Check out acclaimed author Julie C. Dao's debut middle grade series, featuring a team of kids ready for any challenge-even saving the fantasy world of Pantaera from dark forces and certain ruin!
The popular fantasy video game War of Gods and Men is being adapted for reality television, and Team Chu and company are competing for the title of child hero: the young person destined to unite the forces of Pantaera to save it from a sinister fate. Over the next week, they'll be challenged by sirens, vampires, elves, and more in Tests of Courage, Determination, Humility, Intelligence, and Strength.
Popular athlete Clip is confident he'll take the prize, if it weren't for that test of humility. And despite claiming not to care about the game, Sadie finds herself pulled into the immersive world of Pantaera and rising to meet the challenges thrown her way. And her best friend, Jeremy, proud nerd and last pick for P.E. teams, wants more than anything to save the world of the game he loves, no matter the cost.
Join Clip, Sadie, Jeremy, and their friends on a thrilling adventure through an extraordinary fantasy world to learn who among them has what it takes to become Pantaera's child hero!
PRAISE FOR TEAM CHU AND THE BATTLE OF BLACKWOOD ARENA
"Dao is a bright voice in middle grade fiction, crafting characters and plot in a way that feels effortless . . . A fresh title that weaves elements of sports stories and sci-fi with realism and beautifully developed characters, in a way that makes this story irresistible."
school library journal, STARRED REVIEW
"The spirited narrative explores how Clip and Sadie relate to each other and their passions via virtual reality escapades, clever puzzles, and friendly sibling rivalry. A rousing adventure and heartwarming series opener."
"The perfect balance of heart and action that will have young readers racing to that last page -- and then screaming for the next book."
- Scott Reintgen, Indie Bestselling author of the Nyxia series
"An action-packed tale of sibling rivalry where thrills and challenges highlight the importance of family and teamwork. This book will delight readers with its fast pace and captivating worlds. Dao has once again crafted a must-read story full of immersive adventure."
Adrianna Cuevas, author of Pura Belpre Honor book The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez and Cuba in My Pocket
"Chapters alternate between sports-loving Clip’s voice and academically inclined Sadie’s point of view as the siblings unravel the mystery in the most challenging—and imaginative—game of laser tag they’ve ever played. Young gamers, and readers who enjoy rooting for a strong sibling relationship full of competition and support, will revel in this fun, fast-paced adventure."
"Julie Dao delivers a thrilling, pulse pounding joy ride of an adventure brimming over with humor and heart. Readers will love following bickering siblings Sadie and Clip into their wildly imaginative and sinister game of laser tag that will test their skills, their nerve and their love for each other. Team Chu forever!"
SAMIRA AHMED, NEW yORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF INTERNMENT AND AMIRA & HAMZA: the war to save the worlds
"Laser tag has never been cooler! Both a wild, rollicking adventure and a sweet and nuanced sibling story, Julie C. Dao’s middle-grade debut is first on the leaderboard for me."
e.l. sHEN, AUTHOR OF THE COMEbACK
"An epically cool adventure that combines fantasy, virtual reality, and competitive sibling rivalry. TEAM CHU AND THE LASER TAG ADVENTURE is fast-paced and bursting with richly designed gaming worlds that you'll wish were real. It's vivid, thrilling, and so much fun."
- Akemi Dawn Bowman, author of the William C. Morris Award Finalist STARFISH and THE INFINITY COURTS series
BUZZ FOR TEAM CHU
AND THE BATTLE OF BLACKWOOD ARENA
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