SHE IS JUST A GIRL BUT SHE WILL BECOME A MARTIAL ARTIST, THE QUEEN OF THE CHINA SEA, THE GREATEST PIRATE WHO EVER LIVED
Canton, 1770. Shi Yu is an orphan who never knew her parents. At six years old, she works for quick-tempered innkeeper Bai Bai, who spares her no insult or whipping. At the inn, Yu meets Li Wei, a boy who is already a martial arts expert. Yu persuades him to teach her to fight, and her talent is immediately obvious. This skill will save her life a few years later when she is kidnapped by the dreaded Golden Dragon’s pirates: instead of killing her, Golden Dragon enrols her in the crew. This is the beginning of her ascent in the piracy world. After many raids in the Pearl River, Macau and Hong Kong, nineteen-year-old Yu becomes the commander of an entire fleet which will soon number more than a hundred ships. Her very name terrorises the China Sea, and she seems to be an unstoppable force… But Yu’s fame has unwittingly made her an enemy as powerful as he is mysterious, who will stop at nothing to destroy Air and Water wushu: the legendary martial arts style of which she has become the latest master…
* A breathtaking adventure and an extraordinary coming-of-age story inspired by the true story of Ching Shih, commander of the largest pirate fleet of all time.
* Chinese wuxia literary tradition meets western romance and adventure on the sea.
* Amazing cover illustrations by Europe’s most famous illustrator, Rebecca Dautremer
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Bestselling children’s author, with books translated in 23 languages. In 2017 he won the Superpremio Andersen with Il Rinomato Catalogo Walker & Dawn. Finalist for the prestigious Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, winner of the Prix des Bouquineurs en Seine, the Vlag en Wimpel in the Netherlands, and the Flanders KJV. In 2018 Red Stars won In Other Words – Booktrust’s Book in Translation Award and in 2020 The You was shortlisted for The Strega Children’s Prize.