Books by Cathy Hirano

MORIBITO by Nahoko Uehashi
FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2008

"Jam-packed with monstrous combat, ethnic conflicts and complex mythologies, Balsa and Chagum's story will win many new fans for this series. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
This newly translated 1996 Japanese fantasy has spawned nine sequels, a radio drama, a manga comic book and an anime television series in Japan. Read full book review >
THE LETTERS by Kazumi Yumoto
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 13, 2002

"Such an adult sensibility, combined with a story about a young child, may limit the teenage audience, but for those readers who appreciate evocative writing that explores psychological questions, this quiet novel will be satisfying indeed. (Fiction. 13+)"
In this lyrical tale translated from Japanese, a 28-year-old woman looks back on the year after her father's death, when she was six and seven. Read full book review >
THE FRIENDS by Kazumi Yumoto
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 21, 1996

"This is an offbeat and unsentimental coming-of-age story—a Japanese Stand By Me—about friends fascinated by death, who end up learning about life. (Fiction. 10-13)"
In this graceful first novel, the funeral of one boy's grandmother excites a curiosity about death in three Japanese schoolboys: fatherless Kawabe, jiggling with nervous energy; pudgy, soft-hearted Yamashita; and the narrator, Kiyama. Read full book review >
DRAGON SWORD AND WIND CHILD by Noriko Ogiwara
FICTION
Released: May 14, 1993

"The physical, metaphysical, and metaphorical all mingle in this flowery, dreamlike love story. (Fiction. 12+)"
From the Japanese, a heroic fantasy featuring an orphan swept up in the gods' quarrels. Read full book review >