Author Events

Henry Lien
Saturday, January 19, 2:30 p.m.
Ages 9-14

Author Henry Lien visits Children’s Book World for a high-energy launch party for Peasprout Chen: Battle of Champions, the second book in his exciting middle grade Asian fantasy series about the imagined sport of kung fu figure skating. 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. Henry will perform an excerpt from the new book and its original theme song. Below are quotes from the Kirkus starred review of the new book and the Publishers Weekly starred review of the first book in the series, Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword.

—"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

Available for signing:

  • Peasprout Chen: Battle of Champions $16.99
  • Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword $16.99, $7.99p

Jo Ann Allen Boyce & Debbie Levy LAUNCH PARTY & BOOK SIGNING
Jo Ann Allen Boyce & Debbie Levy
Monday, January 28, 7:00 p.m.
Ages 10 & up

This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality is stunning nonfiction in verse from a member of the Clinton 12, the first group of students to integrate a southern high school in 1956. Written by Jo Ann Allen Boyce, one of those courageous students, and award-winning author Debbie Levy, this book brings Jo Ann’s story to life with a deft combination of historical context, striking emotions, and a lasting hope that will open the door for young readers to deeply consider this vital moment in United States history. Join the authors in conversation about this historical event and engrossing book. From the starred reviews:

—"…gems relevant to today’s politics, along with the narrator’s strong inner voice, make this offering stand out. Powerful storytelling of a not-so-distant past."—Kirkus, Starred Review

—"This story adeptly shows readers that, like the Clinton Twelve, they too can be part of something greater than themselves. A must-buy for tweens and teens…"—School Library Journal, Starred Review

Here is a brief video where actor Cameron Boyce and his sister Maya honor their grandmother, Jo Ann Allen Boyce, by talking about what she and the Clinton 12 did, and what it means to them today:

Available for signing:

  • This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality $17.99