Debbi Michiko Florence

Cover Reveal: Sweet & Sour

I’m thrilled to share the cover of my next middle grade novel: Sweet and Sour! Sweet and Sour, Scholastic/May 17, 2022 I love everything about this cover – how Mai and Zach are looking at each other, Bank Square Books in the background, the BT21 Cooky plush keychain on Mai’s tote bag, the clothes Mai… Read more »

Niki Nakayama: A Chef’s Tale in 13 Bites News, Reviews, and Interviews

This is where you’ll find links to all the news, reviews, and interviews for our picture book biography Niki Nakayama: A Chef’s Tale in 13 Bites by Jamie Michalak and Debbi Michiko Florence illustrated by Yuko Jones Farrar Straus and Giroux, September 2021   “Determined heroine, delightful story, delectable illustrations: Both young readers and their… Read more »

JUST BE COOL, JENNA SAKAI Preorder Campaign

Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai, a companion novel to Keep It Together, Keiko Carter, publishes on August 3, 2021. First heartbreaks. Fierce competition. Family Drama. Who knew middle school would be so hard? I’m pleased to announce that you can pre-order the book now. If you pre-order from my local independent bookstore Bank Square Books/Savoy… Read more »

Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai: News, Reviews, & Interviews

This is where you’ll find updated news and links to reviews and interviews. I’ll be updating regularly. Thanks for all your support! Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai is available now! August 3, 2021 (Scholastic) “Heartbreak is for suckers.” When Jenna Sakai gets dumped over winter break, it confirms what she learned from her parents’ messy… Read more »

Just Be Cool Jenna Sakai Book Talk

The galleys of Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai are landing in mailboxes! This is always an exciting and nerve-wracking time for an author. It’s like letting your baby go into the world. The story and characters went from being in my head, in a file on my laptop, to printed pages – from being mine… Read more »

Project LIT

I am thrilled that Keep It Together, Keiko Carter is a 2020-2021 Project LIT Book Club selection! Knowing that teachers and librarians will be sharing my book with their students brings me so much joy. Thank you Project LIT for this honor!

Junior Library Guild

I am overjoyed and so filled with gratitude that Keep It Together, Keiko Carter is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection!

More Keep It Together, Keiko Carter News

I’m thrilled and honored to learn that Keep It Together, Keiko Carter is a New England Book Award finalist! Thank you New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA). Congratulations to all the finalists! I’m so awed to see Keiko in such amazing company! Keep It Together, Keiko Carter is in French! I’m over-the-moon happy to know… Read more »

Day 4 of Keep It Together, Keiko Carter Launch Week Giveaway

Thank you to everyone for playing along and helping me celebrate my debut middle grade novel! Today is the last day of festivities with a special prize. Not only will you get a signed copy of my book, but you will get something special, too! As I’ve mentioned, Keiko Carter loves chocolate. The book opens… Read more »