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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 America Award winner Weedflower , Cracker! , Outside Beauty , A Million Shades of Gray , Half a World Away , Checked , A Place to Belong , and several critically acclaimed adult novels, including The Floating World . She lives with her dog and hockey-playing son in California. Visit her online at CynthiaKadohata.com.