BSB: Debbi Michiko Florence (Sweet and Sour) Book Launch

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Bank Square Books presents a book launch event with Debbi Michiko Florence for the new book Sweet and Sour.

Games? Prizes? Treats? I'm in! Join us in celebrating the launch of Debbi Michiko Florence's new book Sweet and Sour. Debbi will be will be in conversation with her dear friend and long-time writing partner, author Jo Knowles.   

On the day of the event, show off your purchased copy of Sweet and Sour to Drawbridge Ice Cream, and get half off an ice cream cone!


sweet and sour book coverAbout the Book

A heartfelt middle-grade novel about ex-best friends, betrayals, and revenge that is best served sour.

Revenge is sweet!

For as long as she can remember, Mai Hirano has spent every summer in Mystic, Connecticut visiting family friends. And hanging out with her best-friend-since-birth, Zach Koyama, was always the best part.

Then two summers ago everything changed. Zach humiliated Mai, proving he wasn’t a friend at all. So when Zach’s family moved to Japan, Mai felt relieved. No more summers together. No more heartache.

But this year, the Koyamas have returned and the family vacation is back on. And if Mai has to spend the summer around Zach, the least she can do is wipe away the memory of his betrayal…by coming up with the perfect plan for revenge!

Only Zach isn’t the boy he used to be, and Mai’s memories of their last fateful summer aren’t the whole truth of what happened between them. But how can she forgive Zach for a betrayal she’ll never forget?

About the Author

Debbi Michiko Florence is the author of middle-grade novels Keep It Together, Keiko Carter, a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and New England Book Award finalist and Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai, starred review from Kirkus, Amazon Best Books, and a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. Her upcoming novels are Sweet and Sour (9/6/22) and This Is How I Roll (2023). She is also the author of three chapter book series including Jasmine Toguchi (JLG selections, the Amelia Bloomer and CCBC Choices lists, and a Cybils Award winner) and co-authored a picture book biography, Niki Nakayama: A Chef’s Tale in 13 Bites which received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist.

A former classroom teacher, Debbi has spoken on panels at conferences and book festivals, taught writing workshops for children and adults, and loves doing author visits at schools and libraries. She is on the faculty of The Highlights Foundation.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Debbi was a raptor rehabilitator, outdoor educator, and zoo educator. A third-generation Japanese American, born and raised in California, Debbi now lives in Connecticut with her husband, rescue dog, and bunny where she writes in her studio, The Word Nest. She enjoys running and hiking, and loves to travel with her husband and daughter. Her favorite foods are sushi, ramen, and chocolate.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781338671599
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Preorder Now
Published: Scholastic Press - September 6th, 2022

A heartfelt middle-grade novel about ex-best friends, betrayals, and revenge that is best served sour.

Revenge is sweet!

For as long as she can remember, Mai has spent every summer in Mystic, Connecticut visiting family friends.


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Jasmine Toguchi, Brave Explorer Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780374389321
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 27th, 2022

With more than 130,000 copies sold, this award-winning chapter-book series starring a spunky Japanese American heroine returns with four new standalone books set on a family vacation in Japan!


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This Is How I Roll: A Wish Novel Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338785562
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Preorder Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - January 3rd, 2023

Let the good times roll with this rom-com about sushi rolls, secret crushes, and chasing your dreams!

Susannah Mikami dreams of becoming a famous sushi chef like her dad. And this summer, she plans to learn everything about his traditional kitchen. Only he refuses to teach her, and won’t tell her why.


Saturday, September 10, 2022 - 3:00pm
Bank Square Books
53 West Main Street
Mystic, CT 06355