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 WeedflowerCracker!, Outside BeautyA Million Shades of GrayHalf a World Away, and several critically acclaimed adult novels, including The Floating World. She lives with her hockey-playing son and dog in West Covina, California.

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A Place to Belong
Checked
Half a World Away
The Thing About Luck
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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’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm a very lenient mother of both my son and my dog.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I wouldn't mind knowing what it's like to be a beloved dog.

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.

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