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Half a World Away Hardcover – September 2, 2014

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"What an honest, beautiful, and moving book about the transformative power of love.  Cynthia Kadohata's Half a World Away reminds us that every person has the power to change someone else's life." -- R.J. Palacio, bestselling author of Wonder.

*Booklist Starred Review* Kadohata has written a remarkable, insightful study of a troubled boy, of the challenging circumstances in which he finds himself, and of his painful journey to bonding and, perhaps, to love.  Along the way, she has given readers a candid and often disturbing look at the adoption process in a remote country, while her memorable novel is further enriched by the depth of her characterizations; even minor characters come alive on the page.  Thought-provoking and emotionally engaging, Half a World Away is wholly satisfying.  -- Michael Cart for Booklist

*Publishers Weekly Starred Review*  Without sugarcoating the complexities and mishaps that can accompany overseas adoption, Kadohata creates an inspiring story that celebrates hope and second chances.

About the Author

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 WeedflowerCracker!, Outside BeautyA Million Shades of GrayHalf a World AwayCheckedA Place to Belong, Saucy, and several critically acclaimed adult novels, including The Floating World. She lives with her dogs and hockey-playing son in California. Visit her online at CynthiaKadohata.com.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Atheneum Books for Young Readers; First Edition (September 2, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1442412755
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1442412750
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 - 12 years, from customers
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 670L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 5 - 9
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.25 inches
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As a child, Cynthia Kadohata’s biggest life goal was not to be a writer. It was to own a dog. Since then, she has had six rescue dogs as her best friends. And, she has been extremely fortunate to have mostly worked as a writer during her adult life. She is the author of ten children’s books, including Kira-Kira, winner of the Newbery Medal; The Thing About Luck, winner of the National Book Award; Weedflower, winner of the Jane Addams Peace Award; Cracker, winner of six state awards as voted on by kids; A Place to Belong, longlisted for the National Book Award; and the upcoming Saucy, about a piglet like millions of others, yet also TOTALLY herself.

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