Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible

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Aiko Cassidy is fourteen 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 sculptures that have made her mother famous and have put food on the table. Aiko works hard on her own dream of becoming a great manga artist with a secret identity. When Aiko's mother invites her to Paris for a major exhibition of her work, Aiko at first 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. And a side trip to Lourdes might just change her life.
Gadget Girl began as a novella published in Cicada. The story won the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award in Fiction and was included in an anthology of the best stories published in Cicada over the past ten years. 

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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. 

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"Gadget Girl is like a Japanese garden whose beauty reveals itself little by little. And the more attentive you are, the greater the beauty revealed. Aiko's journey toward acceptance of her uniqueness, which includes that which the world deems imperfect, is told with subtlety and humor. You are going to enjoy reading this book." - Francisco X. Stork, author of MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD

"[Gadget Girl] deftly handles many facets of the mixed-race/bicultural experience...narrator Aiko's life is a realistic mess of desires, fears, embarrassments, love and hope." - Finding Wonderland

"Kamata skillfully captures the angst of searching for self-identity, young love, and acceptance. Readers will relate to these universal themes no matter what cultural backgrounds they come from." - Maria Wen Adcock, BiculturalMama.com

"Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible is an enjoyable, quick moving contemporary with a lot of heart and originality." - AliceMarvels.com

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