Kathleen Burkinshaw is a Japanese American author residing in Charlotte, NC. She’s a wife, mom to a daughter in college, and owns a dog who is a kitchen ninja. Kathleen enjoyed a 10+ year career in HealthCare Management unfortunately cut short by the onset of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). Writing gives her an outlet for her daily struggle with chronic pain. She has presented her mother’s experience in Hiroshima to middle and high schools for the past 8 years. She has carried her mother’s story in her heart and feels privileged to now share it with the world. Writing historical fiction also satisfies her obsessive love of researching anything and everything. The Last Cherry Blossom, is a SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist (southeast region) and 2016 Scholastic WNDB Reading Club selection. Recently Nominated 2018 Sakura Medal, Japan, Recently Nominated Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction.
Message to Skypees: I have been presenting my mother's experience on August 6th in Hiroshima to middle and high school students for over 7 years. My MG historical fiction, THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM (Sky Pony Press) published in August 2016. Since then, I have also been discussing how I wrote and researched my novel.
Category: middle grade
Genre: historical fiction
Themes: Hiroshima, WWII, Family, friendship, loss, perseverance, courage
Suggested for: Ages 11 and up
Author's Time Zone: Eastern
Visit Kathleen's website at www.KathleenBurkinshaw.com.
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About the book: THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM(TLCB) is about a young girl's life in Hiroshima during WWII. She discovers a shocking family secret right before her world is about to ignite and become a shadow of what it had been. TLCB is based on events in my mother's life and it is through her 12-year-old eyes that readers witness the atomic bomb.
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