creative and satisfying middle grade novel! I loved it! ...

    The main character, Peasprout, is a classic "big fish in a small pond" from Shin who goes to her neighboring country, Pearl. She shows up full of vigor and vim, determined to be the best of the best. She believes Pearl to be inferior to her country, only to gradually and painfully lear...

    I won't lie: I had my doubts about a book that promised to combine figure skating and martial arts. But oh, was I wrong to have those doubts. As it turns out, Peasprout Chen, the novel's protagonist, is fetchingly imperfect and so single-minded in her pursuit of victory that she loses ...

    Peasprout has come to the legendary PEARL FAMOUS ACADEMY OF SKATE AND SWORD with one goal: to become the greatest practitioner of the deadly and beautiful martial art known as wu liu, performed on and with ice skates. She must pass the six grueling Motivations, competing against her el...

    Peasprout and her brother, Cricket, are sent from the country of Shin to the glorious city of Pearl to attend the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword. They are the first students from Shin to attend the school that teaches wu liu, a combinations of martial arts and figure skating. ...

    Chen Peasprout and her brother Cricket are chosen as the personal emissaries of the Empress Dowager to travel to Pearl to study at Pearl Famous, the school of combat figure skating. All Peasprout wants to do is become a wu liu legend?the best of the best of the best. However, between...

    Very cool book in a different-than-usual cultural (at least in the U.S.) setting. The denouement was a bit...odd? But I understand the characters' motivations. I liked the glimpse into a world that assumes very different defaults for manners, dress, pedagogy, etc. The author did a good...

    I was elated to receive a copy of this book at an author panel event at my local library. Not only did Mr. Lien offer an easygoing presence, but I could tell that he was clearly passionate and content with what he was doing. That, in itself, earned the respect and interest of myself. ...

    I don?t generally write reviews and I?d never write one on a book I didn?t love. I?d just finished a huge required reading list of books for a workshop (many of which I hated with a passion) and returned from the workshop, when this book came to me. I?d read a couple of hi...

    As I expected, delightful, and even more so on a second reading. Very nearly five stars for me: I took off one because (1) I loved Cricket and wanted to know more about his journey. Companion novel, please! (2) The world Mr. Lien creates, though fascinating, is sometimes extremely crue...

    Okay, here's the review that doubtlessly will piss people off this week: instead of an "OMG, this is the best book ever, and I LOVE Peasprout!" this book is going on my various "overrated" shelves. If this were a skating performance at the end of the performance, I'd give it perhaps...

    I?m giving this 4 stars based on my own enjoyment, but I am an adult. This book gets my highest possible recommendation for middle grade readers, especially if they?re interested in fantasy or sci fi. The world described in this book is totally different than anything else I?v...

  • Amy
    Mar 11, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

    Great fun! This was a bit of a departure from what I've been reading lately, and unlike any middle grade/YA I have read before. I absolutely love this world that the author, Henry Lien, created. The setting is unique, especially to someone more used to reading about western cultures, a...

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about thisss @__@ ...

    review to come. ...

    Did not finish - I got about a third of the way through. The concept is unique and interesting, but the execution is flawed. I found the world in this book to be very confusing. The history, political dynamics, and even the make up of the world were never fully explained. Does the pear...

    In Henry Lien?s debut middle-grade novel, PEASPROUT CHEN: FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, we meet Peasprout Chen, a spunky martial-arts figure skater from the mythical county of Shin. When she and her painfully shy younger brother, Cricket, are sent to the Pearl Famous Academy of S...

    I will not give away too many details because I want every reader to be as utterly delighted in discovering this gem of a story as I was. While the cover indicates the action and drama (and there's plenty of it), this story has also has intrigue, humor and a huge heart. I was immediate...

    4.5! Utterly charming and imaginative, while also being profound and thought provoking. The world of Pearl is fantastically wrought and I love the important lessons Peasprout learns (I?m also going to start using ?Ten thousand years of stomach gas? as an expression of frustration...

  • Elisabeth Alba
    Aug 29, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

    Great fun! This was a bit of a departure from what I've been reading lately, and unlike any middle grade/YA I have read before. I absolutely love this world that the author, Henry Lien, created. The setting is unique, especially to someone more used to reading about western cultures, a...

