Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story (Hardcover)
I love watching Cilla grow. Here, she is a 5th grader and she’s definitely more mature and responsible. Despite that, she still has a wonderful and active imagination and still comes up with great games and stories. She and her friends still capture the wonders of being a kid, knowing that they will soon be entering middle school, with the ‘big kids.’ Cilla’s close relationships with her grandparents continues as they struggle dealing with her Ye Ye’s recovery from a stroke. I hope there are more books to the series bc I would love to see Cilla navigate middle school, but it seems like the series has come to an end.— Audrey H.
Cilla Lee-Jenkins returns to pursue her dreams of becoming a successful author while dealing with her Chinese-American family in Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story by writer Susan Tan and illustrator Dana Wulfekotte.
“Anyone who spends time with Cilla Lee-Jenkins will look forward to reading her in the future.” –Booklist, starred review, on Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire
Pricilla “Cilla” Lee-Jenkins has already written a "Bestseller" and a "Classic"—now it’s time for her to write an Epic Story. Epics are all about brave heroes overcoming Struggles to save the world, and this year, Cilla is facing her toughest struggles yet:
· Cilla is in fifth grade and, unlike her classmates, not at all ready to start middle school
· She has two younger sisters to look after now and they don't exactly get along
· Her beloved grandfather YeYe has had a stroke and forgotten his English, and it’s up to Cilla to help him find his words again
With humor, heart, and her mighty pen Cilla Lee-Jenkins will use her powers to vanquish every foe (the mean girls in her class), help every citizen (especially Ye Ye), and save the world.
Dana Wulfekotte is a children’s book author, illustrator, and animator. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Queens with her boyfriend and two rabbits (whom she now regrets not naming Supernova and Sparkledust). She is the illustrator of the Cilla Lee-Jenkins books, The Remember Balloons, and her own authored Rabbit & Possum.
Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire:
“Anyone who spends time with Cilla Lee-Jenkins will look forward to reading her in the future.” —Booklist, starred review
“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.” —School Library Journal
“[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
“Meeting Cilla felt like making a new best friend. I can’t wait to share the book with my own daughter.” —Grace Lin, author of Newbery Honor book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and National Book Award finalist When the Sea Turned to Silver
“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, and a hilarious and whip-smart heroine . . . Cilla Lee-Jenkins is brilliant.” —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