Win a Virtual Author visit with Julie C. Dao!

Win a Virtual Author visit with Julie C. Dao!

What better way to start the school year than with a book about sibling rivalry, laser tag, and a race against time? Team Chu and the Battle of Blackwood Arena by author Julie C. Dao is a middle grade adventure every kid will want to read. Think Jumanji but with laser tag! Enter our giveaway for a chance to win a virtual classroom visit with author Julie C. Dao, a class set of Team Chu and the Battle of Blackwood Arena and black light keychains and a breakout style activity kit!

The runner-up will receive a class set of Team Chu and the Battle of Blackwood Arena and black light keychains, the breakout style activity kit, and a video of Julie C. Dao.


No purchase necessary. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are age 21 years of age or older. Entry period begins at 12:00 a.m. (ET) on Monday, August 01, 2022 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, August 31, 2022. Void where prohibited. For full Official Rules, visit mcpgschoollibaryteamchusweeps . Sponsored by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, 120 Broadway 10271.

About the Book

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Team Chu and the Battle of Blackwood Arena by Julie C. Dao
Ages 8-12 | On Sale Now!

A rollicking, action-packed adventure of laser tag and fierce sibling rivalries, Team Chu and the Battle of Blackwood Arena is the first book in a commercial middle grade fantasy series by Julie C. Dao.

Clip and Sadie Chu couldn’t be more different. Popular, athletic Clip wants to become his school’s first seventh-grade soccer captain, while brainy star student Sadie is determined to prove that she can do anything her boastful brother can.

They have just one thing in common: they love laser tag. Like, really love it.

When the Blackwood Gaming Arena comes to town, bringing virtual reality headsets and state-of-the-art courses, they couldn’t be more excited—or competitive. But then a mysterious figure appears and claims to be a part of the game, forcing the Chus and their friends to save themselves from a sinister force lurking inside the simulation. Together, they must fight their way through epic battlegrounds that will test their speed, skills, and smarts . . . but will Clip and Sadie learn that they’re far better off working together than competing for the ultimate victory?

Praise for Team Chu and the Battle of Blackwood Arena

“Through the siblings’ alternating perspectives and respective internal struggle… Dao (Song of the Crimson Flower) delves into the Chu’s intergenerational dynamics, pressures, and expectations. A rousing adventure and heartwarming series opener.” Publishers Weekly

“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.” —Booklist

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 Belpré Honor book The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez and Cuba in My Pocket