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Kira-Kira [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Cynthia Kadohata
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May 1 2005 Thorndike Literacy Bridge
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 text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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In Cynthia Kadohata's lively, lovely, funny and sad novel -- winner of the 2005 Newbery Medal -- the Japanese-American Takeshima family moves from Iowa to Georgia in the 1950s when Katie, the narrator, is just in kindergarten. Though her parents endure grueling conditions and impossible hours in the non-unionized poultry plant and hatchery where they work, they somehow manage to create a loving, stable home for their three children: Lynn, Katie, and Sammy. Katie's trust in, and admiration for, her older sister Lynn never falters, even when her sisterly advice doesn't seem to make sense. Lynn teaches her about everything from how the sky, the ocean, and people's eyes are special to the injustice of racial prejudice. The two girls dream of buying a house for the family someday and even save $100 in candy money: "Our other favorite book was Silas Marner. We were quite capitalistic and liked the idea of Silas keeping all that gold underneath the floorboards." When Lynn develops lymphoma, it's heartbreaking, but through the course of her worsening illness, Katie does her best to remember Lynn's "kira-kira" (glittery, shining) outlook on life. Small moments shine the brightest in this poignant story; told beautifully and lyrically in Katie's fresh, honest voice. (Ages 11 to 14) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Grade 6-8--Katie's first word is "kira-kira," the Japanese word for "glittering," and she uses it to describe everything she likes. It was taught to her by her older sister, Lynn, whom Katie worships. Both girls have trouble adjusting when their parents move the family from Iowa to a small town in rural Georgia, where they are among only 31 Japanese-Americans. They seldom see their parents, who have grueling jobs in chicken-processing plants. Then Lynn becomes deathly ill, and Katie is often left to care for her, a difficult and emotionally devastating job. When her sister dies of lymphoma, Katie searches for ways to live up to her legacy and to fulfill the dreams she never had a chance to attain. Told from Katie's point of view and set in the 1950s, this beautifully written story tells of a girl struggling to find her own way in a family torn by illness and horrendous work conditions. Katie's parents can barely afford to pay their daughter's medical bills, yet they refuse to join the growing movement to unionize until after Lynn's death. All of the characters are believable and well developed, especially Katie, who acts as a careful observer of everything that happens in her family, even though there is a lot she doesn't understand. Especially heartbreaking are the weeks leading up to Lynn's death, when Katie is exhausted and frustrated by the demands of her sister's illness, yet willing to do anything to make her happy. Girls will relate to and empathize with the appealing protagonist.--Ashley Larsen, Woodside Library, CA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Heartwarming story March 6 2006
By John
Format:Hardcover
Kira-Kira was a spectacular heartwarming story by Cynthia Kadohata. It takes place in Georgia modern day. The novel is about two sisters with a great relationship who would do anything for each other. Katie and Lynn are the main character, they live in a less fortunate Japanese family. Lynn the older sister gets a horrible illness and is in bed for a long time. Katie has to learn to cope with Lynn and her needs. She would even steal things from the store just for her sister. You are reading to find out if Lynn gets better. I thought this was a great story because it makes you appreciate what you have. It’s a story that you can’t put down. If you like realistic fiction this is the book for you. Great for ages 10 to 12 because Lynn and Katie are around that age. And you will appreciate what you have. I can’t tell you the ending but I can tell you that’s its great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Kira-Kira" deserves Newberry!!! Nov. 24 2006
Format:Hardcover
"Kira-Kira" is a story about a Japanese-American girl, Katie, and her relationship with Lynnie, her sister. It features a working class family living in rural Georgia at the dawn of civil rights movement. I savored it for its portrayal of ethnic markers and lifestyle. You are blessed if you have a Lynnie in your life. I am glad the Newberry judges chose this book. Kira-Kira deserves it. Another book that well deserves the honor is Book 3 of the series "Why some cats are rascals" by B. Nowiki.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Days ago in my life with April 28 2014
By Snejana
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that was supposed to be able to fire up the walking dead in a few minutes ago by the walking dead in a few minutes ago celebrities in the movie is that you can see it here for a great time in the morning of us who are you doing today I have no idea why do they know that they have a great way to go back and tv shows you how to be a family member since you are going out to fire fighter jet ski resort and it's not a farm in the morning of the movie and I have a good thing you need to be able too much for that matter to you guys are having a farm in my life of the last time I have a good night and it's
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5.0 out of 5 stars !WOW! April 22 2004
Format:Hardcover
WOW! this book was one of the best books i have ever read! Read it and i am sure you will love it! It is about a girl whose best friend is her sister but then her sister gets really sick.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ummm...I liked it. March 22 2005
By R, your friendly neighborhood reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm gonna take a stab in the dark and say that Cynthia Kadohata's Newbery winner "Kira-Kira" is a book that you either love or a book that you loathe to the fullest. Well, I'm a thirteen-year old and I enjoyed it to the fullest. And what really bugs me is that it is ADULT reviewers who are saying this book is too depressing for children. ADULT! Have you people ever heard of Bridge to Terabithia. It was just as depressing, if not more (though, brilliant I might add). I'm not even gonna mention last year's Olive's Ocean.

