Cynthea Liu

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General Information

Name: Cynthea Liu

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction



Email: Liu can be reached through the "Contact" page of her website.

Illinois Connection

Liu lives and works in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cynthea Liu spent her formative years in Oklahoma and Texas where she was a Whiz Quiz member, an Academic Decathloner, and a spelling bee champion. After attending college on the East Coast, she worked in a corporate position until becoming a full-time childrens author.

Along with the books she has written, Liu has also been involved in the creation of an anthology and a contributor to the second volume of the The New Writer's Handbook and A Practical Anthology of Best Advice for Your Craft and Career.

Liu was the inspiration behind the creation of the anthology, I Took the Dare: 1 Book. 1 Social Experiment. 18 Young Writers. The 2nd - 7th grade writers took Liu's dare to better themselves for seven days and write about it. The stories give readers a glimpse into tween minds as they struggle with issues like sibling rivalry, self-esteem, bullying, friendship, etc.

Published Works

  • Writing for Children and Teens: A Crash Course, Pivotal Publishine, 2008
  • Paris Pan Takes the Dare, Putnam Juvinile, 2009
  • Great Call of China, Speak, 2009
  • Wooby & Peep: A Story of Unlikely Friendship, Sterling Children's Books, 2013
  • Bike On, Bear!, Aladdin, 2015

Titles at Your Library

Paris Pan Takes the Dare

ISBN: 0399250433
Release Date: 2009-06-11

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Great Call of China (S.A.S.S.)

ISBN: 0142411345
Release Date: 2009-02-19

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Wooby & Peep: A Story of Unlikely Friendship

ISBN: 1402796447
Release Date: 2013-02-05

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Bike On, Bear!

ISBN: 1481405063
Release Date: 2015-06-02

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Literary Awards

Paris Pan Takes the Dare

  • Scholastic Book Clubs selection
  • Oklahoma Book Award Finalist
  • APALA Book List selection
  • Accelerated Reader program Book
  • Scholastic Reading Counts Book

The Great Call of China

  • NoveList Best Title
  • Grab-and-Go Title
  • APALA Book List selection

Bike On, Bear

  • 2016 ILLINOIS READS Book

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Go to Liu's website for a list of her topics and to find out about her availability.

She is represented by the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

External Links

Cynthea Liu on WorldCat


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