Ep. 91: Debbi Michiko Florence on Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai

Today my guest is Debbi Michiko Florence, whose new middle grade novel Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai is sure to fly off library and classroom shelves and into the hands of young readers.

Debbi Michiko Florence is also the author of Keep It Together Keiko Carter, the Jasmine Toguchi chapter book series, and the co-author of a picture book biography, Niki Nakayama: A Chef’s Tale in 13 Bites. A former classroom teacher, Debbi has spoken on panels at conferences and book festivals, taught writing workshops for children and adults, and loves doing author visits at schools and libraries. She is on the faculty of The Highlights Foundation. A third-generation Japanese American, born and raised in California, Debbi now lives in Connecticut where she writes in her studio, The Word Nest.


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Fans of Keep it Together, Keiko Carter will love this beautiful companion novel about Jenna Sakai and her struggle to “stay cool” when life gets messy. Jenna’s determination to avoid heartbreak by building walls between herself and those who love her comes at a lonely cost, but the journey leads to a deeper understanding of her own heart, and her capacity to love and be loved. A beautiful story about healing from heartbreak, and discovering the strength that comes from opening your heart to others. Jenna is a gem! -Jo Knowles, author of Where the Heart Is

To learn more about Debbi Michiko Florence, follow her on social media, and stay in the know about upcoming author events visit https://debbimichikoflorence.com/.


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Happy Reading and Listening,

Laura Szaro Kopinski


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