  • Freya Hooper
    Aug 21, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Apr 02, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

    Great fun! This was a bit of a departure from what I've been reading lately, and unlike any middle grade/YA I have read before. I absolutely love this world that the author, Henry Lien, created. The setting is unique, especially to someone more used to reading about western cultures, a...

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about thisss @__@ ...

    review to come. ...

    Did not finish - I got about a third of the way through. The concept is unique and interesting, but the execution is flawed. I found the world in this book to be very confusing. The history, political dynamics, and even the make up of the world were never fully explained. Does the pear...

    In Henry Lien?s debut middle-grade novel, PEASPROUT CHEN: FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, we meet Peasprout Chen, a spunky martial-arts figure skater from the mythical county of Shin. When she and her painfully shy younger brother, Cricket, are sent to the Pearl Famous Academy of S...

    I will not give away too many details because I want every reader to be as utterly delighted in discovering this gem of a story as I was. While the cover indicates the action and drama (and there's plenty of it), this story has also has intrigue, humor and a huge heart. I was immediate...

    4.5! Utterly charming and imaginative, while also being profound and thought provoking. The world of Pearl is fantastically wrought and I love the important lessons Peasprout learns (I?m also going to start using ?Ten thousand years of stomach gas? as an expression of frustration...

    What a creative and satisfying middle grade novel! I loved it! ...

    The main character, Peasprout, is a classic "big fish in a small pond" from Shin who goes to her neighboring country, Pearl. She shows up full of vigor and vim, determined to be the best of the best. She believes Pearl to be inferior to her country, only to gradually and painfully lear...

    I won't lie: I had my doubts about a book that promised to combine figure skating and martial arts. But oh, was I wrong to have those doubts. As it turns out, Peasprout Chen, the novel's protagonist, is fetchingly imperfect and so single-minded in her pursuit of victory that she loses ...

    Peasprout has come to the legendary PEARL FAMOUS ACADEMY OF SKATE AND SWORD with one goal: to become the greatest practitioner of the deadly and beautiful martial art known as wu liu, performed on and with ice skates. She must pass the six grueling Motivations, competing against her el...

    Peasprout and her brother, Cricket, are sent from the country of Shin to the glorious city of Pearl to attend the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword. They are the first students from Shin to attend the school that teaches wu liu, a combinations of martial arts and figure skating. ...

    Chen Peasprout and her brother Cricket are chosen as the personal emissaries of the Empress Dowager to travel to Pearl to study at Pearl Famous, the school of combat figure skating. All Peasprout wants to do is become a wu liu legend?the best of the best of the best. However, between...

  • Jeff Seymour
    Feb 21, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

  • Melissa
    Feb 23, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

    Great fun! This was a bit of a departure from what I've been reading lately, and unlike any middle grade/YA I have read before. I absolutely love this world that the author, Henry Lien, created. The setting is unique, especially to someone more used to reading about western cultures, a...

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about thisss @__@ ...

    review to come. ...

    Did not finish - I got about a third of the way through. The concept is unique and interesting, but the execution is flawed. I found the world in this book to be very confusing. The history, political dynamics, and even the make up of the world were never fully explained. Does the pear...

    In Henry Lien?s debut middle-grade novel, PEASPROUT CHEN: FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, we meet Peasprout Chen, a spunky martial-arts figure skater from the mythical county of Shin. When she and her painfully shy younger brother, Cricket, are sent to the Pearl Famous Academy of S...

  • Carlie George
    Apr 26, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

  • Mary
    Apr 25, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

    Great fun! This was a bit of a departure from what I've been reading lately, and unlike any middle grade/YA I have read before. I absolutely love this world that the author, Henry Lien, created. The setting is unique, especially to someone more used to reading about western cultures, a...

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about thisss @__@ ...

    review to come. ...

    Did not finish - I got about a third of the way through. The concept is unique and interesting, but the execution is flawed. I found the world in this book to be very confusing. The history, political dynamics, and even the make up of the world were never fully explained. Does the pear...

  • Jessica Bayliss
    Aug 28, 2017

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

  • K.A.
    Jul 17, 2017

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

  • Alicorn
    Jun 14, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

    Great fun! This was a bit of a departure from what I've been reading lately, and unlike any middle grade/YA I have read before. I absolutely love this world that the author, Henry Lien, created. The setting is unique, especially to someone more used to reading about western cultures, a...

