Jasmine Toguchi Series

Peace-Maker

by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic Farrar Straus Giroux, March 2023

With more than 150,000 copies sold, the award-winning Jasmine Toguchi chapter book series starring a spunky Japanese American heroine returns with four new standalone books set on a family vacation in Japan!

Eight-year-old Jasmine and her family travel to Hiroshima to visit her grandma and cousin Akari. After finally building a good relationship with her older sister, Sophie, Jasmine couldn’t be more excited to spend time together in Japan — and make a new friend in Akari. But Akari seems to only want to play with Sophie, and Jasmine’s jealousy threatens to upend their visit. Can Jasmine befriend Akari and keep the peace?

With humor and warmth, Debbi Michiko Florence tells a relatable story of new experiences, family drama, and kindness at every corner. Paired with Elizabet Vukovic’s playful illustrations, readers can’t help but root for Jasmine as you explore Japan alongside her.

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Brave Explorer

by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic, Farrar Straus Giroux, January 2023

With more than 130,000 copies sold, this award-winning chapter-book series starring a spunky Japanese American heroine returns with four new standalone books set on a family vacation in Japan!

Toothbrush? Check. Her special journal? Check! Eight-year-old Jasmine Toguchi—flamingo fan, tree climber, and top-notch messmaker—can hardly wait for her family vacation to Japan, and by the time their plane finally touches down, she’s ready to dive into their new adventure. There are so many things to see in Tokyo: Ramen Street, which she learns is not a whole street made of ramen; old temples with fancy gates; and Tokyo Tower, where you can even spot Mount Fuji on a good day.

But when they arrive, Jasmine finds herself unable to get away from her older sister Sophie’s crabby attitude. Plus there’s so much about Japan she didn’t know, and she seems to be getting in trouble right and left. Will Jasmine be able to cheer up her sister AND find her footing in a new country?

With her trademark humor and warmth, Debbi Michiko Florence weaves family drama and a fun introduction of Japanese culture into this delightful next chapter in Jasmine’s world.

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Mochi Queen

by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic, Farrar Straus Giroux
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • An Amazon’s Best Children’s Book
  • An Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids
  • A Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books
  • A Nerdy Book Club Award Winner
  • Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year
  • Amelia Bloomer List
  • CBCC Choices List (Best of the Year)
  • Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award nominee
  • 2021 Nutmeg Book Award nominee

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?

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“Florence paints a lovely picture of a warm, extended family whose members truly care about one another and take each other seriously. New readers thirsty for series fiction will look forward to more stories about Jasmine and her family.”

–Kirkus Reviews

“Florence warmly traces Jasmine’s efforts to get strong (and fast), her clashes and tender moments with her family, and the ins and outs of making mochi (a recipe is included). Vukovic’s b&w spot illustrations evoke Japanese Sumi-e painting while playfully capturing Jasmine’s willfulness and her family’s closeness.”

–Publisher’s Weekly

“This first entry nicely balances humor with the challenges of growing up; readers will devour it.”

—School Library Journal

“…an adorable and heartwarming story about a kid who wants to feel special and do something first for once, along with a nice overview of a Japanese New Year celebration.”

—Booklist

“This first in the series handily introduces a plucky, strong-willed girl whose family traditions may be new to many readers but whose frustrations will be familiar to nearly all.”

—The Horn Book

Super Sleuth (Book 2)

by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic, Farrar Straus Giroux

It’s a big weekend for Jasmine Toguchi! She’s excited to celebrate Girl’s Daya Japanese holiday honoring women and girlswith her sister, mother, and best friend, Linnie. When Linnie comes over to plan for the Girl’s Day celebration, Jasmine’s neighbor lets them play dress up in her garage. But the garage is dark, which is kind of scary. And Linnie decides to go home early, which is kind of weird. And Jasmine’s big sister, Sophie, doesn’t seem to want to join in the Girl’s Day fun this year, which is kind of confusing. WHAT is going on?

As her big weekend plans start to unravel, Jasmine must use her sleuthing skills to spot the clues around her. Then maybe, just maybe, she can fix things and make sure the Girl’s Day celebration happens!

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Drummer Girl (Book 3)

by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic, Farrar Straus Giroux
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Romper’s 100 Progressive Books for Children
  • A Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Year
  • A Nerdy Book Club Award Winner
  • Cybils Award Winner
  • Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award Winner for Transitional Fiction

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?

Join Jasmine as she discovers her talent–and the difference between being the best and trying your best.

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“An enjoyable offering about trying new activities and finding just the right talent that makes us feel “free and strong and happy.”

–Kirkus Reviews

Flamingo Keeper (Book 4)

by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic, Farrar Straus Giroux
  • A Chicago Public Library’s Best of  2018
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection

Jasmine’s best friend, Linnie, has just gotten a puppy. And now Jasmine wants a pet of her own―a flamingo! So when her grandmother sends Jasmine a daruma doll as a surprise gift, Jasmine colors in one doll eye and wishes for a flamingo to keep.

Next, Jasmine tries to convince her parents that she’s responsible enough for a pet. She cleans her room, brushes her teeth, takes out the trash, and, most importantly, researches everything she can about flamingos. But soon it becomes clear that her wish may never come true! Will Jasmine’s daruma doll ever get its second eye? Luckily her big sister, Sophie, has a surprise planned that fulfills Jasmine’s wish beyond her wildest dreams.

Debbi Michiko Florence is at her best in this sweet, special story of sisterhood and new responsibilities!

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Jasmine Toguchi Series - Audiobooks

written by Debbi Michiko Florence, narrated by Allison Hiroto, Orange Sky Audio by Findaway

All four Jasmine Toguchi chapter books are now available as audiobooks!

  • Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen – Audies 2022 for Young Listeners Finalist

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