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Miya T. Beck 

Author of The Pearl Hunter

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Available now!

The Pearl Hunter 
(Feb. 7, 2023)

Publisher: Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780063238190

Kai and Kishi share the same futon, the same face, and the same talent for pearl diving.            


But Kishi is the obedient daughter, while Kai tries to push boundaries, and sometimes they fight as fiercely as only the closest of twin sisters can. Still, when Kishi is stolen by the legendary ghost whale, nothing will stop Kai from searching, deep in the ocean to bring her home.

But such a rescue is beyond the power of an ordinary mortal. Kai strikes a deal with the gods: she’ll steal a magic pearl from faraway Sky Mountain in exchange for her sister’s soul. As she journeys across the treacherous landscape, Kai must navigate encounters with scheming bandits, a power-hungry warlord, and a legion of conniving fox spirits, all the while keeping to her mission to save Kishi. And when a new friendship becomes something almost as powerful as her love for her twin, Kai must make impossible choices and risk everything just to get home again.

Woven through with traditional Japanese stories, legends, and strategy games, this is a thrilling, layered adventure.

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Readers will want to dive into this story full of magic and adventure.

– Kirkus Reviews

When I put this book down, I was left with a very complex set of emotions thanks to how it honors the complexity of the human experience.

– Emily Autenrieth, A Seat at the Table Books, Elk Grove, CA

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

  • Indies Introduce Kids' Debut pick, Winter/Spring 2023


  • Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

A captivating adventure with a beautiful historical and mythical backdrop, The Pearl Hunter is an exciting tale of resourcefulness, inner strength, and the bond between sisters.


– Gabriella Crivilare, Prairie Fox Books,

Ottawa, IL

A terrifically transporting tale of familial love and the power in finally stepping into your identity.


– Emily Graham,


A stunning novel, inside and out. ... Kai is complex, imperfect, fierce and loyal. ... The Pearl Hunter will capture your heart and leave you thoughtful.


– Brandi Stewart, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ

Praise & Reviews


Upcoming Appearances

Feb. 12, 2023: Books of Wonder, New York City @ 5 p.m.

March 4, 2023: Barnes & Noble Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn @ 2 p.m.

April 8, 2023: Timbre Books, Ventura, Calif. @ 4 p.m.

April 27, 2023: Kensington Branch, Brooklyn Public Library @ 4 p.m.

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About Miya T. Beck

Miya 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 this novel. A former daily newspaper reporter and magazine writer, she lives in Brooklyn with her family.

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