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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 Lykira-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 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....

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ISBN : 9780689856402
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Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Kira-Kira Reviews

  • Karrie
    2019-05-06 02:57

    Oh, do you ever wish a book could just go on? Kira-kira is such a beautiful piece of writing that the story has stayed with me since I finished it two days ago. It's one of those books that makes you feel like nothing you read after that will compare. The richness of the characters is what drives this story, and by the end of the book I felt as if I knew each and every one of them. This is the story of a Japanese-American family named Takeshima. Katie, the middle child, is the narrator of their story. She is very close to her siblings, Lynn and Sammy, and their lives revolve around each other. When Katie is a very small child, Lynn teaches her the title word, Kira-Kira, which is the Japanese word for glittery or shiny. It is ironic that kira-kira becomes an important word between the girls, because their lives would not appear to be kira-kira to the outside world. Their parents, in an effort to accomplish their dream to own their own home, move the family to Georgia so that they can work in a poultry factory. As they are working themselves into exhaustion, the children are constant and loving companions to each other. As the kids assimilate into school life in Georgia, where the local people are less than welcoming, they remain each other's best friends. Together they play, talk, support each other, and dream of what life will be in the future. They create a sense of happiness and brightness around themselves.When their parents dream of owning their own home comes to fruition, the Takeshima family is very proud and they are all convinced that their lives will be forever good. But the joy of owning a piece of the American dream is soon destroyed by Lynn's growing health problems. As Lynn's kira-kira diminishes, the reader is left with a heavy heart for Katie and her family.Kira-kira is a beautiful story about spirit and strength. Kadohata's writing flows like a mountain stream, taking the reader with her. It's quietly dramatic, yet completely engaging. The story takes place over years, and the characters develop and change in obvious and subtle ways, just like children do in real life. Katie is not a magnificent, larger-than-life character in the way, say, Harry Potter is. She's a normal little girl, sometimes struggling in school, sometimes trying to find her way in a world that is familiar yet foreign to her. Even though life deals her some difficult cards, Katie is always guided by the love of her family. The reader can take comfort knowing that wherever Katie goes, the sweetness of her personality and love in her heart will always keep the kira-kira surrounding her.

  • Laurel
    2019-04-29 19:12

    THIS IS THE ABSOLUTE AWESOMEST BOOK IN THE HISTORY OF AWESOME BOOKS. I cried at the end. I reccomend it to you and everyone you know. I read it like 10 times and so should you. It's about a Japanese girl and her family living in the U.S. in that descrimination era.

  • Julia M
    2019-05-02 02:12

    This is by far one of the loveliest books I have read in a long time! I can't remember when I last cried over a children's book, but this touching story about a young Japanese-American girl definitely made me shed a tear or two. Katie and her family, including big sister Lynn and little brother Sammy, live in a small town in Georgia during a time when looking different means low-paying jobs and unaffordable housing. Katie's parents eventually end up working multiple factory jobs to support the family, and the situation worsens when Lynn becomes mysteriously ill. In spite of the family's hardships, Katie's quirky way of looking at life makes this book a cheerful read. Even a sad ending brings a smile to the reader's face, simply because it is so lyrically spun by the author through Katie's voice. I absolutely adored this book, and I can't wait to share it with my students. I know that they will laugh out loud at times when they read about the crazy predicaments that Katie manages to get herself into, but they might also cry when they find out what happens to this amazing family.

