The Secret Life of Jenny Liu Book Tour

10 Notes: “The Secret Life of Jenny Liu”

1.Inspiration: A quiet, diverse middle-grade heroine that secretly solves problems.

2.Time to Outline: five months

3.Time to Write: five months

4.Book Events Based on My Experiences:

-I moved frequently as a child.

 -When I lived in southern VA, I took part in a whipped cream party, except that we used pies

-When I lived in the Washington, D.C. area, math races were a stressful part of my day.

 -When I lived in upstate New York, my fifth-grade teachers got married.

5.Favorite Character: Jenny. She is caring, complex, brave, creative and unique.

6.Favorite Character to Write: Ms. Candy. Creating a great teacher who is eccentric was so fun!

7.Favorite Scene: When Aidan helps Nadia clean the classroom walls.

8.Funniest Scene: When Aidan explodes the volcano and covers the classroom in water.

9.Favorite Tag Team: Aidan & Nadia

10.Favorite Ms. Candy Saying: “Madder than pigs on stilts.” It creates such a fantastic visual!

Jean Ramsden’s Ten Favorite Things

1.People: my husband and four children

2.Live Event: firework displays

3.Drink: green tea

4.Song: “Girl From North Country” (Roseanne Cash version)

5.Food: walnuts

6.Quote: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

7.Film: “Annie Hall”

8.Place to Visit: England

9.Book: “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver

10.Flower: Foxglove


Title: The Secret Life of Jenny Liu

Publisher: Jabber & Jam Books


Pages: 262

Genre: Middle Grade/ Juvenile Fiction

Plot Summary:

Jenny Liu is on the move again. Except this time, she hasn’t landed at yet another Chinese-American School in California but at a public school in South Carolina. Shy, artistic Jenny wonders if she will ever figure out how to fit in amongst rowdy fifth graders and eccentric teachers with hard-to-understand southern accents. To make matters worse, the class thinks she is super smart and her piano teacher thinks she is a musical genius. With school activities that test her intelligence and an upcoming piano recital, it’s getting harder for Jenny to do what’s right—to tell the truth—especially since she knows that The Real Jenny Liu would be even more of an outsider. Or would she?

About The Author:

Jean Ramsden is a writer, producer and educational consultant. She graduated from Cornell University and Harvard University, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and four children. Connect: @jean_ramsden

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