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-- Kira-Kira is Cynthia Kadohata's stunning debut in middle-grade fiction.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2008.
ISBN: 9781439106600
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
1 online resource (272 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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2005 Newbery winner. Also available as a downloadable audiobook on OverDrive/Libby.

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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!

May 14, 2016

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

Aug 05, 2013

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

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?

Oct 16, 2011

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

Mar 08, 2011

you have to read this book!

Nov 08, 2010

"Kira-kira" is told from the perspective of Katie Takeshima. It is about her memories of her Japanese-American family’s experience of living in the Georgia during the mid-1950s when she was between the ages of four and eleven. There is a lot of subtle insight into the society at the time but not in a way that obstructs how a young person like Katie would experience and described the world. This book is really funny at times – Katie has a great perspective on life - but there is also the sort of strange humour that a person can experience when events around them are confusing and desperate, even tragic. There are very tragic events in this story so get ready to be sad.

I’m glad that I didn’t post a review of this book immediately after reading it because it has taken me a little while to appreciate just how good it is. I’ve realized that many of the scenes in the book – even some of the really simple ones – have stayed with me very clearly and become more meaningful as I have turned them over in my mind. Katie’s voice is fully realized and consistent and her feelings about the events in her life are complex. This made the book seem very real and true to me.

I think that someone who likes realistic fiction that addresses serious topics about finding your way in the world, social justice and how families and individuals cope with tragedy would really enjoy this book. Some of the ideas are presented in a understated way so this might be a book for someone 12 and up who likes to really think about what they are reading. This is a beautiful book. Very “kira kira” (sparkling).

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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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