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  • Bibliography:
    15 Books
  • First Book:
    July 1989
  • Latest Book:
    June 2024
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Book List in Order: 15 titles

  • "Maks the debut of a luminious new voice in fiction."
    Olivia, the young narrator of this beautiful novel, and her Japanese-American family are constantly on the road, looking for a home in the 1950s. Then traveling becomes a ...

  • "An apocalyptic picture of America on the brink of civil disorder and social collapse" (New York Times). In the deteriorating LA of 2052, a young girl is forced by tragedy to venture from her secure environs into a world where survival takes preceden...

  • Mariska couldn-t be happier. Living an almost fairy-tale life, she is popular, adored by her parents, and is engaged to be married to the most attractive man in her village. But her world is torn when war approaches the peaceful village of Bakshami. ...

  • kira-kira (kee ra kee ra): glittering; shining Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason. ...

  • CRACKER IS ONE OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY'S MOST VALUABLE WEAPONS: a German shepherd trained to sniff out bombs, traps, and the enemy. The fate of entire platoons rests on her keen sense of smell. She's a Big Deal, and she likes it that way. Sometimes...

  • "My mother had four daughters by four different men." There's only one way Shelby and her sisters can describe their mother: She's a sexpot. Helen Kimura collects men (and loans, spending money, and gifts of all kinds) from all over the country. Sur...

  • Twelve-year-old Sumiko feels her life has been made up of two parts: before Pearl Harbor and after it. The good part and the bad part. Raised on a flower farm in California, Sumiko is used to being the only Japanese girl in her class. Even when the o...

  • Y'Tin is brave. No one in his village denies that -- his mother may wish that he’d spend more time on school work than on elephant training, but still she knows that it takes a great deal of courage and calm to deal with elephants the way that ...

  • There is bad luck, good luck, and making your own luck -- which is exactly what Summer must do to save her family in this novel from Newbery Medalist Cynthia Kadohata. Summer knows that kouun means “good luck” in Japanese, and this year her fa...

  • A kid who considers himself an epic fail discovers the transformative power of love when he deals with adoption in this novel from Cynthia Kadohata, winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award. Eleven-year-old Jaden is adopted, and he ...

  • From Newbery Medalist Cynthia Kadohata comes a brilliantly realized sports novel about a hockey player who must discover who he is without the sport that defines him. Hockey is Conor’s life. His whole life. He’ll say it himself, he’s a hocke...

  • A Japanese-American family, reeling from their ill treatment in the Japanese internment camps, gives up their American citizenship to move back to Hiroshima, unaware of the devastation wreaked by the atomic bomb in this piercing look at the aftermath...

  • From Newbery Medalist and National Book Award"winning author Cynthia Kadohata comes a “funny, lively” (Horn Book Magazine), and heartwarming story about a girl and her ever-growing pig, Saucy -- perfect for fans of The One and Only Ivan and Flo...

  • A teen boy thinks his vaping habit is harmless until it becomes a crippling addiction of nightmarish dimensions in this searing young adult novel from Newbery and National Book Award winner Cynthia Kadohata.Sixteen-year-old Elijah is pretty damn sick...

Award-Winning Books by Cynthia Kadohata

2007 Parents Choice Award (Spring) (1998-2007) -- Recommended
2008 Alabama Camellia Award -- Grades 4-6
2008 South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award -- Junior Book
2009 Buckeye Children's Book Award -- Grades 6-8
2010 Golden Sower Award -- Young Adult
2010 North Carolina Children's Book Award -- Junior Book
2010 William Allen White Childens Book Award -- Grades 6-8
2011 California Young Reader Medal -- Middle School
2005 Newbery Medal -- Children's
The Thing About Luck
2013 National Book Award -- Young People's Literature
2007 Jane Addams Children's Book Award -- Books for Older Children
2007 PEN Literary Award -- Children/Young Adult

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Cynthia Kadohata has published 15 books.

The next book by Cynthia Kadohata, Vape, will be published in June 2024.

The first book by Cynthia Kadohata, The Floating World, was published in July 1989.

No. Cynthia Kadohata does not write books in series.