I love books for middle-graders. I love reading them, talking about them, and sharing them with kids, teachers, and parents. The best part about reading books for middle-graders is remembering what it was like to be a kid – to be nine-years-old and just figuring out school and friends and family – at the same time you’re beginning to examine exactly where you belong in the great big world.
Some books just remind you of that time, while others transport you back there and make you relive all of it: the laughter, the pain, the excitement, and the confusion. Fellow 2017 debut author Susan Tan’s debut MG novel CILLA LEE-JENKINS: FUTURE AUTHOR EXTRAORDINAIRE does all of this and more.
I read this book in one sitting and loved it so much, I shared my love for it all over social media – that is after I managed to wipe away the tears.
Cilla Lee-Jenkins is the best friend you wish you had. Her struggles are real. Her triumphs are joyous. And her big heart and rich imagination will captivate even the most jaded reader. Susan Tan’s debut will have you laughing out loud one minute and choking back tears the next. This book is a must read for anyone who is or once was a child. Be warned: Cilla and her family will steal your heart.
CILLA LEE-JENKINS: FUTURE AUTHOR EXTRAODINAIRE is a must for every classroom and library – public and personal. And, lucky for us, we can pre-order it now and have it in our mailboxes by the end of March.
- The funny and big-hearted Cilla.
- A great voice kids will totally relate to.
- Real life worries and triumphs – new baby, fights with friends, big dreams.
- A great example of expressing yourself through writing /memoir.
- Discussion about family – and the joys and challenges of growing up in two cultures.
- Discussion about friendship – and what you do when you make a mistake.
- Discussion about change – and how to find your place when everything seems to be falling apart.