A third-generation Japanese American, Debbi Michiko Florence is the author of more than 25 books for children and tweens. Her books have received starred reviews, JLG Selections, and inclusion on lists such as Amazon Best Books and the Chicago Public Library Best of the Best. Her middle grade novels include Sweet and Sour and Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai. She is also the author of the award-winning Jasmine Toguchi chapter book series. She has a debut MG series, Last Chance Academy, coming in 2025 with Aladdin. A native Californian, Debbi now lives in Connecticut. Visit her online at debbimichikoflorence.com.