  • Patricia
    2019-04-24 02:00

    This one never got to my currently reading shelf as I was too busy reading, or listening to it. Caused me to miss a few turns. It had been recommended to me two years ago by a friend who also got me into Audible Books. From the sounds of the crickets resounding in the words of the title to the glitter of the world, I can see how this book deserved the 2005 Newbery award. Cynthia Kadohata elaborated on so many themes from the personal connection of being Japanese in America to the universal themes of family, death and dying, and living in the complex world. It was especially satisfying when Katie's father apologized to the hatchery owner, removed Lynn's bedding, and made the conscientious decision to live as a happy family rather than a sad family. Suffering is universal, but so too is the decisions to live or not. I can't help connecting to the theme of to live or not, to be a happy family or not, to hate or not. At some time everyone meets with trajedy and major disappointment. The key to living is the decision to go on living. I felt like I was a part of this family as Katie told me about her sister, brother, parents, and uncle, each one trying to take care of the others. Kadohata realistically shared the thoughts of the young girls, honest thoughts about her sister's illness. How many young people feel guilty about something they did that they didn't understand? The way Kadohata unfolded the story of Katie getting mad at her sister, being impatient, thinking that her sister would get better, interacting with her parents, and worrying about her sister's friends showed a respect for and understanding for a child's thoughts and questions. I thought the way she let Katie change, grow up, understand from her reflections on her relationship with her sister that she could do well in school if she worked at it. Doing well at school is a metaphor for doing well in life. The story while sad, is full of hope. This well crafted story will stick with me and I am sure that middle school students can read it. The way kira-kira was woven through Katie' life and the world around her was masterful. Even to the night of her death, Lynn was looking at her world. This reminded me of a friend, dying of cancer, enjoying being read to, saying "I didn't know that, did you?" I still have questions about the historical setting. I learned about the chicken sexers' job and how the hatchery's worked towards unionization. I had not known that Japanese people worked in this agricultural setting. So like other books, Night John, Baseball Saved Us, and ________________ I learned more about the social issues in the America we seldom talked about growing up.

  • Heidi-Marie
    2019-05-19 22:49

    Much of this book was predictable: young protagonist, struggles come to family, family begins to falter, and tragedy must be overcome at end. But I liked the setting and the plot. It was a Japanese family in Georgia in the 1950s. It was interesting to hear about the hard work and the different kind of prejudice. It made me wonder what my grandmother must have gone through when she relocated to the "land" states. I think the part I most connected with was the relationship between the two sisters. It is told from Katie's point of view, who is about 4 or 5 years younger than Lynn. As this is the age difference between me and my sister, I instantly knew what it was like to look up to this seemingly perfect sister and idolize her. How the older sister made even the simplest things amazing and wonderful. That life was "kira-kira" because the older sister made it so. (view spoiler)[When I was younger, one of my worst nightmares was when, for some reason, K. was taken away from our family. I woke up crying, knowing how much it would hurt me if I ever lost my wonderful older sister. So I was able to almost relate to Katie's feelings when Lynn gets sick and later dies. (hide spoiler)]One thing I question: the age group this is aimed at. I can certainly understand YA. But children's? How young are we going? The occasional use of language could be overlooked I suppose. But even the innocent dealings of some subjects.... Well, I would rather have talked to my own children before they ever encountered it in this book in the way it is handled.

  • Tara
    2019-05-18 19:16

    Being of Japanese descent, I recognized so much that was in my childhood of the day to day existence and the way the family operated. I grew up in California but I think the racism that was experienced in the book was what my parent generation had to deal with in the South. I particularly appreciate the correct pronunciation of the Japanese language. That's one downside of audio books, if you get it wrong, it is difficult to listen to. I once rented out a book by Gail Tsukiyama (the one with the red and white cover with an image of cherry blossoms). In any case, the pronuniciation was so bad by the reader, it grated on my nerves each time a Japanese word was mispronounced, and I didn't get past the first few chapters and ended up not completing the book. This book was a beautifully written, thanks Julie for writing a review of it. A very simple but touching story about the experiences of a young Japanese American girl growing up in Georgia.

  • James
    2019-05-03 19:15

    Attention Yankees! The pronoun "y'all" is a contraction of "you all" and is plural. No one in the South ever addresses a single person as y'all. That would be like addressing that person as "you folks." It doesn't make any sense. I should be more forgiving, since the towering Russell Banks makes the same gaffe in Rule of the Bone, but Kadohata's persistence in this folly pretty much ruined the book for me. My willing suspension of disbelief deflated with an almost audible hiss. Other lame laziness: "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" was released during the Kennedy administration and not the Eisenhower years.

  •  Дарья
    2019-05-16 01:54

    I found this insufferably cliche and childish.

  • Thanh Thanh
    2019-04-27 21:10

    Đầu năm đầu tháng mà khóc vì truyện...Nhưng không sao, đây không phải là một câu chuyện quá bi kịch. Nó buồn, nhưng nhẹ nhàng, tươi sáng và lấp lánh.Katie hồn nhiên, vui tính dễ sợ, đọc mà nhiều lúc cứ phụt cười. Tình chị em của Lynn với Katie và Sam thiệt đáng quý.

