Hey Look, It’s LISA YEE ...



Lisa Yee was born and raised near Los Angeles. As a kid, she loved reading, opening brand new boxes of cereal (to get the prize), and riding the teacups at Disneyland.

Lisa attended Brightwood Elementary School in Monterey Park, California where she once won an award for best decorated cake. However, Lisa cut the ribbon in half because her friend Linda had also worked on the cake, and they had agreed to split any prize they might win.

While at Alhambra High School, Lisa was on the debate team and president of the honor society. On occasion, she would ditch class and sneak off to the library. (Okay, so she never quite figured out the juvenile delinquent thing.) At the University of Southern California, she majored in English and Humanities, and she also took a bowling class.

Lisa has been an inventor, a hand model (once), and worked for a creative think tank. At Walt Disney World Lisa was a writer/producer and one time, when she was the only short person around, she got to be Mickey Mouse.

As co-owner and creative director of Magic Pencil Studios, a strategic creative company, she's written and directed creative projects for Fortune 500 clients, led creativity seminars for dairy farmers (moo), and been featured in the Wall Street Journal for her obsessive workaholic behavior. (She is now practically, totally cured of this.)

Lisa's been part of the Official Olympic Committee Torch Run Caravan (until the police requested that she leave), and she's been paid to eat chocolate. But what she likes doing most is writing. Her writing assignments have included labels for cans of refried beans and a speech for the President of the United States (The President's speechwriters rewrote the speech but they did include Lisa's immortal words, "Hello, Joan and Ben.")

Lisa has also penned her own newspaper column, written TV and radio commercials, Red Lobster menus and jingles for waffles. Plus, she came up with the slogan, “Pass the Old El Paso.”

Lisa lives with her husband, two kids and Labradoole in South Pasadena, California. In her spare time, she likes to read, make things out of junk, and consider taking a nap. Her HUGE collection of Winnie the-Poohs is on loan to the White River (Ontario) Winnie-the-Pooh Museum.

Lisa talks about summer reading


Awards and Accolades

for Lisa and her books include . . .

Publishers Weekly Flying Start

Sid Fleischman Humor Award

Thurber House Children’s Writer-in-Residence

ALA (American Library Association) Notable Book

USA Today Critics’ Pick

NPR Best Summer Read

Chinese American Librarians Asso -  Best Book of the Year

Family Choice Award

Junior Library Guild Selection

ALA Great Middle School Read

Sports Illustrated Kids Hot Summer Read

Children’s Choice/International Reading Asso Book

Washington Post Book of the Week

Bank Street College of Education -Best Book of the Year

Numerous state best book nominations