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Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

Cilla Lee-Jenkins (Volume 1)

Susan Tan; illustrations by Dana Wulfekotte

Roaring Brook Press

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“Meeting Cilla felt like making a new best friend.” —Grace Lin, bestselling author of Newbery Honor book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Priscilla "Cilla" Lee-Jenkins is on a tight deadline. Her baby sister is about to be born, and Cilla needs to become a bestselling author before her family forgets all about her. So she writes about what she knows best—herself! Stories from her bestselling memoir, Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire, include:

- How she dealt with being bald until she was five
- How she overcame her struggles with reading
- How family traditions with her Grandma and Grandpa Jenkins and her Chinese grandparents, Nai Nai and Ye Ye, are so different

Debut author Susan Tan has written a novel bursting with love and humor, as told through a bright, irresistible biracial protagonist who will win your heart and make you laugh.

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FAMILIES AND THE FORCES OF DARKNESS


I’ll start by introducing my family, since lots of my stories have them in it (also they’re pretty great). There’s me (who you know), and my mom and dad. Then there are my...

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Praise for Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

“[Cilla Lee-Jenkins] is 50% Chinese, 50% Caucasian and I think 100% wonderful . . . I suspect young readers will want to reach into the pages and hug her!” —Rachel Renee Russell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dork Diaries, for Omnivoracious.com

“Cilla’s empathy, candor, and skill at turning a phrase indicates that her claim to be a future author extraordinaire is completely justified . . . Anyone who spends time with Cilla Lee-Jenkins will look forward to reading her in the future.” —Booklist, starred review

“Tan writes in a fun and spunky voice that brings to mind favorite characters such as Junie B. Jones, Ramona Quimby, and Fancy Nancy but is still all her own . . . Readers will identify with Cilla and wish they were friends with her in real life.” —School Library Journal

Cilla’s liveliness, vulnerability, and thoughtfulness make her an endearing and entertaining narrator.” —Horn Book

“Tan, who grew up in a mixed-race family, does a lovely job of showing how Cilla finds joy in both sides of her heritage.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Heartwarming and poignant! Meeting Cilla felt like making a new best friend. I can't wait to share the book with my own daughter.” —Grace Lin, bestselling author of Newbery Honor book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and National Book Award finalist When the Sea Turned to Silver

Cilla Lee-Jenkins is the kind of book you can’t wait to share. There’s humor and heartache, and future writers of all kinds will see themselves in Cilla. But above all, this is a book just bursting with love.” —Kate Milford, New York Times bestselling author of Greenglass House

"This story has everything. An irresistible voice, a cast of authentic characters, a hilarious and whip-smart heroine. Also…some spectacular baldness and TIME TRAVEL! Cilla Lee-Jenkins is brilliant. Her struggles may seem ordinary, but they’re also extraordinary, exquisite, and very very important." —Kate Beasley, author of Gertie's Leap to Greatness

“I challenge anyone to read this book and not fall in love with Cilla Lee-Jenkins. With the spunk of Ivy and Bean and the heart of Ramona Quimby, she’s a charmer from start to finish of this laugh-out-loud-funny book.” —I. W. Gregorio, author of None of the Above

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About the author

Susan Tan; illustrations by Dana Wulfekotte

Susan Tan has lived many places in her life, but calls Concord, Massachusetts, home. She grew up in a mixed-race family, and, like Cilla Lee-Jenkins, had very little hair until the age of five. After studying at Williams College, she earned her PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she studied children's literature. She currently lives in Somerville, enjoys frequent trips to Chinatown to eat tzuck sang, and teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Dana Wulfekotte is a children’s book author, illustrator, and animator. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Queens with her boyfriend and two rabbits (whom she now regrets not naming Supernova and Sparkledust).

Susan Tan

Jacqueline Moss Photography

Dana Wulfekotte

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