Through a Clouded Mirror

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$19.99  $18.59
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
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5.75 X 8.55 X 0.8 inches | 0.78 pounds

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About the Author

Miya T. Beck is a native Californian who always had a deep interest in the Japanese side of her heritage. Though she tried and failed to become fluent in Japanese, her studies did introduce her to the myths and fairy tales that inspired her novel, The Pearl Hunter. A former daily newspaper reporter and magazine writer, she lives in Brooklyn with her family.


"A steadfast, imagery-driven fantasy teeming with Japanese lore." -- Publishers Weekly

"Beck gradually and deftly reveals the cracks hinting at a sinister truth thanks to the strong worldbuilding. A quiet, enjoyable fantasy with a dark twist." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Beck returns with a middle-grade fantasy destined to appeal to fans of poetry, Japanese folklore, and Alice in Wonderland." -- Booklist

Praise for THE PEARL HUNTER: "Filled with elements of Japanese culture, including myths and legends, this is an exciting, fast-paced adventure with lots of twists and turns.... Readers will want to dive into this story full of magic and adventure." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Supernatural entities from Japanese mythology propel a young pearl diver on a perilous mission in this immersive otherworldly fantasy.... With a painstakingly built world and a strong emotional thrust, Beck's vivid, fierce-hearted debut fleshes out a flawed, memorable protagonist alongside fearsome mythical creatures." -- Publishers Weekly

"The engrossing story whisks readers into a world of magical possibilities along with real-world conundrums. Enchanting Japanese folklore and detailed settings are woven into a high-stakes adventure with a twist ending that will leave readers hoping for more. A terrifically transporting tale of familial love and the power in finally stepping into your identity." -- Booklist

"The elegant prose is descriptive, and the fictional world, inspired by eleventh century Japan, is rich with Japanese myths and legends... the book will especially find an audience with fans of Erin Entrada Kelly and Grace Lin." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books