Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire – GIVEAWAY!!!

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This is the second of four posts I’m doing at the end of this year as part of the Debut Authors Bash blog tour! I haven’t had a chance to read this one yet, but it’s definitely on my TBR shelf! Lucky for all of you, I am offering a GIVEAWAY for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of Susan Tan’s upcoming book, as well as an adorable crocheted rainbow unicorn (SO JEALOUS!!!).

Cilla Lee Jenkins

Since I haven’t read Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire yet, I’m going to share the official description of the book from the Goodreads page:

Cilla Lee-Jenkins is 50% Chinese, 50% Caucasian, and 100% destined for literary greatness! Introducing an irresistible new character who shares stories about a new sibling, being biracial, and her destiny as a future author extraordinaire in this middle grade novel.

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! And Cilla has a lot to write about: How did she deal with being bald until the age of five? How did she overcome her struggles with reading? How do family traditions with Grandma and Grandpa Jenkins differ from family traditions with her Chinese grandparents, Nai Nai and Ye Ye?

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire is a novel bursting with love and humor, as told through a bright, irresistible biracial protagonist who will win your heart and make you laugh.

Sounds awesome, right???

Book Two in the Cilla Lee-Jenkins series continues the tale of Cilla’s work as an author, this time as she sets out to write “a Classic.” At the same time, it promises to tell tales of Cilla’s struggles to “be more Chinese” and of learning to share her best friend.

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About the Author:

Susan Tan has worked with children’s books since the age of 14, when she was a Page in the children’s room of the Concord Public Library. She went on to study English at Williams College and earned her PhD at the University of Cambridge in Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature. While in graduate school, she began to write a children’s book of her own which became her debut novel, Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire.

Cilla is based on Susan’s own experiences growing up in a mixed-race family, and deals with the questions, challenges, and many joys that navigating different racial and cultural identities can bring. A second book in the Cilla series titled Cilla Lee-Jenkins: This Book is A Classic is scheduled for release in 2018. Susan was the 2015 Gish Jen Emerging Writers Fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston and currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

You can follow her on Twitter (@susansmtan), or on her website,

DON’T FORGET TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!!! Don’t let me keep that RAINBOW unicorn!

Rainbow Unicorn

Have you read any great books lately?

15 thoughts on “Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire – GIVEAWAY!!!

  1. Danielle Hammelef December 23, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    My favorite diverse read this year was Queens of Geek. Loved this book.


    • 2cookscraftingbooks December 24, 2017 / 11:07 pm

      Wow! This one sounds like it has a lot of great ideas in it. Another for the TBR shelf! It’s going to be overflowing!!!


  2. Heidi C December 24, 2017 / 1:50 am

    Alvin Ho was a huge hit in my classroom. It made a great read aloud.


  3. theresajs December 24, 2017 / 2:11 am

    I just read Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai – not an enjoyable read but makes you think and will stick with you.


  4. Susan December 24, 2017 / 3:34 am

    These two books look like great reads for my 4th graders!


  5. darla December 24, 2017 / 4:44 am

    the hate u give


    • 2cookscraftingbooks December 24, 2017 / 11:02 pm

      I LOVED that one! What an amazing book – and such a splash for a debut author!


  6. readingwishes December 25, 2017 / 8:17 am

    This sounds so good! Is the giveaway international?


  7. kelly woods December 30, 2017 / 5:04 am

    Sounds interesting, thank you


  8. Karen L December 31, 2017 / 4:32 am

    My 8 year old loves The Humphrey Collection. It’s by Betty G. Birney and it’s told in the class hampster point of you.


    • 2cookscraftingbooks December 31, 2017 / 1:58 pm

      We have a couple of those, but I can never get my son interested. I may have to wait until my daughter is older to read them!


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