I'm a reader and fan of E. Bird's reviews, but she's got this one all wrong (well, except for maybe the bear trap part). Thank you Amazon, for letting a teen vent!

R
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Funny, and Sad Aug. 24 2004
By Debra Garfinkle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I read this in one day. I couldn't put it down. The writing is beautiful, the characters are likeable, and the sense of time and place are authentic. This is a wonderful story of a Japanese-American family and its struggle with prejudice, poverty, and disease. The book has humor and sadness, but ultimately it left me feeling joyous. I loved it.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching story warms hearts Jan. 24 2005
By S. Maire - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
After reading Kira-Kira,I had found my new favourite author. Kadohata had touched both myself and a good friend of mine. My friend was in tears at the end of the book. I could understand why she wept for I too felt touched by Kadohata's book. Kadohata filled every chapter with such strong emotions and used such colourful vocabulary. Kadohata is surely one of the most amazing authors of all time.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching story Jan. 22 2006
By Madisen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"Kira-Kira" is not like most other books; instead of a linear narrative with a clear plot, conflict, climax, and resoloution, this story reads in a more sprawling, nonlinear way. I had heard that it felt like a memoir, and this is definitely true; the first-person narrative only adds to the feeling. Yet still, as main character Katie recounts her life as a young Japanese American growing up in Georgia in the early '60s, the events along the way are at times very funny, often sad, and always captivating. The main theme is Katie's relationship with her sister Lynn, as the two girls alternately come together and drift apart, but "Kira-Kira" also touches on poverty, discrimination, and coming of age. It's a wonderful book, whether you're looking for a meaty read for younger kids or a breezy one for teens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Side of Kira-Kira! Nov. 28 2005
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Format:Hardcover
Kira-Kira (kee'ra kee'ra): means glittering; shining in Japanese.

Kira-Kira is a spectacular book thanks to the author, Cynthia Kadohata.

Glittering. That's how Lynn Takeshima, Katie Takeshima's older sister, always makes everything seem. The sky and how deep it is but see-through at the same time. Even peoples eyes and how they sparkle in their beautiful color. The stars and how they glisten and shine among the moon. All kira-kira. So basically, Lynn is a very calm, magical, and mellow person. Katie, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. She is a very out-going and risk-taking kind of girl, but when she gets out of hand, Lynn is always there to get her off the curb, and back on the road.

The Takeshima family went through hard times. After Lynn had died of a severe illness, the whole family had fallen apart. Katie was twelve when Lynn had died and she was very depressed for a long time. So it was up to Katie to get over her depression and remind her family and herself, that there is always something glittering- kira-kira -in the future.

All of this drama and adventure that had happened to the Takeshima family had taken place during the 1950s in the Deep South of Georgia.

Love and hope is the theme of this book. It taught you that when you have a time in your life of frustration or difficulties, you just get a good grip and hang on tight. Just never let go. That's exactly why I like, no, love this book. They just never gave up on hope.
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