Today is my birthday so I hope you will forgive a bit of self-promotion. My debut middle grade/tween novel published on May 5 and I’m thrilled beyond belief to have it out in the world.
Keep It Together, Keiko Carter by Debbi Michiko Florence
From the publisher: A sweet story about first crushes, friendship drama, and finding the courage to stand up for yourself.
Seventh grade is supposed to be a game changer. And Keiko thinks she’s got it covered, especially with Audrey and Jenna by her side to shop for a new look, pick out a prime lunch spot, and even hit up that cute new bubble tea place after school. Her trio is ready to tackle life as they always have… together.
But when Audrey decides they need boyfriends before Fall Ball, it looks like things may be changing in all the wrong ways. Jenna is sick of caving into Audrey’s demands, and soon Keiko’s besties are barely talking, leaving her caught in the middle. While she’s been dreaming about triple-dates, first kisses, and a boy she really shouldn’t have a crush on, the friendship she’s always thought was rock-solid is beginning to crumble.
Keiko feels pulled in two directions. Should she try to help her friends — even if it means losing one of them — or follow her heart? When it comes to flirting, friendships, and fallouts, how is Keiko supposed to keep it all together?
This reader review made my day:
For more about the book including reviews and interviews.
You can also buy personalized signed copies of the book at Bank Square Books.
I’m super excited to share the cover reveal of my middle grade debut, Keep It Together, Keiko Carter (Scholastic/May 5, 2020). I love everything about this cover – huge thanks to brilliant cover designer Stephanie Yang.
Check out my essay on the Nerdy Book Club blog, on how I came to write this novel. ❤
July 3 was my book birthday for Jasmine Toguchi Flamingo Keeper – book 4 in the chapter book series about a spunky 8-year-old Japanese American girl!
Jasmine Toguchi Flamingo Keeper by Debbi Michiko Florence, Illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic
Farrar Straus Giroux/ 2018
Junior Library Guild Fall 2018 Selection
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Now that all four books in the Jasmine Toguchi series are available both in paperback and in hardcover, here are two ways you can win the set this summer (2018)!
1. Post or send a photo of one of the Jasmine Toguchi books at a bookstore or library (and identify the bookstore/library) by August 3 and be entered in a drawing to win a paperback set of all four Jasmine Toguchi books for your home or classroom.
2. Post or share a photo of you or your child reader and any of the Jasmine Toguchi books on vacation with you by August 31 and be entered in a drawing to win a hardcover set of all four Jasmine Toguchi books for your home or classroom.
Winners must have a U.S. or Canada mailing address. When you share on social media, be sure to tag me on Twitter @DebbiMichiko or Instagram @jasminetoguchi. Or you can email me the photo for me to share online. Winners will be contacted by DM or email.
I’m excited to share that book 3 in my chapter book series, Jasmine Toguchi, launches today!
Jasmine Toguchi Drummer Girl (Junior Library Guild 2018 Selection)
It’s talent show time at school, and eight-year-old Jasmine Toguchi is excited to show her stuff. But as she thinks about her strengths—tree-climbing, mochi making, collage—none of them feel quite right to perform on-stage. Jasmine’s friends already have a talent: Tommy yo-yo’s, Daisy dances, and Linnie plays piano. Plus, Maggie Milsap (aka Miss Perfect) is saying she’ll have the best talent.
When Jasmine’s mom introduces her to the taiko, a traditional Japanese drum, Jasmine finally finds an activity that feels just right. But will she be good enough at taiko in time to beat Maggie Milsap?
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If you email me at jasminetoguchibooks at gmail with your proof of purchase, you will be entered in a drawing for a Jasmine Toguchi goody bag!
You can win signed paperback copies of Mochi Queen, Super Sleuth, a signed hardcover copy of Drummer Girl, an original Jasmine Toguchi bag designed and silkscreened by the talented illustrator of the series, Elizabet Vukovic, along with other goodies! Email by April 25 for a chance to win!
Please indulge me once more as I share the cover of the first book in my Jasmine Toguchi chapter book series:
Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen (FSG/July 11, 2017)
Eight-year-old Jasmine Toguchi is a flamingo fan, tree climber, and top-notch mess-maker!
She’s also tired of her big sister, Sophie, always getting to do things first. For once, Jasmine wishes SHE could do something before Sophie―something special, something different. The New Year approaches, and as the Toguchi family gathers in Los Angeles to celebrate, Jasmine is jealous that her sister gets to help roll mochi balls by hand with the women. Her mom says that Jasmine is still too young to join in, so she hatches a plan to help the men pound the mochi rice instead. Surely her sister has never done THAT before.
But pounding mochi is traditionally reserved for boys. And the mochi hammer is heavier than it looks. Can Jasmine build her case and her mochi-making muscles in time for New Year’s Day?
Big thanks and appreciation go to talented illustrator Elizabet Vukovic and awesome designer Kristie Radwilowicz! I’m so in love with this cover! The bright colors and overall design take me back to the manga I used to love to read as a child. And Jasmine – I just love her in her flamingo shirt and crown, holding a tray of delicious mochi.
Believe it or not, you can already pre-order the books!
Thanks for letting me share the joy with you all!
Thursday, stay tuned for my Spotlight on a debut middle grade author and a chance to win a signed copy of her book!
Hello! Thank you for your continued patronage, for allowing me to share buzz reviews and author interviews and give-aways of some of my favorite children’s books. I look forward to continue to do so here. I’ve got some exciting interviews coming up of debut authors!
If you are an educator, parent, or a lover of children’s literature, I’m pleased to announce that I will be offering a monthly newsletter featuring activities, lessons, and crafts for my books, as well as highlighting other authors and books. I hope to integrate tidbits of personal info and Japanese culture and language, too.
If you sign up before October 15, 2016, your name will be entered in a drawing to win the full set of my Dorothy & Toto early reader chapter book series (paperback version). How do you sign up? Just go to my web site, scroll to the bottom, and enter your email address. Easy peasy!
Thank you, as always! Happy reading!