Kira-kira

Kira-kira

Book - 2004
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Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill. kira-kira (kee' ra kee' ra): glittering; shining Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason. And so are people's eyes. When Katie and her family move from a Japanese community in Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia, it's Lynn who explains to her why people stop them on the street to stare. And it's Lynn who, with her special way of viewing the world, teaches Katie to look beyond tomorrow. But when Lynn becomes desperately ill, and the whole family begins to fall apart, it is up to Katie to find a way to remind them all that there is always something glittering -- kira-kira -- in the future. Luminous in its persistence of love and hope, Kira-kira is Cynthia Kadohata's stunning debut in middle-grade fiction.
This book chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2004
ISBN: 9780689856402
9780689856396
0689856393
Call Number: jF Kado
TEEN F Kado
Characteristics: 244 p. ; 19 cm

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Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. When Katie and her family move from a Japanese community in Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia, it's Lynn who explains to her why people stop on the street to stare, and it's Lynn who, with her special way of viewing the... Read More »

Two Japanese American sisters, growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, are friends.

A sisters story that might just break your heart.

A moving portrayal of love between two Japanese-American sisters.


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Lovestoread5 Nov 13, 2020

I enjoyed this book: there's heartache, death of a loved one, and a coming of age story amongst other things. It was better than I thought it would be.

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white_dove_785
May 17, 2020

Incredibly touching and it makes you feel for the characters. This is a deeply emotional book and I recommend it for anyone who wants to take a break from fast paced action.

JCLScottS Mar 21, 2018

Incredibly touching, highlighted by humor and moving family situations. Also deftly discusses sickness, death, and racism in very poignant and accessible ways.

This is hands down the best book I've ever read. I love Cynthia Kadohata, and something about this book spoke to me. Worth the read!

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blue_alligator_728
May 14, 2016

one of my all time favorite books, touches me every time I read it

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lauraax
Aug 05, 2013

I read it in fourth grade, and I loved it! Still one of my favorite books..

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model
Mar 08, 2013

excellent book. i did it for my book report last year and got a hundred!

So sweet and lovely. Makes me cry every time. A wonderful story beautifully conveyed. What more can you ask for?

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13ites
Oct 16, 2011

So inspirational and beautiful! I read this book 3 times!!!

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gpnb_ael
Mar 08, 2011

you have to read this book!

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lms May 31, 2008

"Katie Takeshima worships her older sister, Lynn who knows everything and takes care of Katie while their parents are working long hours in their small town in the late 1950s. It's Lynn who shows Katie the glittering beauty (kira-kira) of the stars which prepares Katie for the prejudice she will encounter as one of the few Japanese American kids school. But when Katie 10, Lynn 14, falls ill, and everything changes. Slowly the roles are reversed and Katie becomes the caregiver and does what Lynn has taught her." (Novelist Review)

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