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

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

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

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. becoming a published writer

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 trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I'm always chewing on something -- ice, carrots, gum, whatever

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