Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

Published by Roaring Brook Press; Illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte

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; and how family traditions with her Grandma and Grandpa Jenkins and her Chinese grandparents, Nai Nai and Ye Ye, are so different

A novel bursting with love and humor, as told through a bright, irresistible biracial protagonist who will win your heart and make you laugh.

“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

“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

“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

“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

“In Tan’s debut novel… readers will meet spunky 8 ½ year old Cilla, who is 50% Chinese, 50% Caucasian and I think 100% wonderful… Cilla sets out to become a bestselling author by chronicling her life in hilarious, running commentary fashion that often made me laugh out loud. Cilla’s adventures (ranging from being bald at 5 years old, to the monsters in her closet) explore the joys and challenges of being bi-racial so gently and energetically, I suspect young readers will want to reach into the pages and hug her!” —Rachel Renee Russell writing for Amazon’s Omnivoracious, bestselling author of The Dork Diaries

“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