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About the Author
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, was bald until the age of five. She earned degrees from Williams College and 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.
Susan Tan has also written Cilla Lee-Jenkins: This Book Is a Classic.
Dana's artwork can be seen in books like The Remember Balloons, Rabbit & Possum & Cilla Lee-Jenkins: This Book Is A Classic.
Praise for Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire
"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 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 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
"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
"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
"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