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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  554 ratings  ·  85 reviews
"A cast of three-dimensional characters, keen imagery and attention to detail produce an emotionally and culturally rich tale tracing the evolution of despair into hope." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
Published March 15th 1993 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Mar 13, 2008 Nancy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
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The genre of this book is Intergenerational readers and fiction. I chose this book because I read another book by Kyoko Mori (One Bird) and loved it. I wanted to see what her other book was about.
This book is told in the third person point of view and the story starts in the mind of Shizuko Okuda. She is dreaming about the celebration going on in Kobe, Japan after the war has ended. She is confused because all of the children that are running around are not the ones that she played with be
“In spite of this, please believe that I love you… You will no doubt get over this and be a brilliant woman. Don’t let me stop or delay you.”

In the aftermath of her mother’s suicide, twelve year old Yuki can’t believe this. Not through packing away all the favorite blues and greens of her mother’s closet before the funeral. Not through her father’s suspiciously prompt remarriage to his secretary. And in the years that follow, even as she appears as the accomplished track star and class president
Shizuko and her daughter Yuki are artists, and this book is written so it helps readers see what the artist's eye sees: wherever Yuki looks, whatever is going on in her life, she sees colors, and the colors have meaning. This is part of what makes this story much more complex than "mother dies, kid suffers with remote father and hateful step-mother,kid gets old enough and moves out" though that pretty much sums up the plot line. What makes the book worth reading, though, is how Yuki processes ev ...more
A YA novel about Yuki, a Japanese girl whose mother commits suicide when Yuki is twelve. The author does an excellent job of conveying Yuki's sense of difference from other children, as well as her confusion about what to feel towards her mother. I did feel frustrated in that Yuki's stepmother, Hanae, is pretty much unrelentingly meanspirited, and Yuki's father isn't much better. I suppose, however, that while in the third person, the novel is told predominantly from Yuki's point of view, so Han ...more
I decided to read this after finding a stack of books in the dining room, left over from various English classes at Edgewood. Lauren was assigned to read this, and left some helpful notes in the margins. This was beautifully written, and a nice look at Japanese culture. The stepmother is wicked, no doubt, but she has issues she can't discuss with anyone. There was a helpful glossary at the end of the book. At the time it was written, ~20 years ago, the author was a professor at St. Norbert Colle ...more
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By Kyoko Mori

This is one of the saddest book a person could ever come across. It's about a young Japanese girl's life who's life changes. That girl's name is Yuki. Yuki is a smart girl and she is brilliant! Yuki goes through some difficulty by having her own mother die. It wasn't Yuki's fault that she died. The father is a a terrible person, just like the step-mother trying to be in place of Yuki's mom. When the stepmother moved in, there were arguments and nothing we
Shizuko's Daughter(Mass Market Paperback)
By Kyoko Mori
Cindy Xu

If you read this you would feel bad for the main character in this story. Yuki, a girl of little age loses her mother because her mom, Shizuko has commited suicide. Yuki can't accept the fact that her mom has left her. Did she leave her because she didn't love Yuki anymore? Now Yuki lives with a father who doesn't love her and a stepmom who hates her and treats her badly. It is somewhat like a cinderella story. Shizuko knew that her h

I liked this a lot. I kept feeling surprised at it for some reason and finally I realised why. It felt very normal in a way I am not sure I've ever seen in a book about Japan written in English (as in, not translated from Japanese). Even when the author isn't white, if they're writing for an English-speaking audience, there's often a tinge of exoticism (sometimes more than a tinge), but there wasn't any of that here at all. Sadly, the cover illustration tries to make up for that by showing a gir ...more
Victoria Whipple
Yuki and her mother have a beautiful relationship. Her mother is gentle and loving, and Yuki adores her and prefers her company to friends her own age. Her life is turned upside down when her mother commits suicide. Her father has always been an absent figure in her life, though he lived in the same house. For the year after her mother's death, Yuki lives with her aunt, but must return when her father remarries. Her relationship with her father never improves, and his new wife certainly doesn't ...more
This novel describes a girl who has came home and found her mother dead in the kitchen. Her mother, Shizuko, left her a note telling her what she wanted to say and another note for her father. Yuki, the protagonist, was very depressed with her mother's death and not even that but she found out her father had an affair with another women. And now she has to move in with them. Yuki and her father's relationships were never well because her father was always at work so she is very close with her mo ...more
Title: Shizuko's Daughter
Author: Mori, Kyoko
Pages: 214 pages
Genre: Realistic-fiction
Publisher / Year: The Random House Publishing Group / 1993
Why I Read It: A book from my school's summer reading book list

