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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Cynthea Liu  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD C:YA Fiction Non-Fiction



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.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''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