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Kira-Kira (Newbery Medal Book) Hardcover – 1 Feb 2004
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"An unforgettable story."
-- "San Diego Union-Tribune"
"This novel shine[s]."
-- "Publishers Weekly, " starred review
"Will speak to readers who have lost someone they love or fear that they could."
-- "Booklist, " starred review
About the Author
Cynthia Kadohata is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning book Kira-Kira, the National Book Award winner The Thing About Luck, the Jane Addams Peace Award and Pen USA Award winner Weedflower, Cracker!, Outside Beauty, A Million Shades of Gray, Half a World Away, and several critically acclaimed adult novels, including The Floating World. She lives with her hockey-playing son and dog in West Covina, California.See all Product description
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Kira-Kira follows a Japanese-American family. It is narrated from the point of view of Katie who we find out is the youngest daughter. Lynn, her elder sister teaches Katie the word Kira-Kira. It means glittering in Japanese, but unfortunately Katie’s life becomes less glittery than ever. Katie and her family have to move to Georgia when the family shop goes out of business. Katie finds herself being shunned by her local community. Her only real friend is her sister. Katie and Lynn look after their baby brother Sammy, which is a struggle but life is about to become even harder for the family.
I didn’t expect this story to be so sad. Yet, it will still easy enough and quick to read. I really believed in Katie as a narrator. She’s young, but has to adapt to some incredibly adult situations. She managed the situations as well as she could given her age. I felt my heart-breaking for Katie as she experienced the things she did.
What made me like Kira Kira is that it is written with such child- like innocence. Katie is not particularlr pretty or clever in her eyes, but nevertheless an excellent main character. Kira Kira is poignant, beautiful, sad and completely compelling. I am both shocked and amazed that no- one else has reviewed this tremendous book.
P.S. Please read this, I promise you'll love it and it will stay with you for life! ^-^
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