Julie C. Dao: Team Chu and the Battle of Blackwood Arena

Book Launch Celebration
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
191 Bank Street
Burlington, VT 05401


 Please join us for an evening with Julie C. Dao to celebrate the release of her new middle grade book,Team Chu and the Battle of Blackwood Arena, a rollicking, action-packed adventure of laser tag and fierce sibling rivalries. Julie will be in conversation with Vermont author, Katherine Arden.


ABOUT THE BOOK:  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?


Julie C. Dao is the acclaimed author of Forest of a Thousand LanternsKingdom of the Blazing PhoenixSong of the Crimson Flower, and Broken Wish. She leads many workshops for places like the Highlights Foundation and enjoys school visits. She lives in New England.


Katherine Arden is the New York Times bestselling author of the Winternight trilogy and the Small Spaces quartet. She lives in Vermont.


Please note, masks are strongly encouraged but no longer required for vaccinated attendees. We can’t predict the future course of the pandemic, so Phoenix Books reserves the right to institute masking and/or vaccination rules for this event as circumstances dictate.  


DATE:  Tuesday, July 26th at 7:00pm

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

ADMISSION: This event is free and open to the public but advance registration is requested.  Please register below. 

PRE-ORDERS: Can't make it to the event but still want to purchase a signed, personalized copy of  Team Chu and the Battle of Blackwood Arena? Click HERE Copies will be available after the event on July 26th.  If you ordered a book for store pick up, we will contact you as soon as it's ready.  If you ordered a book with shipping, please allow an additional 7-10 days for delivery.