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Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
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Sep 26, 2012

it was amazing
Read from January 22 to 24, 2012

Katie Takeshima, born in 1950 in Iowa, loves her sister, Lynn, more than anything in the world. It was Lynn who teach her, her first word, Kira-Kira which means glittering in Japanese. She told Katie that Kira-Kira can be found everywhere in our surrounding. In people's eyes, at the blue sky and of course, in the star. But when they are force to move to Georgia because of financial problems Katie has to struggle to find Kira-Kira in the streets of their small town.
Katie and Lynn and their new-born baby brother, Sammy always have each other. With their parents working on the hachery on long hours, they depend on each other. But when Lynn fall seriously ill, and their family are falling apart it's up to Katie to hold them together and make them realize that there's still something glittering- Kira-Kira- in the future.

The story is told as a flashback, so we know from the beginning that Lynn would die.
This story views the time of the postwar years from the eyes of Katie Takeshima. Katie is the middle child of the family. She always look up to her sister and she knows her sister will always be there for her. Their relationship are strong and nothing can come up between no matter it's just boys or even disease. They always find Kira-Kira in their life. When it comes to Lynn disease, the writer is not afraid to go into some darker territory that parents may not feel that their children are ready to face. For all the sad moments in the book, they did end up with a note of hope. Kira-Kira is a beautifully written story about how a family hold themselves together trough hardship. This book will make people laugh and cry and teach you that, whenever you feel lost or when you can't hold it any longer, there's still hope and family should be together. There's always Kira-Kira in our life.

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