by Cynthia Kadohata
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Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439106600
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 06/20/2008
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 219,702
Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
File size: 817 KB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

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.

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Kira-Kira 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 227 reviews.
kalbers More than 1 year ago
Kira-Kira is a very sad story.I garantee it will make you cry.It made me cry.This story is also a very loving and touching story about a family's hard life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book didn't really stand out in any major way. I've read far more interesting books. Sure, it had a nice ending. It's important to note, though, the difference between the recommended ages (11-14) and the Accelerated Reader level of 4.7. Language and a couple of mentions of sex and dating might not be what the 4.7 level child needs to read. So, while it might be an interesting story, it's important to note the appropriateness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book about Lynn and Katie, two Japanese sister who moved from Iowa to Georgia. It is a sad but has good sisterly moments and the end seemed very memorible for Katie. I read this book and would highly reccommend it to people who like family oriented books. Read the book to find out how it all ends up for the family!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing. It was touching and had good details. It made me happy and it made tears well up in my eyes. Overall it was a realistic story and was perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a lesson telling u to love your siblings and parents definitley reccomended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Kira Kira by Cynthia Kadohata is a book that deserves a 2 star rating. This book deserves 2 stars because throughout the story it is really depressing. The book starts out as Lynn and Katie loving each other greatly in a town in Iowa. But early on in the book Katies family has to move to Georgia and the parents start working almost all day. The father works so much that he sleeps at his job to save driving time. Though Katie and Lynn's friendship survives it soon falls apart. Lynn becomes sick and is no longer able to go to school. Katie adapts to the South well enough and develops a Southern accent that becomes so well known that she is payed to talk to people. Katie also continues saving money that she finds her sister has been saving to buy a house for the family. The condition of Lynn becomes worse and she is dead due to the sickness. The book's few happy parts are as I said, few. When Katie buys a house with the saved up money she has is really touching. It isn't too happy though because Lynn acts as if it isn't to much a big deal which kills it for the family. When Katie is taught what kira kira is in the beginning, that also is somewhat touching. That too though has a bad side to it, because Lynn is telling her about kira kira a rabid dog attacks. The final happy part is when Katie has a birthday party and some friends come over. This was one of the few truly happy parts. The title Kira Kira is not deserved and should be called something like My Depressed Life instead of the Japanese word for glittering.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whenever they announce the Newbery Winner, if I haven't read it already, I go out, buy it, and then read it and see whether it is good or not. As long as I can remember, it has been good. Sadly, this one was very disappointing. They usually have much better taste than this. This whole story seemed bland, lacking, and generic. If you're looking for a good book and are thinking of this one because it won the Newbery, think again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story brings a true meaning to sister hood but wait till the end....
hoosiers-girl More than 1 year ago
i love this book so much! it brought me to laugh, cry, and at the end all i could say was "awwww!" with my eyes welled up with tears! i reccomend this book to everyone i know and they loved it too! highly reccomend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most awesome and thoroughly enjoyable books I have read in a long time. I stayed up late to read it, and spent half of the time crying. None of the book (up to right before Lynn dies) is really super sad, but it made me cry. It really toutched me. Well, okay it is super sad. But even the happy parts made me cry. Read it! And while you're at it, read the Fruits Basket manga by Natsuki Takaya.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i put one star because that's the less we can put.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a vary good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, it seemed kind of interesting at first but as i read on i found it to be a huge disapointment! I seriously don't see how this book could have won an award! At the beginning it seems all sweet, but it's just filled with misery. I found myself crying at some points in the book, and some people may enjoy that but I didn't! This book seems to be a neverending cycle of the older sister getting sick, better, then sick again. Dispite it being dull and sad, i did for some reason finish it. So if you like depressing books with no storyline or point to them, this is definitely the book for you! But if you don't like that type of book then please DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY! I suggest the book below instead, it's one of my favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book combined emotions, love, and an all around great story. I loved the book, even though it was sad, it really made me love my sisters more than ever. I can't wait for my 9 year old sis to be old enough to read it. I also want to lend it to my neighbor and my friends because it is such a great story. read the book, it is great!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very touching book and it tells a lot about love and friendship and care from both sisters its absolutely  beautiful. This book is honestly amazing and very life like this book makes me think of me and my little sister. Were only one year apart.If this was a real life situation I would be lyn and my sister would be katie . This book is sad and like I said before very touching while i read it in class in my spring board book for 6 grade I noticed  most of my class cried including my teacher and myself. I give this book a great big thumbs up #5 STAR THIS BOOK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting from a chid's perspective in how a family struggles with post war attitude in the US.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pets the dog.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Its alittle sad but if you have a rainy day and your bored I would suggest this book. Very good. 5/5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amzing book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sad part is when her sister dies
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clarkmilliken More than 1 year ago
I bought this with my daughter in mind. I read it first to see if it would be something she might enjoy. Although it had a sad ending, I am sure she will enjoy it as much as I did. She may not understand some of the problems of living during that time period, but I hope she would be able to connect with the young girls in the story.
Yellowdog1 More than 1 year ago
I read this book just because I thought that the topic sounded interesting and it was. I believe that young people should enjoy the book and it definitely is a fast read.