Kira-Kira

Kira-Kira

Book - 2004
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Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780689856396
0689856393
Characteristics: 244 p. ; 19 cm

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Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill.


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This is hands down the best book I've ever read. I love Cynthia Kadohata, and something about this book spoke to me. Worth the read!

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blue_alligator_728
May 14, 2016

one of my all time favorite books, touches me every time I read it

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marthabwaters
Apr 29, 2015

Set in mid-century Georgia, this is the story of a Japanese family and specifically the coming of age of one daughter in the family. There's some heavy stuff here - racism, death of a sibling - but it's handled in a very age-appropriate way while still being very moving. Having said that, I found this book frustrating at times - I often felt like the protagonist's sick sister and hardworking parents were more well-drawn characters than she was. It was HER coming of age, and yet to me it felt totally defined by the events happening to other people in her family, which left me wanting something more. A lovely book, but I did have those quibbles.

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lauraax
Aug 05, 2013

I read it in fourth grade, and I loved it! Still one of my favorite books..

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model
Mar 08, 2013

excellent book. i did it for my book report last year and got a hundred!

So sweet and lovely. Makes me cry every time. A wonderful story beautifully conveyed. What more can you ask for?

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13ites
Oct 16, 2011

So inspirational and beautiful! I read this book 3 times!!!

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gpnb_ael
Mar 08, 2011

you have to read this book!

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Tilda
Nov 08, 2010

"Kira-kira" is told from the perspective of Katie Takeshima. It is about her memories of her Japanese-American family’s experience of living in the Georgia during the mid-1950s when she was between the ages of four and eleven. There is a lot of subtle insight into the society at the time but not in a way that obstructs how a young person like Katie would experience and described the world. This book is really funny at times – Katie has a great perspective on life - but there is also the sort of strange humour that a person can experience when events around them are confusing and desperate, even tragic. There are very tragic events in this story so get ready to be sad.

I’m glad that I didn’t post a review of this book immediately after reading it because it has taken me a little while to appreciate just how good it is. I’ve realized that many of the scenes in the book – even some of the really simple ones – have stayed with me very clearly and become more meaningful as I have turned them over in my mind. Katie’s voice is fully realized and consistent and her feelings about the events in her life are complex. This made the book seem very real and true to me.

I think that someone who likes realistic fiction that addresses serious topics about finding your way in the world, social justice and how families and individuals cope with tragedy would really enjoy this book. Some of the ideas are presented in a understated way so this might be a book for someone 12 and up who likes to really think about what they are reading. This is a beautiful book. Very “kira kira” (sparkling).

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ReadingintheCorner
Oct 27, 2010

This is a good story with good characters. It conveys emotion well.

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lms May 31, 2008

"Katie Takeshima worships her older sister, Lynn who knows everything and takes care of Katie while their parents are working long hours in their small town in the late 1950s. It's Lynn who shows Katie the glittering beauty (kira-kira) of the stars which prepares Katie for the prejudice she will encounter as one of the few Japanese American kids school. But when Katie 10, Lynn 14, falls ill, and everything changes. Slowly the roles are reversed and Katie becomes the caregiver and does what Lynn has taught her." (Novelist Review)

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