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Team Chu and the Battle of Blackwood Arena (Team Chu #1)

Written by Julie C. Dao
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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?

Primary ISBN: 9780374388751
Publication Date: July 2022
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, eBook
Middle Grade, Age 08 or older

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