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about thisss @__@ ...

    review to come. ...

    Did not finish - I got about a third of the way through. The concept is unique and interesting, but the execution is flawed. I found the world in this book to be very confusing. The history, political dynamics, and even the make up of the world were never fully explained. Does the pear...

    In Henry Lien?s debut middle-grade novel, PEASPROUT CHEN: FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, we meet Peasprout Chen, a spunky martial-arts figure skater from the mythical county of Shin. When she and her painfully shy younger brother, Cricket, are sent to the Pearl Famous Academy of S...

    I will not give away too many details because I want every reader to be as utterly delighted in discovering this gem of a story as I was. While the cover indicates the action and drama (and there's plenty of it), this story has also has intrigue, humor and a huge heart. I was immediate...

    4.5! Utterly charming and imaginative, while also being profound and thought provoking. The world of Pearl is fantastically wrought and I love the important lessons Peasprout learns (I?m also going to start using ?Ten thousand years of stomach gas? as an expression of frustration...

    What a creative and satisfying middle grade novel! I loved it! ...

    The main character, Peasprout, is a classic "big fish in a small pond" from Shin who goes to her neighboring country, Pearl. She shows up full of vigor and vim, determined to be the best of the best. She believes Pearl to be inferior to her country, only to gradually and painfully lear...

    I won't lie: I had my doubts about a book that promised to combine figure skating and martial arts. But oh, was I wrong to have those doubts. As it turns out, Peasprout Chen, the novel's protagonist, is fetchingly imperfect and so single-minded in her pursuit of victory that she loses ...

    Peasprout has come to the legendary PEARL FAMOUS ACADEMY OF SKATE AND SWORD with one goal: to become the greatest practitioner of the deadly and beautiful martial art known as wu liu, performed on and with ice skates. She must pass the six grueling Motivations, competing against her el...

    Peasprout and her brother, Cricket, are sent from the country of Shin to the glorious city of Pearl to attend the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword. They are the first students from Shin to attend the school that teaches wu liu, a combinations of martial arts and figure skating. ...

    Chen Peasprout and her brother Cricket are chosen as the personal emissaries of the Empress Dowager to travel to Pearl to study at Pearl Famous, the school of combat figure skating. All Peasprout wants to do is become a wu liu legend?the best of the best of the best. However, between...

    Very cool book in a different-than-usual cultural (at least in the U.S.) setting. The denouement was a bit...odd? But I understand the characters' motivations. I liked the glimpse into a world that assumes very different defaults for manners, dress, pedagogy, etc. The author did a good...

    I was elated to receive a copy of this book at an author panel event at my local library. Not only did Mr. Lien offer an easygoing presence, but I could tell that he was clearly passionate and content with what he was doing. That, in itself, earned the respect and interest of myself. ...

  • Linda Jordan
    Oct 03, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

    Great fun! This was a bit of a departure from what I've been reading lately, and unlike any middle grade/YA I have read before. I absolutely love this world that the author, Henry Lien, created. The setting is unique, especially to someone more used to reading about western cultures, a...

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about thisss @__@ ...

    review to come. ...

    Did not finish - I got about a third of the way through. The concept is unique and interesting, but the execution is flawed. I found the world in this book to be very confusing. The history, political dynamics, and even the make up of the world were never fully explained. Does the pear...

    In Henry Lien?s debut middle-grade novel, PEASPROUT CHEN: FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, we meet Peasprout Chen, a spunky martial-arts figure skater from the mythical county of Shin. When she and her painfully shy younger brother, Cricket, are sent to the Pearl Famous Academy of S...

    I will not give away too many details because I want every reader to be as utterly delighted in discovering this gem of a story as I was. While the cover indicates the action and drama (and there's plenty of it), this story has also has intrigue, humor and a huge heart. I was immediate...

    4.5! Utterly charming and imaginative, while also being profound and thought provoking. The world of Pearl is fantastically wrought and I love the important lessons Peasprout learns (I?m also going to start using ?Ten thousand years of stomach gas? as an expression of frustration...

    What a creative and satisfying middle grade novel! I loved it! ...

