Descendant of the Crane


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Roaring Brook Press
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5.46 X 8.18 X 1.13 inches | 0.79 pounds

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About the Author

Joan He was born and raised in Philadelphia, and now lives in Chicago, IL. At a young age, she received classical instruction in oil painting before discovering that stories were her favorite kind of art. She studied psychology and Chinese history at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the bestselling author of The Ones We're Meant to Find, Strike the Zither, and Descendant of the Crane, her young adult debut novel.


A Book of the Month(TM) Selection
A Publishers Lunch Spring/Summer 2019 YA Buzz Book
The Best Young Adult Fantasy Novels of 2019, Forbes
2020 Chelsey Award for Best Cover Illustration Finalist
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Buzzfeed: "24 YA Books to Devour During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month"

A gripping tale full of intrigue, unpredictable twists, and betrayal--this is the Chinese fantasy readers have been waiting for. - Hafsah Faizal, New York Times-bestselling author of the Sands of Arawiya duology

Descendant of the Craneis my favorite kind of story: lyrical, romantic, politically complex, but most of all, driven by an iron-willed heroine who will do what must be done--no matter the cost. -Kristen Ciccarelli, internationally bestselling author of The Last Namsara

A beautiful debut with thrilling politics and strokes of magic, set in a lush world that feels real and weighted with its own complex history. -Lori M. Lee, author of the Gates of Thread and Stone series and contributor to A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

Joan He has penned a lovely and intriguing tale of secrets, family, and betrayal. You'll be drawn in by this marvelously vivid world... and keep turning the pages for the plot twists! -Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader

Deep world-building, magical family secrets, and intricate palace politics--Descendant of the Crane soars from page one. Its twists and treacheries kept me guessing until the very end. - Rachel Hartman, New York Timesbestselling author of Seraphina

The plot twists are truly dizzying at times, and everyone, from villain to ally, has an intriguing backstory... With complex world-building and character development, readers tired of cookie-cutter stories will find some surprise twists here. - Kirkus Reviews

A compelling, immersive book. Young adults will find a story and a world that is a joy to explore in this highly original mystery. - Foreword, starred review

A fully realized history helps make this adventure, rooted in Chinese folklore, feel epic, while Hesina will appeal to contemporary readers. - Booklist

Hesina is a heroine for the ages--brilliant, determined, and fierce. It is impossible not to root for her. -Laura Sebastian, New York Times bestselling author of Ash Princess

[A] fast-moving debut... He combines a highly detailed Asian-inspired culture that incorporates Chinese names and traditions, aspects of top-notch thrillers, and complex characters to create a series opener that should appeal to teens and adults alike. - Publishers Weekly