General Summary: In Japan, twelve year old Yuki struggles with her mother's death, her distant father and her stepmother.

Let the review commence!:
Don't let the general summary fools you. The book is more interesting than it sounds.
The plot is quite common, but the author is able to enchant the
Nov 01, 2008 Annette rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls
I thought Shizuko's Daughter was a really meaningful book. I had several emotions as I read the book. In the beginning, when Shizuko was still alive, I understood that she loved her daughter a lot but. Unfortunately, she was left no choice but to commit suicide because her husband cheating on her. After her Shizuko's death, Yuki, her daughter, had a horrible relationship with her father and his new wife. She wouldn't except her as a new mother. This left them speechless whenever they are togethe ...more
Yuan lin
I think this book is acually a very surprising and shocking book because its something i've never really seen myself in real life! I get really curious when something else comes up all of a sudden, but somehow not all the exciting parts continue. And i really wonder what had happened. Its a great book about life experience and it just makes me wonder alot like what kind of people are some of the characters in the book. I think this book teaches a really deep lesson that i think alot of people wi ...more
Luna C
I think life these days or if I should say the world is becoming scarier each step it goes. Suicide, bombs, murder, divorces, and ugh just too scary! Don't you think this way as well? I do. This book Shizuko's Daughter is related to today's society, well, I wouldn't say divorce is a problem that is ongoing but it is a situation that carries on. When Shizuko's mother dies, Shizuko begins her rough life, her father remarrying another cruel woman who literally pretends there's no child named Shizuk ...more
I actually liked this book a lot. Maybe four stars is too many, but I'm giving it anyway. There was a lovely delicacy about the story and characters. Everyone seemed like they could disappear from the pages as suddenly as Shizuko at any moment, if perhaps not for the same reason.

I generally dislike books about suicide. With the exception of Romeo and Juliet, I find them a little crass. Here, however, the subject is handled quietly, and without sensationalism. I liked the unflinching portrait of
Sarah Jacquie
My mum found this for me and while I didn't start it immediately, once I did it was a comfortable page turner and I finished it the same day.

Yuki is honest, rare, and sincere -- she isn't afraid to tell it the way it is. There are things in the book that mirror real life and it is by no means a fairy tale. Where you feel the need for resolution or find yourself hoping that someone will finally see things the way they are, they just don't. There is no sudden breakdown of apologies, admittance of
Shizuko's Daughter is compelling because it explores the world of a young Japanese girl who has to deal with the numbness, emptiness, loneliness, and abandonment as a result of her mother's suicide, and the anger and hatred she feels towards her "new" family and new life without her mother. Yuki, the protagonist, feels that her mother didn't love Yuki and thought that she was a reason not to live, so she killed herself. But Yuki doesn't know that Shizuko has always loved her, and killed herself ...more
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Kyoko Mori ISBN: 0-449-70433-5

Shizuko's Daughter by Kyoko Mori is not like any other book that you have read in the world. It is like your grandmother walking into your head, cooking your favorite meal, and making you feel like you are at home. It will take first place on the top of your book list once you have finished reading the book. There is so much motivation, determindnation and bravery coming out of a little girl that is not even a teenager yet.
As a young gir
The thematic use of family in a young adult novel is somewhat unusual and perhaps indicative of the multicultural focus of this book. Standard young adult rules are the parents are never involved (and they aren't really in this one) nor are they a central focus (which they are in this). I'm not quite sure how American teenagers would respond to this as it's more first social stage. First being family usually until around age 10, second being peers until around 18-20, third being individual.

