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Kathleen Burkinshaw
Kathleen Burkinshaw

Kathleen Burkinshaw is a Japanese American author, the daughter of a Hiroshima survivor and resides in Charlotte, NC. She’s a wife, mom, and owns a dog who thinks she’s a kitchen ninja. In 2019 she spoke about her mother’s experience in Hiroshima at the United Nations (NYC) and on UN virtual events for the 75th anniversary of atomic bombing. Kathleen has presented to middle/high schools around the world for the past 10 years. She also has been a featured guest on NHK World Japan, Asian American Magazines, and on numerous podcasts. Writing gives her an outlet for her daily struggle with disabling chronic pain from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.

Book Title(s):

The Last Cherry Blossom (Sky Pony Press, 2016) (Simon & Schuster, 2020)

Award(s) and Accolade(s):

The Last Cherry Blossom is now a United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs Resource for Teachers & Students

October 2018 BOOK RIOT list of “30 Fascinating Historical Fiction Books for Middle School Readers” 

Nominated for NC School Library Media Association YA book award 2019-2020

Nominated for Volunteer State Book Award (Tennessee), 2019

2018& 2016 Scholastic We Need Diverse Books Reading Club selection

Finalist NC Sir Walter Raleigh Fiction Award

Finalist 2018 Sakura Medal, Japan

2018 New England Book Festival Honorable Mention YA

2016 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award(southeast region)

Disabled, Japanese-American
Age Categories:
Middle Grade, Young Adult
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