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Cilla Lee-Jenkins: This Book Is a Classic

(Cilla Lee-Jenkins #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  35 reviews
In the second middle-grade novel starring exuberant third grader Cilla Lee-Jenkins, the future bestselling author writes a Classic.

"Anyone who spends time with Cilla Lee-Jenkins will look forward to reading her in the future." --Booklist, starred review, on Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

Priscilla "Cilla" Lee-Jenkins has just finished her (future) bestselli
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Square Fish (first published March 27th 2018)
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Izzy Smith
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED it!!!!!!!
Susan Tan has done a great job on this second book of the series.
What I love about Cilla is that she seems real, she suffers the things that people might suffer through life. The illustrations are amazing too!
I can't wait to read the next book!
Jen Petro-Roy
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, childrens
I just love Cilla.
I'm a 3.5 for this book because I found the protagonist so refreshingly genuine in her earnest attempts to please all members of her family and because of her very real insecurities. Third graders Priscilla (Cilla) Lee-Jenkins has recently written her first book, and now she is determined to write another one, having learned about what makes a book a Classic. Although there aren't a lot of references to this idea throughout the rest of the book, it makes itself heard every once in a while, and e ...more
Deana Metzke
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-read-alouds
This book is the second in a series about a 3rd grade girl named Cilla. She's energetic, loves to write, and loves her family and friends. She's trying to deal with her younger toddler sister, her favorite aunt who is getting married, and potentially losing her best friend. All this while also trying to make sure that the two sides of her family continue to get along, and that she honors her Chinese heritage.

This book would be a great read aloud in 2nd-4th grade classrooms, and can also be a mi
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
It's hard to follow up a successful debut but somehow I loved this book even more. It takes the foundation from the first book and really grows with Cilla, Gwendolyn, her friends, and her family members. I wish books this diverse existed when I was a kid.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Cilla and how she navigates her friends and family. Here, in her classic story, she talks about traditions and her family life (including the upcoming marriage of her beloved aunt). And, she and her best friend Colleen, learn more about being best friends and still having other interests and friends. And most of all, there is cake as a unifier!
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it was better than the first one. The chopstick part irritated me and i find it hard to believe that a girl who reads so much gets hung up on idioms and expressions; no one has ever told me that i took them literally as an 8 yr old.

In any case, very cute!
Lisa Lewis
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cilla Lee-Jenkins: This Book is a Classic by Susan Tan is the second in a delightful series. I have not read the first one, Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Author Extraordinaire, but it is now on my list of books to purchase for my classroom.
Cilla is such an amazing third grader with high ambitions. I love her spunk, her tenacity, and her explanations of words such as "themes", "traditions", and "classics". She tells her story in the best way possible, all while worrying about her upcoming duty as flower gir
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Yay for more Cilla books! One of my favorite narrators of all time.
Emily M
Wow, this was really a let-down. Sarah MacKenzie raved about this series in her latest Read-Aloud Family book, and I was prepared to be charmed. Instead, I was turned off by the end of the first chapter. How great to have a book featuring a biracial heroine figuring out her identity, but the weak writing takes away from the great subject matter. I do think it's a good idea to portray silly/hurtful/weird run-ins with racial stereotypes in children's lit, because it's great fodder for discussion w ...more
The big girls and I were really, really looking forward to reading this sequel. Cilla is a delightful character. In this book her baby sister has arrived and Cilla is trying to navigate what it means to be a Chinese American. She's still working on writing a book - she's trying to write a Classic this time. Throughout the book she discusses literary devices she is using - which is a fun little side addition. Cilla's aunt is getting married and Cilla is the flower girl. There is a fun look at all ...more
Ms Threlkeld
"...I wondered why everything had to be so complicated when it comes to families." The observant, insightful and endearing Cilla Lee-Jenkins is back, and this time she is exploring the Drama and Traditions of families, as well as what it means to have and be a best friend. Cilla's aunt is getting married and there is a ton of work to do, which Cilla mostly loves because it involves beautiful dresses, banquets and, best of all, CAKE. Her sister is crawling now, which keeps everyone on their toes, ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kelvin Davis
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a really enjoyable book, especially for a book series that I never even heard of before I started reading this. In fact, when I picked this up, I didn't even know that this was a sequel to a previous book (but that's not a problem when reading this book). My favorite thing about this book is Cilla's narration; it felt like I was reading someone's blog, and I love how humorous and exaggerated it is. It's also interesting to read about how Cilla deals with the fact that she's pa ...more
*I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher through my district library services *

This is a step above a beginning chapter book, accessible without being babyish. The protagonist is in 3rd grade but I think older kids will enjoy the story, too, so this could be a good choice for older emerging readers. Cilla is a good kid and a likable narrator. Readers will identify with her connections to her family and her uncertainties about knowing the right thing to do when faced with ne
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
I adored book one- Cilla is such a MARVELOUS character (reminds me of Anastasia Krupnik in many ways!), and all secondary characters are fantastic and well-drawn. Book two is a more than solid follow-up to the excellent first book. In this entry, readers get a close look at how Cilla is pretty amazing big sister to Gwendolyn- their relationship is so lovely and genuine. There is also: a big family wedding that Cilla gets to participate in; a look inside another close family relationship Cilla ha ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful, funny, and heartwarming second Cilla adventure! Susan Tan perfectly captures her great character's voice in this "classic" sequel! Young readers will relate to Cilla's earnestness and zest for life as she navigates her way through new friendships, family relationships, and her cultural identity. (And parents/teachers reading this book as a read-a-loud will definitely appreciate some of the good-natured nudges and winks in the humor!) A fabulous read.
Rory and I enjoyed book #2 in this series very much as Cilla learns how to be a good friend and participates in her Auntie Eva's wedding. So happy that this "mirror" book is out there for Rory! If you like Clementine, Junie B. Jones, Ivy and Bean, add this one to your collection.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cilla is a very funny character, and I like seeing her progress. She gets through things that many kids worry about, and she is really funny to someone that isn't fairly little. It is very enjoyable, and I think many parents would like it.
Gail Lynch
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cilla is a budding author who tells her own story. As she deals with friendship and family, she discovers herself. The themes of the book are ones that are important to our own children. I won my copy from Goodreads and donated to my school's library.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second book, just as good as the first! Think Junie B. Jones only with better "Precision of Language" and a bit more thoughtful and mature! Cilla is such a relatable character that kids will love her!
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just love this spunky character. She funny and sensitive at the same time. And her thought process is hilarious. A must read for all middle grade girls and boys!

Looking forward to Cilla Lee-Jenkins' next fun/drama-filled adventure!
Susan Morris
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I love the Cilla stories! She is smart & lovable. These would make a great class read aloud. (Library)
Erica Flory
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love learning about her culture and traditions
Cilla is still struggling a bit with her multi ethic family, but also worrying about changing friendships and being a good bit sister, and other issues of third-graders. Relatable and warm.
Mrs. Krajewski
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We loved the next Cilla adventure! Can’t wait for book 3!
Debbie Tanner
Super cute story about Cilla, a Chinese-American girl who is trying to find her very exuberant and exciting path.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please see my review on under C. Wong. Thank you.
It's a very good book!
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