Cynthia Kadohata





Cynthia Kadohata

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born
in Chicago, Illinois, The United States
July 02, 1956

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Cynthia Kadohata is a Japanese American writer known for writing coming of age stories about Asian American women.

She spent her early childhood in the South; both her first adult novel and first children's novel take place in Southern states. Her first adult novel was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Her first children's book, Kira-Kira, won the 2005 Newbery Medal. Her first published short story appeared in The New Yorker in 1986.


Average rating: 3.88 · 25,802 ratings · 3,682 reviews · 10 distinct works · Similar authors
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April 2012, Cynthia Kadohata
" Quick Start SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words? CK: laughter, writing, son, dog, California, tacos, ice cream SS: What is your motto or maxim? CK: Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth. (Gandhi) What Reade..." ...More

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“My sister had taught me to look at the world that way, as a place that glitters, as a place where the calls of the crickets and the crows and the wind are everyday occurrences that also happen to be magic.”
Cynthia Kadohata, Kira-Kira

“It was hard to stay angry when I felt so sad. I would rather have felt angry, but instead, all I could do was sob. Even though people had been coming over all day, the house seemed so lonely that I couldn't stand it.
The room grew somewhat dimmer. I didn't move as it grew dimmer still. Then, with a start, I hurried outside and ran to the alley in back of our house. Through a break between the buildings, I saw that the sun hung low over the horizon. I watched it until it started to hide between two trees in the distance. Then I climbed on a car and watched until only half of the sun was visible, and then a quarter, and then I felt a huge sickening panic inside of me and ran as hard as I could to a ladder I saw down the alley. I rushed up the ladder and climbed on the roof of somebody's garage. I saw the sun again, a quarter of it, and then a slice, and then it disappeared, the last time ever that the sun would set on a day my sister had lived.”
Cynthia Kadohata, Kira-Kira

“I almost never slept deeply anymore--as soon as she said my name, I always sat up immediately, no matter how tired I was.”
Cynthia Kadohata, Kira-Kira

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What book should we read in November?

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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (write-in)
 
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The Water Castle by Megan Blakemore (write-in)
 
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Far far away (write-in)
 
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