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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 - 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.

by Cynthia Kadohata - Historical Fiction

Told in part through the uncanny point of view of a German shepherd, Cracker! is an action-packed glimpse into the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of a dog and her handler. It's an utterly unique powerhouse of a book by the Newbery Medal-winning author of Kira-Kira.

by Cynthia Kadohata - Historical Fiction

With searing insight and clarity, Newbery Medal-winning author Cynthia Kadohata explores an important and painful topic through the eyes of a young girl who yearns to belong. Weedflower is the story of the rewards and challenges of a friendship across the racial divide, as well as the based-on-real-life story of how the meeting of Japanese Americans and Native Americans changed the future of both.