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WHY HOST HENRY?
“I confess I had fun imagining the elevator pitch for Henry Lien’s fantasy debut: “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.”-New York Times
CLICK HERE for Henry's Booklist Online Review.
CLICK HERE for Henry's audio book review from Parents' Choice.
ABOUT THE BOOK: 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 some pretty big skates to fill. They soon find themselves in a heated competition for top ranking. Tensions rise when the dazzling pearl buildings of the Academy are vandalized and outsider Peasprout is blamed for the attacks by her rivals ... and even some friends. Now, she must uncover the true vandal to ensure peace between Shin and Pearl - all while becoming a champion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West, and his short fiction has appeared in publications like Asimov’s, earning multiple Nebula Award nominations. Before becoming an author, Henry worked as an attorney, fine art dealer, and college instructor. His hobbies include vegan cooking and finding excuses to write and publicly perform science fiction/fantasy themed anthems. Born in Taiwan, Henry currently lives in Hollywood, California. He is the author of Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword & Peasprout Chen: Battle of Champions.
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Henry will bring all props (e.g. backdrop banners of the map of the school in his book) and sound equipment (drum for musical portion of performance and portable speaker). However, he will need a microphone for larger groups.
PREPARING FOR HENRY’S VISIT
Click here to check out a video of Henry and Idina Menzel performing the theme song for Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skare and Sword.
Get your students interested in the book by reading aloud the first three chapters found by clicking here.
Vroman’s will create an order form that your school can use and distribute pre-author visit. We will also have book plates signed on the day of the event, for any students who turn in forms post-visit.
Under Order Comments (found at the bottom of the check out page), please include: NAME OF STUDENT, GRADE LEVEL, and who the book(s) should be PERSONALIZED to.
Under Pick-up Options, please select: I would like to pick this order up at the store (although these books are going to be delivered to students on campus, on the day of the event).
Under Pick-up Location, please select: Vroman's Bookstore.
Educators: please DO NOT give books to students who say they have ordered online. Vroman’s will be bringing online orders to the campus, if placed and confirmed, BEFORE the author visit.