    The main character, Peasprout, is a classic "big fish in a small pond" from Shin who goes to her neighboring country, Pearl. She shows up full of vigor and vim, determined to be the best of the best. She believes Pearl to be inferior to her country, only to gradually and painfully lear...

    I won't lie: I had my doubts about a book that promised to combine figure skating and martial arts. But oh, was I wrong to have those doubts. As it turns out, Peasprout Chen, the novel's protagonist, is fetchingly imperfect and so single-minded in her pursuit of victory that she loses ...

    Peasprout has come to the legendary PEARL FAMOUS ACADEMY OF SKATE AND SWORD with one goal: to become the greatest practitioner of the deadly and beautiful martial art known as wu liu, performed on and with ice skates. She must pass the six grueling Motivations, competing against her el...

    Peasprout and her brother, Cricket, are sent from the country of Shin to the glorious city of Pearl to attend the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword. They are the first students from Shin to attend the school that teaches wu liu, a combinations of martial arts and figure skating. ...

    Chen Peasprout and her brother Cricket are chosen as the personal emissaries of the Empress Dowager to travel to Pearl to study at Pearl Famous, the school of combat figure skating. All Peasprout wants to do is become a wu liu legend?the best of the best of the best. However, between...

    Very cool book in a different-than-usual cultural (at least in the U.S.) setting. The denouement was a bit...odd? But I understand the characters' motivations. I liked the glimpse into a world that assumes very different defaults for manners, dress, pedagogy, etc. The author did a good...

    I was elated to receive a copy of this book at an author panel event at my local library. Not only did Mr. Lien offer an easygoing presence, but I could tell that he was clearly passionate and content with what he was doing. That, in itself, earned the respect and interest of myself. ...

    I don?t generally write reviews and I?d never write one on a book I didn?t love. I?d just finished a huge required reading list of books for a workshop (many of which I hated with a passion) and returned from the workshop, when this book came to me. I?d read a couple of hi...

  • Aud
    Jul 02, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

    Great fun! This was a bit of a departure from what I've been reading lately, and unlike any middle grade/YA I have read before. I absolutely love this world that the author, Henry Lien, created. The setting is unique, especially to someone more used to reading about western cultures, a...

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about thisss @__@ ...

    review to come. ...

    Did not finish - I got about a third of the way through. The concept is unique and interesting, but the execution is flawed. I found the world in this book to be very confusing. The history, political dynamics, and even the make up of the world were never fully explained. Does the pear...

    In Henry Lien?s debut middle-grade novel, PEASPROUT CHEN: FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, we meet Peasprout Chen, a spunky martial-arts figure skater from the mythical county of Shin. When she and her painfully shy younger brother, Cricket, are sent to the Pearl Famous Academy of S...

    I will not give away too many details because I want every reader to be as utterly delighted in discovering this gem of a story as I was. While the cover indicates the action and drama (and there's plenty of it), this story has also has intrigue, humor and a huge heart. I was immediate...

    4.5! Utterly charming and imaginative, while also being profound and thought provoking. The world of Pearl is fantastically wrought and I love the important lessons Peasprout learns (I?m also going to start using ?Ten thousand years of stomach gas? as an expression of frustration...

    What a creative and satisfying middle grade novel! I loved it! ...

    The main character, Peasprout, is a classic "big fish in a small pond" from Shin who goes to her neighboring country, Pearl. She shows up full of vigor and vim, determined to be the best of the best. She believes Pearl to be inferior to her country, only to gradually and painfully lear...

    I won't lie: I had my doubts about a book that promised to combine figure skating and martial arts. But oh, was I wrong to have those doubts. As it turns out, Peasprout Chen, the novel's protagonist, is fetchingly imperfect and so single-minded in her pursuit of victory that she loses ...

    Peasprout has come to the legendary PEARL FAMOUS ACADEMY OF SKATE AND SWORD with one goal: to become the greatest practitioner of the deadly and beautiful martial art known as wu liu, performed on and with ice skates. She must pass the six grueling Motivations, competing against her el...

    Peasprout and her brother, Cricket, are sent from the country of Shin to the glorious city of Pearl to attend the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword. They are the first students from Shin to attend the school that teaches wu liu, a combinations of martial arts and figure skating. ...

