Debbi Michiko Florence’s middle grade novel Keep It Together, Keiko Carter is about changing friendships and first crushes (and chocolate). The companion novel Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai will be published August 3, 2021. She is also the author of the Jasmine Toguchi chapter book series. A third-generation Japanese American, Debbi was born and raised in California. She is a former raptor rehabilitator, classroom teacher, and zoo educator, and now writes full-time in Connecticut. She loves passion fruit bubble tea and all chocolate, but favors dark, caramel and maple flavors, and no nuts.