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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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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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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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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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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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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THE BOOKSHOP DOG by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Rylant's visual depiction of Martha Jane is ever so appealing, and if the primitive illustrations don't please everyone, the story and its sentiments certainly will. (Picture book. 3+)"
A sweet tale of canine love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLESS US ALL by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Very young children will find soothing rhythms in both pictures and text, but this is more of an artistic achievement than a literary one. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Rylant pairs a series of indoor and outdoor scenes, each framed in a border of patchwork squares and painted with bright, opaque, broadly brushed colors, with a rhymed month-by-month catalog of blessings that will challenge even the hardiest sweet tooth, e.g., for June: "Bless the flowers,/bless the bees,/bless the birds/above the trees,/Bless the bunnies,/kitties too,/Bless each day,/all warm and blue." Read full book review >

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DOG HEAVEN by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Pure, tender, lyrical without being overearnest, and deeply felt. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Rylant's debut as a picture book illustrator (not to be confused with her board book debut as a collagist in The Everyday Books, 1993) offers sweet comfort to all who have lost loved ones, pets or otherwise. ``When dogs go to Heaven, they don't need wings because God knows that dogs love running best. Read full book review >

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CREATION by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Child-friendliness substitutes for awe in this cozy rendition. (Picture book/religion. 3-7)"
The Creation story, interpreted with minimalist art. Read full book review >