  • Helna
    2019-05-13 22:00

    Akhirnya saya bisa juga baca novel ini. Sejak lihat review novel ini di majalah, saya sudah naksir pengen tahu seperti apa jalan ceritanya..Dan ternyata bagus..Tema ceritanya menarik, karena sebelumnya saya belum pernah baca buku yang menceritakan suka duka kehidupan Imigran (terutama imigran jepang),jadi waktu membaca buku ini saya sangat menikmati jalan ceritanya.. Layak dibaca oleh siapapun.. ^_^Singkat cerita :Menjadi imigran di Amerika tidaklah mudah, juga bagi Katie Takeshima dan keluarganya. Apalagi saat keluarga Takeshima harus menutup toko makanan Asia yang mereka miliki di Iowa dan pindah ke Chesterfield, Georgia. Di sana orangtua Katie bekerja sebagai buruh peternakan ayam, berjuang mengumpulkan uang sedikit demi sedikit untuk membeli rumah. Di satu sisi juga harus berjuang untuk berasimilasi dengan masyarakat AS. Menghadapi prasangka dari sebagian masyarakat, menghadapi tatapan aneh dari orang-orang yang berpapasan dengan mereka di jalan, serta perlakuan yang kurang manusiawi terhadap buruh pabrik, profesi yang dijalani orangtua Katie.Beruntung ada Lynn, kakak Katie, yang selalu menjadikan hidup “bersinar” (kira-kira, dalam bahasa Jepang, alias glittering atau shining dalam bahasa Inggris). Kata itulah yang pertama dikenal Katie dari sang kakak. Lynn juga yang menjelaskan pada Katie kenapa orang-orang selalu berhenti dan menatap mereka saat berpapasan di jalan.Lynn-lah yang menjelaskan kepada Katie saat beberapa anak di sekolah tak mau berbicara pada mereka. Lynn juga, dengan cara uniknya memandang dunia, yang mengajar Katie melihat kehidupan jauh ke depan. Menjadi jembatan antar anggota keluarga dan selalu meyakinkan keluarganya bahwa selalu ada harapan bagi keluarga mereka untuk hidup lebih baik. Namun tak ada harapan bagi Lynn sendiri saat ia jatuh sakit. Keluarga mereka pun mulai pecah. Dan Katie-lah yang harus berusaha menyatukan kembali dan menunjukkan "kira-kira" dalam hidup pada keluarganya.Bersetting tahun 1950-an, Cynthia Kadohata, sang penulis, cukup cantik memaparkan persoalan yang dihadapi keluarga imigran Jepang di AS serta hubungan kakak beradik, Katie dan Lynn, serta saudara laki-laki mereka, Sammy. Sebagian besar kisah yang ada di novel ini merupakan kejadian nyata, begitu juga hubungan yang ada, khususnya hubungan antara Katie dan Lynn.review dari deeyand.multiply.comI say : Saya agak kurang sreg dengan cover bukunya. Bayangan saya covernya gak jauh beda dengan cover buku terbitan Simon & Schuster. Kesannya simple banget dan minim desain. Jadinya isi bukunya tak terwakili oleh cover.. Tapi ceritanya saya suka banget..Sembari membaca saya membayangkan keadaan yang dialami Katie dan keluarganya di era tahun 50-an, dimana perbedaan ras bangsa masih menjadi persoalan yang serius..yang pada akhirnya menyengsarakan kaum imigran itu sendiri..

  • Jill
    2019-04-26 23:12

    Kira-Kira is the story of the Japanese-American Takeshima family, told from the point of view of Katie, the youngest daughter. We learn in the opening passage of the story that Kira-Kira means “glittering” in Japanese, and that it was Katie’s first word, taught to her by her older sister Lynn. It’s obvious from the beginning that Katie adores Lynn.Born in Iowa to Japanese immigrants, Katie and Lynn have a nice childhood, but everything changes when the family’s Asian food store goes out of business, and they move to Georgia to become factory workers in a poultry processing plant. It’s here that Katie realizes for the first time that she is different. Shunned by the white Georgians, the Japanese community in Georgia is tight knit, but life is very difficult. Katie and Lynn’s parents work extremely long hours under harsh conditions. Katie and Lynn rarely see their father, and when they do, he’s exhausted. Their mother is forced to wear “pads” because bathroom breaks are not allowed in the factory. When their baby brother, Sammy, is born, the girls and a next door neighbor pretty much raise him. Just when things can’t get worse, Lynn becomes very ill, and the family’s bonds are tested.This heart wrenching story is one that I will soon not forget. Cynthia Kadohata expertly gets into the mind of a girl Katie’s age who has to deal with some very adult situations but does not quite understand them. An example of this is when Lynn is very ill, and despite appearing very strong and brave in front of Lynn, Katie needs a moment alone and breaks down:“I cried and cried. For a while as I cried I hated my parents, as if it were their fault Lynn was sick. Then I cried because I loved my parents so much. Then I didn’t feel like crying anymore. I just felt barren, my eyes felt dry. They sky was still gray. Everything was gray, the sky and the store and even my hand when I held it out in front of myself. I wondered in anyone else in history had ever been as sad as I was at that moment” (p. 199).We also see racism, prejudice, and the unfair treatment of the factory workers through Katie’s eyes. While some have criticized this book and being slow and uninteresting for young adults, it would have been right up my alley when I was younger. Certainly, it’s not for every kid and may appeal more to girls than boys, but it’s a story that I think will impact many. It was completely deserving of its 2005 Newbery Medal win.

