Books by Cynthia Kadohata

THE THING ABOUT LUCK by Cynthia Kadohata
Released: June 4, 2013

"Readers who peel back the layers of obsessions and fears will find a character who is determined, compassionate and altogether delightful. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Summer and her Japanese-American family work every harvest season to earn money to pay their mortgage. But this year, they face unprecedented physical and emotional challenges. Read full book review >
A MILLION SHADES OF GRAY by Cynthia Kadohata
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"A fascinating window into post–Vietnam War history and a wonderfully intimate character study. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
War has never been far from Y'Tin's life. Read full book review >
OUTSIDE BEAUTY by Cynthia Kadohata
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 3, 2008

"And, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Shelby, 13, and her three sisters adore their beautiful, narcissistic mother, Helen Kimura, who supports them on the proceeds of her symbiotic relationships with men. Read full book review >
CRACKER! by Cynthia Kadohata
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"Despite thin spots, the story succeeds on the strength of its characters, their struggles and their relationship, reaching a readership that doesn't get enough quality writing in this genre. (Fiction. 9-13)"
"But she and Rick had . . . something bigger. She wasn't sure what it was. Read full book review >
WEEDFLOWER by Cynthia Kadohata
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2006

"Like weedflowers, hope survives in this quietly powerful story. (author's note) (Fiction. 11+)"
Post–Pearl Harbor Japanese-American internment is seen from the eyes of a young girl who eventually manages to bloom after she is uprooted and planted in the Arizona desert. Read full book review >
KIRA-KIRA by Cynthia Kadohata
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Kira-kira" is Japanese for glittering, and Kadohata's Katie sparkles. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Katie loves and admires her older sister, Lynn, only to lose her in this story that reads like a memoir about a Japanese-American family in the 1950s. Read full book review >
IN THE HEART OF THE VALLEY OF LOVE by Cynthia Kadohata
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A beautifully crafted novel that warns and hurts and delights."
 In an acutely moving second novel, Kadohata (The Floating World, 1989) again records the spin of worlds—of pain or maybe love. Read full book review >