Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword
by Henry Lien
Henry Holt and Company, 2018
Middle Grade Fantasy
7 cups of tea out of 11
Summary: Peasprout and her brother, Cricket, are sent from Shin to Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword as a diplomatic gesture and so they can continue learning wu liu, a performing and martial art involving skates.
Ten thousand years of stomach gas!
Likes: Peasprout’s curses are a highlight. Both Cricket and Peasprout change over time. I liked them from the beginning but as they find their place at school and go through things, they gain a lot of good qualities. Cricket becomes more confident and Peasprout becomes more humble. And the worldbuilding was magnificent. I liked Pearl and the academy. I also liked the cultural differences between Shin and Pearl and how Peasprout had to navigate that. The skating was cool. It was like ice skating more than roller skating but it worked with how they constructed Pearl.
Make me drink sand to death.
Dislikes: I’m a little conflicted about the big reveal with Doi and her twin.
Overall I liked this one and would like to read the next one.