  • Tim
    2019-05-15 21:00

    I agree with the reviewer who said (in a review from January 2010): "Dear Yankees, the word "y'all" is a contraction of "you all" and it is plural." It was mind-numbingly annoying that Katie used it when addressing a single person with regularity. Kadohata claims she lived in the South when she was young; I can only guess it was for a very short time, a long time ago and she has not returned. Any young child who regularly heard people use this expression correctly and who would pick up the accent as Katie is supposed to have done would also use the expression correctly.There is nothing poetic or vivid about the prose here. It verges on the pedestrian. The plot offers nothing that I did not see in afterschool specials when I was in junior high...except the characters are of Japanese descent. It was predictable and poorly paced and really quite maudlin. This is the weakest of the 33 Newbery winners I've read so far. Not heinous, just not award material--especially not "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children" of the year. Good for bibliotherapy when dealing with grieving girls who might identify with Katie...but not much else.I was at the awards ceremony when this won and I searched bookstores on the way home for a copy hoping to read it before everyone else (it was a surprise winner); I'm glad I didn't waste my money on it. (Oh, and I have been a member of the Newbery Committee too & will be again).

  • Hiroshi Sasaki
    2019-05-01 20:58

    I had to take my mind off the fact that I was taking a life-changing exam at 1:30 pm. I had started this middle school, Newbury award winning little book earlier in the week in between cramming, and decided the morning of the exam that the best way to chill and prepare was to lie back and finish the back half of the book. Wow. What a great decision. Kadohata does an amazing job not only of evoking what it feels like to be a kid bewildered by family, world, school, and simply how to be, but especially excels at describing the alienated world of growing up in the south as a Japanese American. That said, I was in the South over a decade later than the protagonist (in my case, 1st and 2nd grade in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at the turn of the 70s, not too many years after Wallace's notorious exclamation, "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever"; but the book is set earlier!). And talk about emotional catharsis: this book took me to the extremes of emotion, laughing one moment (in identification) to simply weeping. I can't wait to read more Kadohata. Oh, and by the way, I passed that dang exam.

  • پگاه
    2019-05-21 03:07

    چه‌قدر خواهر ِبزرگ‌تر نعمت خوبی‌ه... چه‌قدر آخه:)

  • Dini
    2019-04-27 23:49

    Here are some of the things I thought about when reading this book:1. The relationship between Katie Takeshima and her older sister Lynn reminded me of my own relationship with my little sister. Katie worships Lynn and does everything she tells her, thinking Lynn is a genius. I think my sister worshiped me too as a kid (I'm convinced she still does, but don't tell her I said that), although I may not be as perfect and protective and full of guidance as Lynn is. My sister also once told me I was smart. I believe her.2. One of the reasons this book piqued my interest is because the title can be a pun. 'Kira-kira' in Indonesian means 'supposedly, approximately, in estimation'. Puns are always fun, aren't they?3. Another reason I was interested in this book is because of the original meaning of 'kira-kira' in Japanese, which is 'glittering'. My little sister studied Japanese literature, and we are both quite familiar with Japanese entertainment. In the book Lynn used 'kira-kira' to describe the sky, the sea, and people's eyes. But my sister and I have heard the term being used to describe people -- not just women, but men as well. Some Japanese men can be very glittery. 4. I read the book and enjoyed it. Right after that I read another children's book, A Little Princess. I enjoyed it even better. I've decided to read more children's books that I have never got the chance to read in my childhood. After all, I was born on the 23rd of July, which is National Children's Day in my country. Which means all the children in the country celebrate my birthday every year. Therefore, the running joke in my family is that I am forever a child. I think that is a rather good thing.

  • Minh Trang
    2019-05-08 21:49

    Một câu chuyện tuy buồn đấy, nhưng mà lấp lánh, đẹp y như cái tên. Bối cảnh câu chuyện đặt tại nước Mỹ. Gia đình của Lynn và Katie là một gia đình người Nhật, lưu lạc tới đây do chiến tranh. Họ vấp phải thái độ kém thân thiện của những người xóm giềng xung quanh chỉ vì họ không phải là người Mỹ. Nhưng Lynn, Katie và cậu em trai Sammy vẫn lớn lên thật hồn nhiên và vui vẻ, bên nhau trải qua đủ chuyện buồn vui, và gặp được những người bạn mới dễ thương nữa. Trong mắt Lynn, Katie luôn là một đứa nhóc tì cần được chị chăm sóc. Katie thì cậy mình có một người chị ân cần và xuất sắc nên bản thân cũng không thèm cố gắng. Nhưng sau này, một biến cố lớn đem Lynn đi xa khỏi gia đình Takeshima, khiến cho Katie dù muốn hay không cũng phải trưởng thành, cần phải lớn lên, để cùng cậu em Sammy yêu thương chăm sóc ba mẹ thay cả phần của Lynn nữa. Khi đọc cuốn sách này, mình đặc biệt thích đoạn Katie kể một kỷ niệm về chị của mình. Đó là vào một ngày đầy gió, hai chị em leo lên mái nhà cùng hai hộp khăn giấy trong tay, và thả chúng bay khắp cánh đồng bắp. Katie nói, nhìn chúng hệt như những cánh bướm khổng lồ. Sau đó, tuy hai chị em bị phạt vì đã phung phí khăn giấy, nhưng trong tâm hồn hai đứa trẻ, cũng thật xứng đáng để được ngắm nhìn cảnh tượng mê li trên cánh đồng này. “Lynn có thể dùng một vật dụng hàng ngày đơn giản, thông thường như một hộp khăn giấy và dùng nó để chỉ ra thế giới diệu kỳ tới chừng nào. Chị có thể chứng minh điều này bằng nhiều cách khác nhau, với khăn giấy hay bong bóng xà phòng hay có lẽ cả với một ngọn cỏ. Đây là ý nghĩa chính trong cuộc đời của chị tôi.”

  • Ly Arsenal
    2019-05-22 01:48

    Nửa đầu cuốn sách thật sự không mấy cuốn hút (như mong đợi), cơ bản vẫn miêu tả hơi nhiều (hơi dài dòng) về bối cảnh cuộc sống của gia đình người Nhật trên đất Mỹ (sau nội chiến), vẫn là tình bạn, tình chị em bình dị nhẹ nhàng, cùng với đó là sự xa lánh và kì thị chủng tộc.Nhưng xuyên suốt câu chuyện là cảm nhận về sự tinh tế, chân thành trong tình cảm ấy, của sự mong ước về một cuộc sống tốt đẹp hơn. Ta nhận ra suy nghĩ ấy trưởng thành lên từng ngày dù sự thật ngày càng khắc nghiệt. Nhưng rồi tất cả chao đảo, chơi vơi khi sự chia ly xảy ra: "liệu khi ra đi chị có đau đớn không, chị đã nghĩ gì khi ấy, có phải chị ao ước được tự do như cánh bướm?"Trong sáng, bình dị, một tác phẩm phù hợp cho trẻ em 7-10 tuổi.Với tác phẩm đã đoạt giải Newberry này mình đánh giá tầm 3-3.5*

  • Mayra
    2019-05-15 23:47

    This was a great book, portraying the theme of antiracism. The author it so poetic, but in a realistic kind of way, the way that makes writing sound beautiful. I am not usually the kind of person who likes Newberry books, so when my friend Lauren forced this book into my hand, I put it back on the shelf. What was I thinking! She did it a second time, and this time I actually checked it out of the library. They say that a good author can make you feel anything, and as I read the life story of a little girl Katie in this story, I laughed, and definitely cried. At the end it gets so sad, but I really love it. This is probably my favorite book ever.

