Cynthia Kadohata

Cynthia Kadohata is the author of the Newbery Medal–winning book Kira-Kira, the National Book Award winner The Thing About Luck, the Jane Addams Peace Award and Pen USA Award winner Weedflower, Cracker!, Outside Beauty, A Million Shades of Gray, and several critically acclaimed adult novels, including The Floating World. She lives with her son and dog in West Covina, California.

Books by this Author

Half a World Away
The Thing About Luck
A Million Shades of Gray
Outside Beauty
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth. (Gandhi)

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Robert Kennedy.  I'd tell him that when he was assassinated, I was 12 years old, and I cried and cried.  Then I'd thank him for inspiring so many people.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I guess I just think I'm a nice person.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I spend the average work day writing and wasting time in equal measure.  I hardly ever go anywhere because I hate to drive, so I order almost everything over the Internet.  Nearly the only time I leave the house is to walk my Doberman.  I have a raging caffeine addiction and drink about seven cups of iced tea a day.  I eat about ten carrots a day; on a recent occasion when I DID venture to the grocery store, the guy packing my groceries put his hand next to mine and said, "Look how orange you are!"  I can't walk through the living room because there are too many Lego minifigs and green army guys on the floor.  My six-year-old son and my dog have the energy of ten NBA stars between them -- that's why I need caffeine.  In short, my life is just about perfect.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Girls Just Want to Have Fun, It's a Wonderful World, Smooth, Like a Rolling Stone, Badlands

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