Debbi Michiko Florence

A third-generation Japanese American, Debbi Michiko Florence is the acclaimed author of more than 20 books for children and tweens. Her books have received starred reviews, JLGSelections, and inclusion on lists such as Amazon Best Books and the Chicago Public LibraryBest of the Best. She loves to write stories about friendship and family. Her middle-grade novels include Sweet and Sour and Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai. She is also the author of the award-winning Jasmine Toguchi chapter book series. Book 1 of her debut middle-grade series Last Chance Academy will be published with Aladdin in the spring of 2025. A native Californian, Debbi now lives in Connecticut.