BSB: Debbi Michiko Florence (Jasmine Toguchi) Book Release Party

Bank Square Books presents a book release party featuring local author Debbi Michiko Florence to celebrate her brand new Jasmine Toguchi books: Jasmine Toguchi: Mochi Queen, and Jasmine Toguchi: Super Sleuth. This event will be held upstairs at Bank Square Books at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 15. Join us for crafts, mochi and cookies, plus a reading and book signing with the author! 

About the Author

Debbi Michiko Florence is a third generation Japanese American, and many of her ideas for the Jasmine Toguchi series come from family experiences. Debbi lives in Mystic with her husband, a bunny, a puppy, and two ducks. She is also the author of two nonfiction books for kids and an early reader chapter book series Dorothy & TotoJasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen and Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth is her fiction debut.

About the Books

The first book in a new chapter book series featuring a spunky Japanese-American heroine!

Eight-year-old Jasmine Toguchi is a flamingo fan, tree climber, and top-notch mess-maker!

She's also tired of her big sister, Sophie, always getting to do things first. For once, Jasmine wishes SHE could do something before Sophiesomething special, something different. The New Year approaches, and as the Toguchi family gathers in Los Angeles to celebrate, Jasmine is jealous that her sister gets to help roll mochi balls by hand with the women. Her mom says that Jasmine is still too young to join in, so she hatches a plan to help the men pound the mochi rice instead. Surely her sister has never done THAT before.

But pounding mochi is traditionally reserved for boys. And the mochi hammer is heavier than it looks. Can Jasmine build her case and her mochi-making muscles in time for New Year's Day?

The second heartfelt story of friendship and sisterhood in this charming new chapter book series, starring a Japanese-American girl!

It's a big weekend for Jasmine Toguchi! She's excited to celebrate Girl's Daya Japanese holiday honoring women and girlswith her sister, mother, and best friend, Linnie. On Friday after school, Linnie comes over to plan their outfits for the Girl's Day celebrations. And Jasmine's neighbor, Mrs. Reese, lets them search through her old clothes for the perfect accessories. But the clothes are in her dark garage, which is kind of scary. And Linnie decides to go home early, which is kind of weird. And Jasmine's big sister, Sophie, doesn't seem to want to join in the Girl's Day fun this year, which is kind of confusing. WHAT is going on?

As her big weekend plans start to unravel, Jasmine must use her sleuthing skills to spot the clues around herand within herself. Then maybe, just maybe, she can put everything back in order before Girl's Day is over!

Event date: 
Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 1:00pm
Event address: 
Bank Square Books
53 W Main St.
Mystic, CT 06355
Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780374304133
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - July 11th, 2017

The second heartfelt story of friendship and sisterhood in this charming new chapter book series, starring a Japanese-American girl


Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780374304102
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - July 11th, 2017

A Junior Library Guild Fall 2017 Selection
One of Amazon's Best Children's Books of 2017

The first book in a new chapter book series featuring a spunky Japanese-American heroine

Eight-year-old Jasmine Toguchi is a flamingo fan, tree climber, and top-notch mess-maker