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Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven is the eighteenth book in Scholastic's The Royal Diaries. It was written by Kathryn Lasky and was her fifth book for the series. The book was published in September 2004 and was followed by Anacaona: Golden Flower by Edwidge Danticat.

Book description[]

"Yayoi March 7, 1858
As the maids spread out the kimonos, we welcomed back the colors…of spring, like old friends. For only now may we begin to wear them. But during the tea party I am feeling all the while that this talk of silks and colors and painted blossom covers up something. It is what is not being said that is perhaps the most disturbing. I feel that these women know something I do not…There is a shrillness to Lady Tomaki’s laughter that seems not quite natural…And there is absolutely no talk of the prince, my future husband. It is so obvious to me that I dare not ask about him.



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven characters


Main article: Kathryn Lasky

Kathryn Lasky is an American children's author known for writing the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. Lasky is the author of five books in The Royal Diaries, four in Dear America, three in My America, and one in My Name Is America. Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven was her final entry for The Royal Diaries.


  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (2005)[2]


  • American artist Tim O'Brien illustrated the portrait of Kazunomiya on the cover.


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