Cynthia Kadohata


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.

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Kira-Kira

3.92 avg rating — 21,530 ratings — published 2004 — 31 editions
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Cracker!: The Best Dog in V...

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The Thing About Luck

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Weedflower

3.89 avg rating — 3,849 ratings — published 2006 — 18 editions
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Half a World Away

3.81 avg rating — 1,585 ratings — published 2014
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Outside Beauty

3.56 avg rating — 1,206 ratings — published 2008
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A Million Shades of Gray

3.61 avg rating — 1,067 ratings — published 2009
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The Floating World

3.43 avg rating — 155 ratings — published 1989 — 6 editions
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In the Heart of the Valley ...

3.40 avg rating — 136 ratings — published 1992 — 4 editions
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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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