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Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
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May 26, 09

bookshelves: 2009-audio-books, 2009-fiction
Read in February, 2009

Kira-Kira, by Cynthia Kadohata, narrated by Elaina Erika Davis, produced by Listening Library, downloaded from audible.com.

This is a debut novel in middle grade children’s fiction, which took the Newberry Children’s Fiction award in 2005. It is about a Japanese family who lived in Iowa in a Japanese group of families. Then, the father lost his job, and his brother convinced him to move to Georgia and work with him in a chicken processing plant. Both the parents went to work and they worked nearly around the clock to get money to pay their bills, to pay the medical bills as their older daughter, Lynn, became desperately ill, and to buy a house because it might make Lynn feel better. 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. It is Lynn who teaches Katie about the world and to look for kira-kira. But Katie must come to terms with the fact that Lynn is dying, and finally that she did die. Katie is the one to begin finding the way for the family to come back from their grief. This is a wonderful book about a girl coming of age and facing great loss for the first time.
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