Search Results: "Cynthia Kadohata"


BOOK REVIEW

HALF A WORLD AWAY by Cynthia Kadohata
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Despite flaws, a realistic—and much-needed—portrait of older-child adoption. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Four years ago, Jaden, 12, was adopted from Romania, but he still grieves for the birth mother who abandoned him; accompanying his parents to Kazakhstan to adopt his new brother, Jaden's confused feelings intensify. Read full book review >

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THE THING ABOUT LUCK by Cynthia Kadohata
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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KIRA-KIRA by Cynthia Kadohata
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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CYNTHIA GREGORY DANCES SWAN LAKE by Cynthia Gregory
Released: Oct. 25, 1990

One of the great contemporary prima ballerinas describes the tasks and events of a day climaxed by dancing the lead in her favorite ballet. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"First of an intended series about Violet that will, no doubt, continue the pious messages. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Three adorable kittens are born in a kitchen pantry. Read full book review >

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NOTHING BUT THE RENT by Sharon Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

Psychologist and first-time author Mitchell offers a highly entertaining and unusually illuminating study of female bonding The focus here is on the time-tested but undeniably complex friendships among four African-American women who first met in college. Read full book review >

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VATICAN WALTZ by Roland Merullo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"A fresh, moving portrait of religion as it could and should be. The cliffhanging finale offers hope that we will see more of Cynthia's odyssey in future books."
A young Massachusetts woman is prompted to share her messages from God with the Catholic Church hierarchy in Merullo's warmhearted addition to his series of unusual religious novels (American Savior, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >