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Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
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Jan 25, 10

bookshelves: 5-star-reads, audiobooks, childrens, newbery-award
Read from January 19 to 25, 2010

I'm a big fan of Newbery winners - I don't think I've read a dud yet. Kira-Kira (which means glittering in Japanese) shines as one of the best. Set in the 1950's, the book follows the Japanese American Takeshima family from Iowa to Georgia where the parents work long grueling hours processing poultry. Although the family faces many obstacles from the struggle of making ends meet to racial discrimination in the Deep South, life is fine for the Takeshima's until the oldest child, Lynn, becomes ill. The story is told by Katie, the younger daughter, who adds humor and innocence to this touching story. The narrator - Elaina Erika Davis was perfect - she handled the various ages of the characters as well as the challenge of Southern and Japanese accents beautifully. 5 Kira-Kira stars.
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