Out May 2, 2023!
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 EPIC HERO QUEST
“A truly epic adventure! Team Chu soars to new heights in this fantastical game show with a little more magic than they initially expected. You’ll want to journey on this quest immediately.”
E. L. Shen, author of The Comeback
"This is a snappy, vivid, sci-fi fairy tale with the sweetest sibling duo at the core. I adore Team Chu!"
Natalie Lloyd, New York Times bestselling author of Hummingbird
"Friendships are tested and grown in this page-turning adventure where contestants compete in a fantasy-based set of challenges to be crowned the one true hero. I was fully immersed - squealing, laughing, cringing, and cheering. I’m Team Chu all the way!"
DEBBI MICHIKO FLORENCE, author of KEEP IT TOGETHER, KEIKO CARTER and just be cool, jenna sakai
"In this exciting story full of puzzles and mystery, readers are in for a wild ride with Team Chu and friends as they tackle their latest adventure and learn to be proud of who they are."
Adrianna Cuevas, author of Pura Belpre Honor book The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez and Cuba in My Pocket
BUZZ FOR TEAM CHU
AND THE BATTLE OF BLACKWOOD ARENA
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