It is an absolute thrill to be able to share with you all the cover of Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai, the companion novel to Keep It Together, Keiko Carter. For those of you who have read Keiko Carter, you know that she’s a bit of a people pleaser, so it was a fun change of pace to write a story about Jenna who is a confident straight-shooter. This book is full of family drama and crushes, independent girls, and of course friendships. Jenna’s motto is “heartbreak is for suckers” and though she’s dealing with her parents’ divorce, her dad moving out of state, and her first boyfriend dumping her, she’s an expert at avoiding her feelings. When a cute but annoying guy shows up in her booth at her favorite diner, Jenna is determined to ignore him, but will she succeed? This is a story about learning to let people in and be vulnerable. Oh and while Keiko Carter readers craved chocolate and boba tea, this time get ready to crave milkshakes and Japanese curry!
I love this cover SO much! Thank you to the talented team at Scholastic and to cover designer extraordinaire Stephanie Yang. Thank you also to photographer Michael Frost and to the cover model Zoe Manarel who is truly a perfect Jenna. I hope you love this cover as much as I do!
Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai by Debbi Michiko Florence
Scholastic Press/August 3, 2021
Stay tuned ARC giveaways and pre-order campaign information. It would be wonderful if you could go to GoodReads and mark this book as “want to read.”
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 up with her eating M&Ms so what better way to end the week of celebration – with M&Ms! But not just any M&Ms, custom Keiko Carter M&Ms!
M&Ms in pink, blue, purple inscribed with Keiko, Jenna, Audrey, and a heart!
What’s the special prize along with a signed copy of Keep It Together, Keiko Carter? This baggie of custom M&Ms with a special edition hologram sticker of the cover:
What do you have to do to win? Guess the number of M&Ms in this jar:
Find my post on Twitter or Instagram and comment with your guess. The person with the correct number wins! If more than one person guesses the correct number, I will randomly draw a winner from the correct guesses. If no one guesses the correct number, I will gather the guesses closest to the correct number and randomly draw a winner on Saturday, May 9 in the morning EDT. US mailing addresses only! Good luck!
Thank you again for making my launch week feel like a party!
EDITED TO ADD: Congratulations to FMMS Library for winning with the closest guess of 164! (Correct answer was 165.) And thank you again to everyone for helping me celebrate!
May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and in honor of it, today I’m sharing some blurbs for Keep It Together, Keiko Carter from the amazing AAPI community. I’m also giving away a signed copy of my book – all you have to do is comment on my Twitter or IG post and a winner will be drawn at random across all my social media platforms tomorrow morning (5/8/) EDT. US mailing address only, one entry per person, and new winner only. Thank you for playing!
Thank you for all the book love and support and for making my launch week feel like a party!
EDITED TO ADD: Congratulations to Kristin P for winning!
Thank you all for a wonderful book birthday celebration yesterday! I’m overjoyed to know that Keep It Together, Keiko Carteris now in the hands of readers!
The winner from yesterday’s Chocolate Challenge drawing is Karen L. Congratulations!
Today we’re sharing silly dog tricks. Keiko Carter loves dogs and so do I! So, today, I’m asking you to post/share your dog’s (or any pet’s) silly trick. Make sure you tag me and use #KeikoCarter in your post. You can find me on Twitter and Instagram.
Here is my dog Kiku. When we take her for walks along the river, we toss her poop bags on the opposite side of the road to pick up on the way back. We have trained her to alert/point out her bags so we don’t accidentally forget to pick them up.
Your turn! To be entered in the drawing to win a signed copy of Keep It Together, Keiko Carter, be sure to post on Twitter or IG, tag me, and use the #KeikoCarter and Silly Dog Tricks. US mailing addresses only. Winner will be drawn at random and announced on 5/7 in the AM EDT. Thank you and good luck!
EDITED TO ADD: Congratulations to Emily F for winning!
Joining me to celebrate my book birthday are friends and authors Christina Soontornvat and Supriya Kelkar – and they have agreed to compete in a chocolate quiz. Who wins? You’ll have to watch the video to find out!
You can be entered in a drawing to win a personalized signed copy of Keep It Together, Keiko Carter. Please comment on Twitter or Instagram for one entry. US mailing address only. Winner announced on Wednesday morning EST, May 6. (I always love hearing from you, but comments here will not count toward the drawing.)
Thank you for helping me celebrate!
EDITED TO ADD: Congratulations to Karen L for winning!
Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered Keep It Together, Keiko Carter, and thank you to awesome independent bookstore Bank Square Books for running the campaign. And now, the winner of the grand prize….
WooooHOOO! Congratulations! Your prize will be mailed to you very soon! (Separately from your book.)
If you missed the pre-order campaign, but still want a personalized signed copy of the book, you can still purchase copies from Bank Square Books. Just put the name of whom you want to book signed in the Comments when you check out. Thank you!
Keep It Together, Keiko Carter, my middle grade debut novel, will be celebrating a book birthday on May 5! After years of writing, revising, submitting, collecting rejections, writing, and revising, this story of my heart will be a real book with readers and I’m so excited to celebrate!
Below is the schedule for the launch party week of fun where you can enter to win signed copies of my book. Follow me on Twitter or Instagram to enter. I’ll post links here, daily.
May 5: The drawing of the winner from my pre-order campaign with Bank Square Books. The winner will receive a grand prize package of amazing items from the cover/book including Keiko’s backpack with enamel pins and plush keychain.
May 5: Chocolate Quiz video – Joining me to celebrate my book birthday, authors Christina Soontornvat and Supriya Kelkar take a chocolate quiz. See who wins! Comment with your favorite chocolate and be entered in a drawing for my book.
May 6: Silly Dog Tricks – Keiko Carter loves dogs! Post a pic or a video of your dog’s (or any pet’s) silly trick to be entered in a drawing for my book.
May 7: AAPI blurbs – May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I’ll be posting blurbs from the AAPI community. Retweet/like to be entered in a drawing for my book.
May 8: Guess the M&Ms – Guess the number of M&Ms in a container to be entered in a drawing for my book and a special package of custom M&Ms.
US mailing addresses only. Each contest will run till the following morning EST.