Author Cynthea Liu

Latest Book: Paris Pan Takes the Dare (G.P. Putnam’s Son’s)

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From J, 11-year-old
From J, 11-year-old

“I got my copy of Paris Pan last night and started reading it to my daughter. We’re going to do one chapter a night as our bedtime reading. It’s really easy to read out loud, too. We’re enjoying it!” – Charity Tahmaseb, Parent

“Oh, I loved it! I finished it in one sitting tonight! Paris is a hoot!” – Kathleen, Bookseller

“I loved it too! I’m really looking forward to you visiting our school! I know the kids will really enjoy it!” – Courtney, Teacher

“Read it in less than a day, loved it! Grab a copy and take the dare!” – Catherine, Writer

“Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the book. I stayed up past my bedtime last night reading and then finished it over breakfast this morning, making myself late for work!” – Roxanne, Writer

Paris Pan Takes the Dare
Paris Pan Takes the Dare


So what if it’s a rite of passage for every seventh grade girl in town to spend a night in the woods? Paris Pan only just moved here, the woods are super creepy, 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 . . . .

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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.


In THE GREAT CALL OF CHINA (ages 12+) for Speak’s S.A.S.S (Students Across the Seven Seas) series, Cece Charles is a sixteen-year-old adopted Chinese girl living in the States. With a passion for anthropology, Cece travels to China to study abroad, have a little fun, and most of all, connect with her past. In THE GREAT CALL, Cynthea explores cultural identity from the viewpoint of an adopted teen.

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is Cynthea’s answer to finding out everything a writer needs to know about writing for children and teens in a simple, step-by-step guide. Within each step, writers will find clear and specific information covering topics such as the children’s book market, manuscript format, revision tips, finding the right agent or publisher, submission etiquette, and common faux pas to avoid. Bonus materials include templates for all of one’s submission needs as well as examples of real-life editorial letters sent to authors from editors today.

Her novel for teens THE GREAT CALL OF CHINA for Penguin’s S.A.S.S. series is out now, and her middle-grade novel PARIS PAN TAKES THE DARE with G.P. Putnam’s Sons is coming in June 2009. A third novel is set to be released in 2011.

Cynthea Liu has also authored  WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS: A CRASH COURSE (how to write, revise, and publish your kid’s or teen book with children’s book publishers) is now available in paperback. (ISBN: 9781605301143 LCCN: 2007942880).

She is a contributor to THE NEW WRITER’S HANDBOOK, Volume 2, A Practical Anthology of Best Advice for Your Craft and Career, edited by Philip Martin. And she is also a featured children’s writing expert on, an amazing resource for work-at-home moms.

To learn more about the cuh-razy things Cynthea does in her spare time, you may visit her Livejournal blog, twitter, or Facebook page.

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