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More About Keep It Together, Keiko Carter…

Keep It Together, Keiko Carter is my middle grade debut and available for purchase now! This is where you’ll find links to news, reviews, and interviews. Keep coming back as I’ll update often. Thank you so much for all your support! You can order the book from my local independent bookstore and get a personalized… Read more »

Scholastic Spring Preview for Keep It Together, Keiko Carter

I was invited to the studio at Scholastic to record a video for their Online Spring Preview for my debut middle grade novel, Keep It Together, Keiko Carter. Curious to hear more about what this book is about? You can check out my video here. Early next year, stay tuned for details on a preorder… Read more »

Announcement and Cover Reveal of My Middle Grade Debut

I am thrilled to announce that my middle grade debut, Keep It Together, Keiko Carter will be published by Scholastic on May 5, 2020! I’m eternally grateful to my amazing agent, Tricia Lawrence of EMLA, and my brilliant editor Jenne Abramowitz! Check out this gorgeous cover: Huge props to cover designer Stephanie Yang! I love… Read more »

Catching Up!

It’s been a busy few weeks and I hope to have my quarterly newsletter out on time next month. In the meantime here are a few things I’ve been up to. As part of the #KidsNeedMentors program, I partnered with teacher Jane Chalifoux and her third grade students at Mills Pond Elementary. After a year… Read more »

Award Nomination!

I am over-the-moon thrilled and honored to learn that Jasmine Toguchi Drummer Girl is a Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award nominee! I have loved Ramona since childhood! Thank you to the committee for the nomination and thank you to Team Toguchi, my editor Grace Kendall, illustrator Elizabet Vukovic, my agent Tricia Lawrence, and the entire… Read more »

Crabby? Hooray!

Wowee zowee! I’m so excited to learn that Jasmine Toguchi Drummer Girl won the Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award for Transitional Fiction! A big thank you to Blue Crab committee and the Maryland Librarian Association for this wonderful honor!

Singapore American School Visit

In January, I had the fabulous experience of spending a week visiting the Singapore American School where Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen won the student-voted Big Splash Award! There, I spoke to 1,800 K-5th¬†graders about Jasmine Toguchi, and I ran¬†writing workshops on character development for 2nd-4th graders. I had a blast! The kindergarteners, with the help… Read more »

Jasmine Toguchi Drummer Girl – Cybils Award Winner

Wowee zowee! I am honored and thrilled that Jasmine Toguchi Drummer Girl is the Cybils Award winner for Early Chapter Books! Many thanks to the Cybils Awards committee members and judges. And thank you to Team Toguchi – illustrator Elizabet Vukovic, editor Grace Kendall, and the marvelous people at Farrar Straus Giroux and Macmillan Kids!… Read more »

New Chapter Book Series!

I’m super excited to share the news that I have a new chapter book series coming out this fall, 2019! My Furry Foster Family (Picture Window Books/Capstone) is about an 8-year-old Japanese American girl named Kaita Takano who fosters pets with her family. There are four books in the series for 1st – 2nd graders…. Read more »

Drummer Girl is a Cybils Finalist!

What a true honor and thrill to learn that Jasmine Toguchi Drummer Girl is a Cybils Award finalist in the Early Chapter Book category! Big thanks to the judges!