Club Read: Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor by Xiran Jay Zhao
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Club Read is back in person! Kids ages 8-12 will meet monthly* at Changing Hands at 2pm to discuss the current book selection and earn points toward cool prizes.

We'll be discussing Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor by Xiran Jay Zhao for July's meeting and reveal the next Club Read selection!

*Masks are required.


Percy Jackson meets Tristan Strong in this hilarious, action-packed middle grade contemporary fantasy that follows a young boy as he journeys across China to seal the underworld shut and save the mortal realm.

Zachary Ying never had many opportunities to learn about his Chinese heritage. His single mom was busy enough making sure they got by, and his schools never taught anything except Western history and myths. So Zack is woefully unprepared when he discovers he was born to host the spirit of the First Emperor of China for a vital mission: sealing the leaking portal to the Chinese underworld before the upcoming Ghost Month blows it wide open.

The mission takes an immediate wrong turn when the First Emperor botches his attempt to possess Zack’s body and binds to Zack’s AR gaming headset instead, leading to a battle where Zack’s mom’s soul gets taken by demons. Now, with one of history’s most infamous tyrants yapping in his headset, Zack must journey across China to heist magical artifacts and defeat figures from history and myth, all while learning to wield the emperor’s incredible water dragon powers.

And if Zack can’t finish the mission in time, the spirits of the underworld will flood into the mortal realm, and he could lose his mom forever.

Great books, prize giveaways, author visits and more — it's all part of our free Club Read program for kids, and you're invited! We meet once a month to discuss a book, do some fun activities, and have a great time. Sign up today (it's free!) and start earning points towards all kinds of cool prizes. More info »

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ISBN: 9781665900706
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - May 10th, 2022