Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire
Introducing Cilla Lee-Jenkins: 50% Chinese, 50% Caucasian, and 100% destined to become a future author extraordinaire!
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.
Susan Tan has lived many places in her life, but calls Concord, Massachusetts, home. She grew up in a mixed-race family, like Cilla Lee-Jenkins. She is the recipient of the Asian Pacicfic American Library Association Honor for her debut novel, Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she studied children's literature. She currently lives in Somerville 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).
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
"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
"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
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