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Naoko Uozumi

Naoko Uozumi 魚住直子

Naoko Uozumi (1966–)  won the Kodansha Award for New Writers of Children’s Literature for her 1995 debut novel Hi-baransu (Non-Balance), achieving overnight fame when a film version came out in 2001. Subsequent works of young-adult literature such as Chō-hāmonī (Ultra-Harmony), Zō no dansu (Elephant’s Dance), and Risetto (Reset) have become best-selling paperbacks. Tū toreinzu (Two Trains) won the Shogakukan Children’s Publication Culture Award, and Engei shōnen (Gardening Boys) the JAWC Award. Engei shōnen has been turned into a manga, earning it an even broader audience. Among her many other titles are Kuma no atarimae (A Bear’s Lot) and Pinku no kamisama (Pink Gods). Uozumi’s unsentimental but sympathetic portrayals of teenagers dealing with emotional trials and insecurity as they try to find their way in the world have earned her a large and devoted following of young readers.

Books by Naoko Uozumi
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    Gardening Boys

    Tatsuya Shinozaki meets the guy just before his first year of high school?judging by his clothes, a delinquent type that no one in their right mind would want to hang out with. But when Tatsuya inadvertently knocks down a whole row of bicycles while tryin …

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    A Bear’s Lot

    Seven short stories pose questions about the meaning of life and how it should be lived. Beppin-san (Hot Stuff) features a plover whose vanity about her looks prevents her from fitting in and getting along with others in her flock. The story shows the be …

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    Kaboom from Above

    Karin Takakura is a vivacious eighth-grader who has a habit of blurting out whatever comes into her head without much thought. Recently three of her friends have told her she’s being insensitive and should learn to stop and think before she speaks. On …

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