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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Cynthea Liu  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;


-- Cynthea Liu on WorldCat --

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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Writing for Children and Teens: A Crash Course (How to Write, Revise, and Publish a Kid's or Teen Book with Children's Book Publishers)
ISBN: 1605301140

Pivotal Publishing. 2008

Amazon 2018 Top Ten Title in Writing Reference Children's Literature
Nowhere will you find a more comprehensive, current, and detailed writing reference guide designed specifically for writing children's and young adult books, written by a bestselling, award-winning children's book author who is in the field today. WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS: A CRASH COURSE is a ten-step course that relays all the nitty-gritty, specific details of the business, beginning with how to evaluate your book idea or concept all the way to pitching your children's or teen book to publishers, editors, and literary agents. Within each step, you'll find clear and specific information covering topics such as the children's book market, manuscript format, revision tips, finding the right literary agent or publisher, professional submission etiquette, and common faux pas to avoid. This book will even tell you what kind of paper you should use and exactly how you should write your letters to editors and agents. Email queries are also addressed from Dear X to an appropriate sign-off.

Bonus materials include templates for all of your submission needs as well as examples of real-life editorial letters sent to authors from editors today. You will get a complete inside peek to the children's fiction writing market for those who want to write picture books, easy readers, chapter books, and middle grade or teen novels.

Paris Pan Takes the Dare
ISBN: 0399250433

Putnam Juvenile. 2009

So what if it?s a rite of passage for every seventhgrade girl in town to spend a night in the woods? Paris Pan only just moved here, the woods are supercreepy, and she has enough weirdness to deal with in her own family. Finding out a girl died mysteriously years ago while on the Dare?right near Paris?s new house, no less?is bad enough, but the unmistakably ghostlike noises coming out of the broken-down shed at the edge of the Pan?s property? Definite deal breaker.

All Paris wants is to make friends, try to fit in, and not have to deal with a dead girl. But everyone has to take the Dare, and the new girl?s turn is up. . . .

Great Call of China (S.A.S.S.)
ISBN: 0142411345

Speak. 2009

Chinese-born Cece was adopted when she was two years old by her American parents. Living in Texas, she's bored of her ho-hum high school and dull job. So when she learns about the S.A.S.S. program to Xi'an, China, she jumps at the chance. She'll be able to learn about her passion - anthropology - and it will give her the opportunity to explore her roots. But when she arrives, she receives quite a culture shock. And the closer she comes to finding out about her birth parents, the more apprehensive she gets. Enter Will, the cute guy she first meets on the plane. He and Cece really connect during the program. But can he help her get accustomed to a culture she should already know about, or will she leave China without the answers she's been looking for?

Wooby & Peep: A Story of Unlikely Friendship
ISBN: 1402796447

Sterling Children's Books. 2013

Opposites attract and become fast friends in this quirky, funny picture book.

Wooby lives in a nice, quiet neighborhood where everyone minds his own business. And he likes it that way. Then noisy, energetic Peep moves next door with her banging and smashing and crashing. She even gives a “wild” PARTY! At first, shy Wooby is beside himself—until he realizes that he and Peep have more in common than he ever imagined. Hilarious comic-book panels throughout add fun and joy to this unique story.

Bike On, Bear!
ISBN: 1481405063

Aladdin. 2015

Bear can do everything—except ride a bike. Discover how he overcomes his two-wheeled challenge in this irresistibly adorable picture book!

Bear can do almost anything. His one-paw pawstand is perfection. He can solve the trickiest of equations. He can even out-build a brigade of beavers. But the one thing Bear can’t do? Ride a bike.

Bear tries everything to help him learn: library books, training wheels and super-cheers from his fellow animal friends. But all of those fail to get poor Bear on two wheels.The situation is looking unbearable—but an unexpected mishap might be just the thing that propels Bear to bike on!


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

    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.