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Descendant of the Crane
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Joan He was born and raised in Philadelphia but still will, on occasion, lose her way. 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 and currently writes from a desk overlooking the city waterfront. Descendant of the Crane is her young adult debut.

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" Descendant of the Crane is 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 doneno matter the cost." Kristen Ciccarelli, Iiternationally bestselling author of The Last Namsara
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 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 A Thousand Beginnings and Endings and the Gates of Thread and Stone series
"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 Times bestselling author of Seraphina
"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
"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 Review s
Book roundup- The 35 Best YA Books of 2019 So Far https://www.seventeen.com/life/g25588632/best-ya-books-2019/
"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 Times bestselling author of Seraphina
"A fully realized history helps make this adventure, rooted in Chinese folklore, feel epic, while Hesina's fierce determination will appeal to contemporary readers." Booklist
A Book of the Month Selection A Publishers Lunch Spring/Summer 2019 YA Buzz Book SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE: "The 35 Best YA Books of 2019 So Far" POPSUGAR.: "The 20 Best New Books to Read in April" EPIC READS: "April is Bringing Us Three of the Year's New Must-Read Fantasy Novels" B&N Teen: "20 of Our Most Anticipated YA Debuts of 2019" Goodreads: "Spring's Most Epic YA Books" Buzzfeed: "24 YA Books to Devour During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month"

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