Kung Fu Ice Skating

How often do I get to write that a book is about kung fu ice skating?  Not often is the answer.  But today is different.  Today you will learn about Peasprout and her desire to finish first at the Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword.  Let’s just say that anyone who can ice skate and fight at the same time is pretty tough in my book.

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Title: Peasprout Chenkung fu ice skating 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 of a cultural exchange.  They practice wu liu, a combination of martial arts and skating and Peasprout intends to be first in her class at the Academy.  But the countries of Shin and Pearl do not trust each other and when the academy is vandalized, classmates of Peasprout are quick to point the finger at her.  She is unsure of her allies but she does know that she needs to figure out who is causing the damage or she may be heading home sooner than expected.

Why I love this book:

  • I have to say that the author has created quite a world in Pearl.  The imagination and creativity that allows citizens to skate throughout the city is impressive.  There is an entire folklore created for the development of wu liu as well as the history of the region. There are elements of meditation and architecture intertwined and I appreciated the complex world that was constructed.
  • I liked Peasprout from the beginning despite the fact that she started as a bit of a know it all.  Her evolution as she gained knowledge throughout the story transformed her into a caring and thoughtful character who was able to show compassion to those who cared for her.
  • Lots of action kept this story going.  There is a surprise at the end that I didn’t see coming, which is always fun.  The competitions were full of fighting, speed, and acrobatics so there is never a dull moment.

Who this book is for:

Great for kids who like action and the creation of new worlds.  It actually made me think of Super Hero High, although this book is much richer in its story content.

Final thoughts:

Kung Fu and skating … who would have thought?  And the cover is fabulous!

To purchase this book:

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