Battle of Champions (Peasprout Chen #2)

by Henry Lien (Author)

Battle of Champions (Peasprout Chen #2)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Peasprout Chen

"It's Hermione Granger meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon meets the Ice Capades meets Mean Girls. --The New York Times

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

Now in her Second Year at Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword, Peasprout Chen strives to reclaim her place as a champion of wu liu, the sport of martial arts figure skating. But, with the new year comes new competition, and Peasprout's dreams are thwarted by an impressive transfer student. Yinmei is the heir to the Shinian throne and has fled her country for Pearl. When she excels both academically and socially, Peasprout begins to suspect that Yinmei is not a refugee at all but a spy. When the Empress of Shin threatens to invade the city of Pearl, Peasprout makes a bold decision. To keep her enemy close, Peasprout joins Yinmei's "battleband, a team that executes elaborate skating configurations that are part musical spectacle, part defensive attack.

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

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An exciting adventure that highlights themes of teamwork and leadership.  


Features the sprightly physics-defying skate flips and jumps found in the previous volume, along with creative new applications of science and music that add even more rocket-fueled energy... [Fans] will enjoy watching the protagonist's leadership style develop as she wrestles with trust, kindness, and her responsibilities to her battleband and to Pearl itself. 

Review quotes


"It's Hermione Granger meets 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' meets the Ice Capades meets 'Mean Girls.'" For all its disparate ingredients, though, PEASPROUT CHEN: FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD speaks in a single, strong voice, thanks to its spirited heroine. —The New York Times

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

Massively entertaining...Peasprout Chen is a future legend, indeed. —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

For a rewarding and well-constructed plot in an uncommon setting—plus some effective genderqueer subversion at the end—this story can't be beat. —The Horn Book

An utter delight from start to finish... I love this book! —New York Times-bestselling author Jonathan Auxier

Peasprout Chen is my new favorite heroine of young people's literature. —New York Times-bestselling author Daniel José Older

Thrilling, beautiful, fierce, and like nothing I've ever read before.—Mike Jung, author of Unidentified Suburban Object

The fictional wu liu that flourishes there—acrobatic fighting conducted on springy ice skates—stands a good chance of elbowing aside quidditch as the next big novel-inspired sport... luring fans of martial arts, well-built worlds, and romance back for ensuing adventure.—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Lien's exciting debut is a story of acceptance and bravery, friendship and hope. Peasprout dreams of becoming the best in wu liu, a mix of martial arts and figure skating...A riveting and complex read about new beginnings, family, and choices. Booklist

Vividly described wu liu sequences capture the exuberance and energy of the imagined sport...An ambitious debut. Kirkus Reviews

Henry Lien
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West. His short fiction has appeared in publications like Asimov's, earning several Nebula Award nominations. Born in Taiwan, Henry currently lives in Hollywood, California. Peasprout Chen is his debut novel.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Square Fish
Publication date
April 20, 2022
Peasprout Chen
BISAC categories
JUV037000 - Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
JUV001000 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
JUV032070 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Martial Arts
Library of Congress categories

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