    Chen Peasprout and her brother Cricket are chosen as the personal emissaries of the Empress Dowager to travel to Pearl to study at Pearl Famous, the school of combat figure skating. All Peasprout wants to do is become a wu liu legend?the best of the best of the best. However, between...

    Very cool book in a different-than-usual cultural (at least in the U.S.) setting. The denouement was a bit...odd? But I understand the characters' motivations. I liked the glimpse into a world that assumes very different defaults for manners, dress, pedagogy, etc. The author did a good...

  • Adrienne Young
    Nov 16, 2017

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

  • Sean
    Sep 04, 2017

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

  • A.M. Morgen
    Oct 18, 2017

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

  • JLD
    Jul 17, 2017

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

    Great fun! This was a bit of a departure from what I've been reading lately, and unlike any middle grade/YA I have read before. I absolutely love this world that the author, Henry Lien, created. The setting is unique, especially to someone more used to reading about western cultures, a...

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about thisss @__@ ...

    review to come. ...

    Did not finish - I got about a third of the way through. The concept is unique and interesting, but the execution is flawed. I found the world in this book to be very confusing. The history, political dynamics, and even the make up of the world were never fully explained. Does the pear...

    In Henry Lien?s debut middle-grade novel, PEASPROUT CHEN: FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, we meet Peasprout Chen, a spunky martial-arts figure skater from the mythical county of Shin. When she and her painfully shy younger brother, Cricket, are sent to the Pearl Famous Academy of S...

    I will not give away too many details because I want every reader to be as utterly delighted in discovering this gem of a story as I was. While the cover indicates the action and drama (and there's plenty of it), this story has also has intrigue, humor and a huge heart. I was immediate...

    4.5! Utterly charming and imaginative, while also being profound and thought provoking. The world of Pearl is fantastically wrought and I love the important lessons Peasprout learns (I?m also going to start using ?Ten thousand years of stomach gas? as an expression of frustration...

    What a creative and satisfying middle grade novel! I loved it! ...

  • Merrill Wyatt
    May 08, 2018

    This book had me at the mention of kung fu ice skating - I was sold! And it totally delivered, as it was such a delight to read. The whimsical voice is so refreshing and the light-hearted lens was really fun. The main character has serious gumption and the world was so unique that I wa...

    I initially thought of this book as "kung fu Harry Potter on ice," and I meant it as a high compliment. But ultimately that description, while accurate, does it a disservice. Peasprout Chen does in one volume what took Harry Potter several: it starts off light and funny and ends up dee...

    Rarely do I find a children's book I love as much as I do Peasprout Chen. From the story, which is one of the most original I've ever read, to the main character who is so spirited and sassy I was in awe of her muchness and fell right in love with her! To the conflicts and agency a...

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The characters are wonderfully strong, insecure, funny, thoughtful, touching and so huggable. The world is so beautifully imagined and drawn, I want to live there. And the story is packed with action, laughs and tears. I read this boo...

    As soon as I heard the phrase "martial art figure skating" a few months ago, I knew that I absolutely had to get my hands on this book, and it did not disappoint! This charming and compelling debut is not quite like anything I've ever read. Part mystery, part hero origin story, part to...

    Title: Peasprout Chen Author: Henry Lien Target: Grades 5-7 Series: This is the first book in a planned series What this book is about: Peasprout and her brother Cricket are from the country of Shin. They are attending the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as part ...

    Full disclosure: Henry is a friend, and I might be biased. Except I'm not because this book is awesome. I've never read an MG novel quite like this one before. Pearl is a fascinating, wholly original city, and I'm really impressed by how this story moves. Come for the girl power and th...

    This book was utterly entrancing and unique. The setting was unlike anything I've ever read about or seen before. Although it was overwhelming at first to be exposed to an completely unfamiliar landscape, it was worth pushing through because every detail was so well conceived and woven...

    What a fun, beautiful, and original book. Henry Lien's PEASPROUT CHEN transported me to Pearl, where the future practitioners of wu liu train. The world-building in this book is breathtaking from every angle. I won't write much for fear of spoilers, but I loved this book, it's brave, y...

    Wow. Just wow. This book was one of my biggest surprises this year. Full review to come, but let's just say that if you're looking for a fun MG adventure, look no further than this bizarre mashup that I can only describe as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Harry Potter... on ice. I read an ...

