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Susan Tan


Susan Tan

Susan Tan has lived many places in her life, but calls Concord, Massachusetts, home. She grew up in a mixed-race family, and, like Cilla Lee-Jenkins, had very little hair until the age of five. After studying at Williams College, she earned her PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she studied children's literature. She currently lives in Somerville, enjoys frequent trips to Chinatown to eat tzuck sang, and teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Susan Tan

Books by Susan Tan

written by Susan Tan with illustrations by Dana Wulfekotte - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship

It’s time for Cilla 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 , help every citizen and save the world.

Written by Susan Tan and Illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte - Children's, Children's 8-12, Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Culture, Fiction
Priscilla “Cilla” Lee-Jenkins has just finished her (future) bestselling memoir, and now she’s ready to write a classic. This one promises to have everything: romance, adventure, and plenty of drama --- like Cilla’s struggles to “be more Chinese,” be the perfect flower girl at Aunt Eva’s wedding and learn how to share her best friend.
Written by Susan Tan with illustrations by Dana Wulfekotte - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship
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! Stories from her bestselling memoir, Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire, include: How she dealt with being bald until she was five, How she overcame her struggles with reading, and How family traditions with her Grandma and Grandpa Jenkins and her Chinese grandparents, Nai Nai and Ye Ye, are so different.