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The child of two public school teachers, Lisa Yee is a third-generation Chinese American. Born and raised in Los Angeles, her groundbreaking book, Millicent Min, Girl Genius, features one of the first Asian American protagonists in contemporary children's literature. Since then Lisa's had over twenty one more books published! In addition to YA novels, her books for younger readers include the Bobby Ellis-Chan series, illustrated by Caldecott medalist Dan Santat, and popular DC Super Hero Girls middle grade novel series.
Lisa's most recent novel, the critically acclaimed Maizy Chen’s Last Chance is a Newbery Honor book, National Book Award Finalists, and the winner of the Asian Pacific American Children's Literature Award. It features a Chinese American girl who's been kept in the dark about her family history. When Maizy shines a light on it, she's shocked by what she finds. Packed with surprises, heart, and stories within stories, this irresistible novel celebrates food, fortune, and family.
Even though she's had lots of interesting careers, Lisa says that being an author is the best job in the world. She divides her time between Western Massachusetts and Los Angeles, especially when it's cold.
Visit Lisa at www.lisayee.com.
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Lisa Yee is the author of a Maizy Chen's Last Chance, which is a Newbery Honor book, National Book Award Finalist, and winner of the Asian Pacific American Children's Literature Award. She is also the author of over 21 books for young people, including the groundbreaking Millicent Min, Girl Genius; Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time; and the DC Super Hero Girls novel series. Lisa is a frequent contributor to NPR's Books We Love. A third-generation Chinese American, she divides her time between Western Massachusetts and Los Angeles -- but you can always find her at www.LisaYee.com.