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Outside Beauty by Cynthia Kadohata [in Bloomsbury Review]

Outside BeautyHelen Kimura has survived and thrived by using her irresistible beauty to get exactly what she wants. Steely and independent, she’s never succumbed to anyone else’s expectations but her own. Her four daughters by four different fathers have, to say the least, lived rather untraditional lives, but they are tightly bound to one another as well as their surprising mother. When a serious car accident lands Helen in the hospital longterm, each of the daughters are scattered to their respective fathers and must find a way back to being a family again.

Review: “TBR’s Editors’ Favorites of 2008,” The Bloomsbury Review, November/December 2008

Tidbit: Soon after she won the esteemed Newbery Medal for Kira-Kira in 2005, Cynthia Kadohata was a delightful guest at her very own public program, “The Twinkling, Sparkling Writing Life: 2005 Newbery Award Winner Cynthia Kadohata,” at the National Museum of American History hosted by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program on April 10, 2005.

Readers: Middle Grade, Young Adult

Published: 2008


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