Gadget Girl by Suzanne Kamata
The Art of Being Invisible

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Readers will feel whisked away by the romance of an artistic life and appreciate the sensitivity and honesty with which Kamata writes about Aiko’s physical and emotional journeys.
-Publishers Weekly

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Anna and the French Kiss meets Stoner & Spaz in a contemporary young adult coming-of-age novel about a girl, her struggles, and her art.

Aiko Cassidy is fifteen and lives with her sculptor mother in a small Midwestern town. For most of her young life, Aiko, who has cerebral palsy, has been her mother's muse. But now, she no longer wants to pose for the figures that have made her mother famous. Aiko works hard on her own dream, becoming a sought-after manga artist with a secret identity. When Aiko's mother invites her to Paris for a major exhibition of her work, Aiko resists. She'd much rather go to Japan, Manga Capital of the World, where she might be able to finally meet her father, the indigo farmer. When she gets to France, however, a hot waiter with a passion for manga and an interest in Aiko makes her wonder if being invisible is such a great thing after all.

“Awkwardly and believably, this sensitive novel reveals an artistic teen adapting to family, disability and friendships in all their flawed beauty….a sharp, unusual coming-of-age novel.” - Kirkus

"Spunky heroine with big dreams? Check! Trip to Paris? Check! Hot French waiter? Check! Gadget Girl has everything a reader like me could wish for, and more. I love this story." - Tamara Ireland Stone, author of Time Between Us

"Suzanne Kamata beautifully captures the essence of what it feels like when you're learning to be who you already are." - Andrea J. Buchanan, author of the multimedia YA title Gift and co-author, The Daring Book for Girls

"Anyone who has ever longed to come into their own will love Gadget Girl."
- Leza Lowitz, author of Jet Black and The Ninja Wind

Suzanne Kamata’s books include Losing Kei; The Beautiful One Has Come, (long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award); and three anthologies. Her short stories and essays have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times. She is Fiction Co-editor of literarymama.com and Fiction Editor of Kyoto Journal. Suzanne Kamata lives in Tokushima, Japan with her husband and her bicultural twins.
 

About Suzanne Kamata

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Suzanne Kamata is the author of the novel Losing Kei (Leapfrog Press, 2008), a short story collection, The Beautiful One Has Come (Wyatt-Mackenzie Publishing, 2011) which was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and was honored with a 2012 Silver Nautlilus Award; and editor of three anthologies including Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs (Beacon Press, May 2008). Her short stories and essays have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times, and she is a two-time winner of the All Nippon Airways/Wingspan Fiction Contest. Suzanne is Fiction Co-editor of literarymama.com and Fiction Editor of Kyoto Journal. Her fiction for young adults also appears in the current edition of Hunger Mountain and is forthcoming in Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction - An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories (Stone Bridge Press, March 2012) edited by Holly Thompson.
 
Published April 16, 2013 by GemmaMedia. 222 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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on Apr 15 2013

Readers will feel whisked away by the romance of an artistic life and appreciate the sensitivity and honesty with which Kamata writes about Aiko’s physical and emotional journeys.

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Kirkus

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on Mar 27 2013

Awkwardly and believably, this sensitive novel reveals an artistic teen adapting to family, disability and friendships in all their flawed beauty.

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