Cynthea Liu

Cynthea Liu

Cynthea Liu's latest titles include Disney's TURNING RED junior novel and Marvel's junior novel SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. She has also penned THE DARE (originally published by Penguin Random as PARIS PAN TAKES THE DARE), a humorous mystery novel for grades 4-7, which was an Oklahoma Book Award Winner and an APALA Selection. THE GREAT CALL OF CHINA (grades 7-12) is part of Speak’s bestselling S.A.S.S. series. For the younger set, Cynthea's picture book BIKE ON, BEAR! (Simon & Schuster) is an Illinois Reads title and Oklahoma Book Award winner. Her picture book WOOBY AND PEEP (ages 4-8) was a Barnes & Noble Summer selection. Cynthea's books for Disney include THE PANDA IN YOU based on the TURNING RED film, TURNING RED, an adaptation for Little Golden Books, GUS LOVES CINDERELLA (Disney/Random House), FLOUNDER LOVES ARIEL (Disney/Random House), MULAN'S PERFECT PRESENT, and DISNEY PRINCESS STORYBOOK COLLECTION (Disney Book Group). She has also ghostwritten a bestselling chapter book for Disney/Random House. Based in Illinois, Cynthea has spoken to a number of schools in the state and across the country. She has also been a guest speaker for national conferences organized by the American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, Association for Library Services to Children, and the Young Adult Library Services Association, among others. In addition, Cynthea has had the opportunity to speak locally and regionally for the Illinois School Media Library Association, the Illinois Reading Council, the Illinois State Board of Education, and the Chicago Teacher-Librarians Association. Cynthea is a frequent guest author for local family literacy nights and young author conferences. She is also a writing coach and faculty member for conferences associated with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and local universities and colleges. She has been featured on ABC’s Chicago 7 and the Chicago Sun Times. 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. (Yes, she was very popular.) After attending college on the East coast, she worked at a corporate job where she mastered PowerPoint and racked up thousands of frequent flyer miles. Eventually, she traded in her suit for sweats to do the fun stuff–writing for children. To learn more about Cynthea and her books, please visit her author website at
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