Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
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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. When Katie and her family move from a Japanese community in Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia, it's Lynn who explains to her why people stop them on the street to stare. And it's Lynn who, with her special way of viewing the world, teaches Katie to look beyond tomorrow. But when Lynn becomes desperately ill, and the whole family begins to fall apart, it is up to Katie to find a way to remind them all that there is always something glittering -- kira-kira -- in the future.
Luminous in its persistence of love and hope, Kira-Kira is Cynthia Kadohata's stunning debut in middle-grade fiction.

About Cynthia Kadohata

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Cynthia Kadohata is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning book Kira-Kira, the Jane Addams Peace Award and Pen USA Award winner Weedflower, Cracker!, Outside Beauty, A Million Shades of Gray, and several critically acclaimed adult novels, including The Floating World. She has published numerous short stories in such literary journals as the New Yorker, Ploughshares, Grand Street, and the Mississippi Review. She lives with her son and dog in West Covina, California.Julia Kuo is the creator of 20 Ways to Draw a Cat and 44 Other Awesome Animals as well as the charming board book Everyone Eats. Julia also created the cover and interior artwork for Newbery Medal winning author Cynthia Kadohata’s The Thing About Luck and New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han’s Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream. She lives in Chicago.
Published January 1, 2004 by Atheneum: NY. 272 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Katie loves and admires her older sister, Lynn, only to lose her in this story that reads like a memoir about a Japanese-American family in the 1950s.

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This book and others young adult books by Cynthia Kadohata can be purchased at northern California bookstores like Russian Hill Books in San Francisco, Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah and Rain All Day Books in Fortuna.

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As Lynn's health fades the family seems to crumble, but after her death they look for ways to come together again, and Katie continue to try to see the world the way Lynn had taught her from the moment she began to speak -- as kira-kira (glittering).

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The struggles of an American-born Japanese family are true, and the limitations placed on the family are still experienced by many immigrant families in this country.

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…[click here for more] Author interview: The Bloomsbury Review, May/June 2005 Tidbit: Soon after she won the esteemed Newbery Medal for Kira-Kira in 2005, Cynthia Kadohata was a delightful guest at her very own public program, “The Twinkling, Sparkling Writing Life: 2005 Newbery Award Winner C...

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