    Great fun! This was a bit of a departure from what I've been reading lately, and unlike any middle grade/YA I have read before. I absolutely love this world that the author, Henry Lien, created. The setting is unique, especially to someone more used to reading about western cultures, a...

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about thisss @__@ ...

    review to come. ...

    Did not finish - I got about a third of the way through. The concept is unique and interesting, but the execution is flawed. I found the world in this book to be very confusing. The history, political dynamics, and even the make up of the world were never fully explained. Does the pear...

    In Henry Lien?s debut middle-grade novel, PEASPROUT CHEN: FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD, we meet Peasprout Chen, a spunky martial-arts figure skater from the mythical county of Shin. When she and her painfully shy younger brother, Cricket, are sent to the Pearl Famous Academy of S...

    I will not give away too many details because I want every reader to be as utterly delighted in discovering this gem of a story as I was. While the cover indicates the action and drama (and there's plenty of it), this story has also has intrigue, humor and a huge heart. I was immediate...

    4.5! Utterly charming and imaginative, while also being profound and thought provoking. The world of Pearl is fantastically wrought and I love the important lessons Peasprout learns (I?m also going to start using ?Ten thousand years of stomach gas? as an expression of frustration...

    What a creative and satisfying middle grade novel! I loved it! ...

    The main character, Peasprout, is a classic "big fish in a small pond" from Shin who goes to her neighboring country, Pearl. She shows up full of vigor and vim, determined to be the best of the best. She believes Pearl to be inferior to her country, only to gradually and painfully lear...

    I won't lie: I had my doubts about a book that promised to combine figure skating and martial arts. But oh, was I wrong to have those doubts. As it turns out, Peasprout Chen, the novel's protagonist, is fetchingly imperfect and so single-minded in her pursuit of victory that she loses ...

    Peasprout has come to the legendary PEARL FAMOUS ACADEMY OF SKATE AND SWORD with one goal: to become the greatest practitioner of the deadly and beautiful martial art known as wu liu, performed on and with ice skates. She must pass the six grueling Motivations, competing against her el...

    Peasprout and her brother, Cricket, are sent from the country of Shin to the glorious city of Pearl to attend the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword. They are the first students from Shin to attend the school that teaches wu liu, a combinations of martial arts and figure skating. ...

    Chen Peasprout and her brother Cricket are chosen as the personal emissaries of the Empress Dowager to travel to Pearl to study at Pearl Famous, the school of combat figure skating. All Peasprout wants to do is become a wu liu legend?the best of the best of the best. However, between...

    Very cool book in a different-than-usual cultural (at least in the U.S.) setting. The denouement was a bit...odd? But I understand the characters' motivations. I liked the glimpse into a world that assumes very different defaults for manners, dress, pedagogy, etc. The author did a good...

    I was elated to receive a copy of this book at an author panel event at my local library. Not only did Mr. Lien offer an easygoing presence, but I could tell that he was clearly passionate and content with what he was doing. That, in itself, earned the respect and interest of myself. ...

    I don?t generally write reviews and I?d never write one on a book I didn?t love. I?d just finished a huge required reading list of books for a workshop (many of which I hated with a passion) and returned from the workshop, when this book came to me. I?d read a couple of hi...

    As I expected, delightful, and even more so on a second reading. Very nearly five stars for me: I took off one because (1) I loved Cricket and wanted to know more about his journey. Companion novel, please! (2) The world Mr. Lien creates, though fascinating, is sometimes extremely crue...

    Okay, here's the review that doubtlessly will piss people off this week: instead of an "OMG, this is the best book ever, and I LOVE Peasprout!" this book is going on my various "overrated" shelves. If this were a skating performance at the end of the performance, I'd give it perhaps...

    I?m giving this 4 stars based on my own enjoyment, but I am an adult. This book gets my highest possible recommendation for middle grade readers, especially if they?re interested in fantasy or sci fi. The world described in this book is totally different than anything else I?v...

    Talk about a book that truly has it all! Exciting action scenes, an intriguing mystery, beautifully written descriptions, hilarious observations, and a heroine to root for. I think what amazed me most was the poetry of some of those descriptions because I don't normally think of that a...