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Cynthia Kadohata

Biography

Cynthia Kadohata

Cynthia Kadohata's father was held in the Poston internment camp during World War II. His experiences -- and those of the tens of thousands of other Japanese and Japanese Americans -- compelled her to write WEEDFLOWER. Ms. Kadohata is the author of KIRA-KIRA, winner of the 2005 Newbery Medal and a New York Times bestseller. She has written three novels for adults, and her stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Grand Street, and other publications. She lives with her son in California.

Cynthia Kadohata's father was held in the Poston internment camp during World War II. His experiences -- and those of the tens of thousands of other Japanese and Japanese Americans -- compelled her to write WEEDFLOWER. Ms. Kadohata is the author of KIRA-KIRA, winner of the 2005 Newbery Medal and a New York Times bestseller. She has written three novels for adults, and her stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Grand Street, and other publications. She lives with her son in California.

Cynthia Kadohata

Books by Cynthia Kadohata

by Cynthia Kadohata - Children's

Eleven-year-old Jaden is adopted, and he knows he’s an “epic fail.’ That’s why his family is traveling to Kazakhstan to adopt a new baby—to replace him, he’s sure. And he gets it. He is incapable of stopping his stealing, hoarding, lighting fires, aggressive running, and obsession with electricity. He knows his parents love him, but he feels...nothing.

by Cynthia Kadohata - Youth Fiction

Summer knows that kouun means “good luck” in Japanese, and this year her family has none of it. Just when she thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan—right before harvest season. Summer and her little brother, Jaz, are left in the care of their grandparents, who come out of retirement in order to harvest wheat and help pay the bills.