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Cynthia Kadohata

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," "Half a World Away," and several critically acclaimed adult
novels, including "The Floating World." Her most recent novel is "Checked." She lives with her hockey-playing
son and dog in West Covina, California.