This author won me over with her transitional reader when I did Middle Grade March last year. I'm still not over it.
Lenore Look has created several novels for young readers: the Alvin Ho series (which is my absolute favorite!), the Ruby Lu series, and several picture books.
Look makes school appearances regularly. She encourages young readers to pursue dream of writing and follow her process at her "glob" (or blog). She even answers questions posed to her on the Q & A page! Look also maintains contact with schools on her Twitter.
Look grew up in Seattle, and now resides in New Jersey. She credits Alvin Ho with making her a Red Sox fan and gatherer of trivia about Fenway Park. Look's first book was published in 1999. Her books tend to reflect her own experience of growing up as a Chinese-American in America and draw on her experience as an American visiting China. Her characters struggle with their own identity and connecting to family. All of her characters are well-developed possessing hobbies and interests outside of the most immediate narrative.
Check out Lenore Look's books for amusing and touching stories.