Due t
I was required to read this book for my global Literature class. At first, I thought this would boring, but I was wrong. Shizuko's Daughter is a wonderful book that enable you to symphasize with Yuki, the protagonist of the story. In the story, Yuki has cope with her mother death, and live with her father (who doesn't care about her) and her evil stepmother. Yuki blames her father for her mother's death, since her mother comitted suicide to escape her unhappy life. A few months after her mother' ...more
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I put this in my "general fiction" category, even though the author and the novel are both very Japanese. I found this book in one of my colleague's classrooms, though I wonder how appropriate the tone is for elementary-age children. I wonder this partly due to the topics tackled by the novel (suicide, extra-marital affairs, remarriage, etc.) and partly because the tone is very introspective: the novel does not move like most literature that is written for young readers.

As a novel, however, I en
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Shizuko's Daughter
By: Kyoko Mori

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Shizuko's daughter is about an unhappy woman named Shizuko. Shizuko is not happy and fears that her daughter Yuki is noticing, which is why she decieds to commit suicide. Shizuko died thinking that her action would benefit Yuki, but what Shizuko didn't know was that Yuki didn't know what Shizuko wanted for her.
Yuki was left with her father and stepmother. This story is written in third and first person point of view making
Apr 01, 2009 Eric added it  ·  review of another edition
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"Shizuko's Daughter" is a interesting book about a girl named Yuki, who's mother, (Shizuko) commits suicide when Yuki was only eleven. a year later, her father gets remarried to a terrible woman named Hanae. hating both her father and her step mother, Yuki grows up, facing the world without anyone's help. Her longing for her mother and her aunt and grandparents make her sad most of the time. a theme of this book is independence, love, and death. in the end, Yuki gets enough money to get into col ...more
This book was about a girl named Yuki who had a mother that committed suicide because her husband always don't care about. He never comes home. After Yuki's mother suicide, she tries to live on by hereself while her father remarries to Hanne who will become her stepmother. I thought that it was like a Cinderella story or something and i was right. It was kind of sad for her not to have her mother beside her. She was really young like about 13 and she have to take care of hereself. There wasn't a ...more
Tolkounai brought this book home from her high school library and liked it so much that she wanted me to read it. It is set in Japan, and begins with the suicide. ".....Please believe that I love you.....When you grow up to be a strong woman, you will know that this was for the best...." she wrote to her 12 year old daughter Yuki. While she didn't ever agree with the second part, the memory of her mother's love got her through the very difficult life she had to live with an uncaring father and a ...more
this book is the best. its about a mother who commits suicide and leaves her with her father to deal with. its very sad because Yuki who is the protagonist is in denial that her mother had committed suicide and now has to live with a father who acts as if she is not there and a step mother who seems that she hates her and is out to get her. Personally i HATE Yuki's father and her step mother. Yuki is a sweet 12 year old girl and doesnt deserve all of this hatred toward her. I love this book and ...more
While reading this book in Global Literature class I kept asking my self why this was important, it was only then when I realized that this book tells a lot about culture/tradition. I guessed that not only was it a good lesson in culture about Japan but also that the style of the book is clean and easy to understand so reading this book also helped my skill as a writer.
Overall the book was actually kind of boring (in my opinion) although eventually I started to like it because it got interest
Shizuko's daughter is a great book that is unfortunetly written in a really sad way. This story revolves around a girl who lost her mother after she suicides and after her mother's death she is forced to live with her father who never pays attention to her and her evil stepmother. What more is that she doesn't know what will become of her.

I thought this book was written really well and i thought that from the characters perspective you can learn a lot of things. I was able to learn the pains of
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Kyoko Mori was born in Kobe, Japan, in 1957. As a young girl, she learned numerous ways to be creative, including drawing, sewing, and writing, from her mother and her mother's family. From those family members, Mori says, "I came to understand the magic of transformation — a limitless possibility of turning nothing into something."

Mori's life changed completely at age 12, when her mother died. He
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