Telling the Stories of Strong Girls, an Author Panel

Read It Again Bookstore is super excited to welcome authors: Debbi Michiko Florence, Wai Chim and Christina Soontornvat to our Telling the Stories of Strong Girls Author Panel!! Join us August 27th at 7pm, when we talk to these fabulous authors about their young adult/ middle grade books and the importance of empowering young readers with strong female characters.  

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Debbi Michiko Florence-

Debbi Michiko Florence is the author of Keep It Together, Keiko Carter, a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and New England Book Award finalist, and the Jasmine Toguchi chapter books. A third-generation Japanese American and native Californian, Debbi lives in Connecticut with her husband, rescue dog, rabbit, and duck. Visit her online at

Wai Chim-

Wai Chim is a first-generation Chinese-American from New York City. Growing up speaking Cantonese around the house, she absorbed as much Western culture as she could through books, TV, and school. She spent some time living in Japan before making Sydney, Australia, her permanent home. In addition to her writing, Wai works as a digital producer/web developer for The Starlight Children's Foundation, whose programs offer entertainment, education, and technology to critically, chronically, and terminally ill children. Learn more about her at

Christina Soontornvat-

Christina Soontornvat is the award-winning author of over a dozen books for children of all ages. Her picture books include The Ramble Shamble Children, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Lauren Castillo, and Simon at the Art Museum, illustrated by Christine Davenier. She is the author of the beloved Diary of an Ice Princess chapter book series. Her recent works include the middle grade fantasy, A Wish in the Dark, which was named a 2021 Newbery Honor Book, and was chosen as Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post and School Library Journal, and All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team, which has received numerous nonfiction awards and was also named a 2021 Newbery Honor Book.

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Friday, August 27, 2021 - 7:00pm

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Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338671568
Availability: Available online. Call store for local availability.
Published: Scholastic Press - August 3rd, 2021

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ISBN: 9781338656114
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - November 10th, 2020

A Wish in the Dark Cover Image
ISBN: 9781536204940
Availability: Available online. Call store for local availability.
Published: Candlewick - March 24th, 2020