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Dane Liu

Dane Liu was born in China and spent her teenage years in the US and Canada. She received a BA from the University of Toronto and her MS in Journalism from Columbia University. A journalist and fiction writer, Liu now lives in Portland, Oregon. The publisher of her debut children’s book, Friends Are Friends, Forever, describes it as “[a] picture book based on the author’s own immigration story, the infinite impact of friendship, and passing on love and kindness around the world.”

Fiction (Juvenile, Picture book)

Friends Are Friends, Forever

Illustrated by Lynn Surfield.
Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, 2022.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

On a snowy Lunar New Year’s Eve in Northeastern China, it’s Dandan’s last night with Yueyue. Tomorrow, she moves to America. The two best friends have a favorite wintertime tradition: crafting paper-cut snowflakes, freezing them outside, and hanging them as ornaments.

As they say goodbye, Yueyue presses red paper and a spool of thread into Dandan’s hands so that she can carry on their tradition. But in her new home, Dandan has no one to enjoy the gift with—until a friend comes along.

Awards and Honours

2021 Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
2023 Blue Spruce Award (Honour Book #2)


Dane Liu personal website

Publisher Macmillan, owner of the Henry Holt Books for Young Readers imprint