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Kira-Kira

by Cynthia Kadohata

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata X
Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
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    Feb 2004, 256 pages

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    Jan 2007, 272 pages

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Very Well Written.
Lynn has a special ability to teach Katie to look past tomorrow, teach her how to view the world, why people stop and stare on the street, and why everything is Kira-Kira. This should be the most touching, emotion-touching, heartbreaking book to cross a mind.
R. Spooner

Kira-Kira
The Takeshima family experiences several life changing events that turns their world upside down as they are forced to move from a Japanese community in Iowa to southern Georgia in the 1950's. The inseparable sisters, Lynn and Katie, discover the world through friendship, dreams, poverty, and discrimination; but the love that bonds them together remains unbroken as their family life is interrupted by an addition to the family and a change in their parent's employment conditions which allows less time for the children and more required time at work. When Lynn is struck with a terminal illness, Katie is forced to change her role as the little sister and begin caring for Lynn. She struggles to remember what Lynn had taught her, to view the simple things in life as glittering "kira-kira".

This book is an excellent piece of literature for fifth through middle school aged students to experience. The themes of love, hope, death, and discrimination provide the reader with opportunity to explore life through a young Japanese girl's eyes as she attempts to hold her family together during the struggles of life. This book will touch the hearts of viewers as the Takeshima family learns to appreciate the little things in life.
Alex Ecker

Kira-Kira
Kira-Kira was a very touching novel. The story really came out and flew through my eyes and ears as if it was a butterfly that had nothing to worry about. Kira-Kira reached out and in the last 30 or so pages really came down hard. I would never have thought that it would have ended like that. The ending was emotional, but it fit the story.
Margaret

The Best Book
This book was brilliant! I was so real and built on real emotions of a teenage girl. The book was so heartbreaking you feel like crying: crying for the main character, her sister, and the rest of the family. This book is absolutely touching.
guggu

Kira-Kira
This book is a heartwarming and touching story about a girl who loses her sibling and learns to fend for herself.
anna<3:)

stupendous book!!
The rating for this review says five stars, but to me, this book deserves 20 stars. I absolutely adore this book! In this book I laughed, I cried, and I was wanting more. Katie looked up to her sister Lynn. To Katie, Lynn was the greatest person in the world. Then, Lynn becomes diagnosed with lymphoma. Lynn can barely move or eat. Katie and her family have to take care of her. Being a Japanese family in the 1950's, life isn't always easy. Katie's mother works at a factory, and her father works at a hatchery. My teacher made us read this book, and I'm not a big fan of reading, so of course I was dreading it. Then, I got hooked to this book. I would highly recomend this book for any reader, young, or old.
Anna

Kira-Kira
This book is excellent. this novel shines like a twinkling star in the night sky. It will speak to readers who have lost someone they love or fear that they could. It is an unforgettable story
Alyssa Walker

It's the best book EVER!
This is the best book on the 1950s. When you read it you don't see pictures, but you can image them. You can imagine the pictures because Cynthia Kadohata describes things so well. You could feel like you're in the book if you tried hard enough and if you read in between the lines. I would love for you to read this book but if you think it's bad I don't know what to tell you. I enjoyed reading this book for my bookshare at school. I am doing a game on it. I would love to read any of Cynthia Kadohata's books. I wold even love it more if she made more books.

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