  • ليلي
    2019-05-01 18:51

    خیلی خوب بود. خیلی خیلی هم خوب، هم غم انگیز.ولی از این داستانای ناراحت کننده ای که خوشت هم میاد از ناراحتیش، نه از اونایی که زجرت میدن(مثل روزینیا

  • Laina
    2019-05-01 22:12

    This was truly an ingenious book. Maybe I love it right now more that I would at another time, but that does not change the fact that it has changed me.Obviously, my favorite thing about this book was the relationship between Katie and her sister, Lynn. I loved the childhood memories and the way Katie fondly recalled Lynn. I have a sister four years older that me, and I felt like I was reading a story so similar to ours. My sister is the smarter, the sweet,er the better, and I adore her so much. I also could relate to that time when Lynn starts to change and Katie is still left a child.Thankfully, I could not relate to when Lynn started dieing, but when her life finally was over, I wept so hard. I went into the bathroom to find my face was black from running makeup. I felt the cut very keenly in my own soul as I'm sure Katie felt it in hers. It made me miss my sister who just left to college. :(One thing I really loved about this book was Katie's voice. She wasn't smart, and so the writing might seem annoying to some, but I thought it was clear and beautiful. I loved seeing things through her eyes. It was interesting to see how she interpreted her sister's illness, her brother, and her parents. This was just a very real book. It's not very often I read something that feels so honest and raw. It was beautiful.

  • Brittney
    2019-05-01 20:02

    This book takes place in Georgia in the 1950's. This book is fictional and a young adult book. The main characters of Kira-Kira are Katie and Lynn. This book is about a little girl named Katie who moves to Georgia from Iowa with her family. Katie and her older sister were very close but when they moved to Georgia everything changed. Lynn changes when she meets a new friend and forgets about Katie. After a couple of months Lynn gets very sick and is unable to go to school. At that time Katie didn't have any friends because her parents were Japanese. As Lynn grows worse, Katie tries to remember everything that Lynn has told her has a child. Katie remembers Lynn's "kira-kira"(which means glittery in Japanese)the most.I believe the main idea of this story is try to find the kira-kira in everything. Also to not take things for grantite. The people who would like this book are the people who like heart warming stories and people who need to find something special in everything. My overall impression of this book is that it has a good theme to it. I liked this book because it tells you to find the glitter in the simple things. The reason I didn't like this book because it was sort of a drag. My impression of this book wasn't to bad but it wasn't the best book that I have read.

  • Erin
    2019-05-16 02:05

    Katie Takeshima's first word is "kira-kira," the Japanese term for "glittering." Her older sister, Lynn, is extremely intelligent and taught her this word. Katie and her family move south to Georgia, where there are less than fifty Japanese Americans alongside them. Her parents start jobs with long hours and inhumane treatment, in the hopes of one day getting a real house. The sisters save their candy money and are eventually able to donate it to the family to help in the purchase. Unfortunately, Lynn becomes ill with a devastating disease and Katie is forced to care for her while their parents are at work. Katie eventually feels angry when she cannot satisfy her sister's demands, but would do anything to try to please her. This story shows how Lynn's "kira-kira" outlook on life rubs off on Katie, their brother, and their family. In the midst of heartbreak, the family must band together and move on.

  • Daniel
    2019-05-17 01:07

    I am disappointed that this novel was chosen for the Newbery Medal Award. While not a bad book, by any means, I didn't feel that this story every struck any particularly strong chords or said anyting in a new and creative way. It seemed all too obvious that the sister was going to die, very early in the book. It also seemed too obvious that the parents were likely to vote for the union despite their talk against it.The only thing that made this story slightly unique was that it was a Japanese family working in the Midwest and deep South. Otherwise, I didn't feel there were any fresh angles for this kind of story.A disappointing choice for medal winner, and not likely a book that I will go about recommending.

  • Haleema
    2019-04-27 01:56

    Beware of spoilers!Even though I thought this book was "ok", I still don't want to give it two stars because it just looks bad when you look at it overall.I knew Lynn was going to die. I think the author meant for that to happen anyway. There was really nothing to this story, though. I mean, two sisters love each other, think they're perfect, etc. Then they get a baby brother. Then one of them gets cancer. Then one of them dies. The end.I mean, I wish there was more to this book. More depth and character development. I know I'm being picky and maybe I'm not seeing much, but that's just my opinion.

  • Mai Lien Nguyen
    2019-05-12 03:12

    Thích truyện này kinh khủnggggg, mà giờ có lẽ hỏi thích vì lý do gì chắc cũng không rõ nữa.Có phải vì một hồi đơ đơ, đọc vài cuốn sách, chữ cứ lơ lửng bay qua không biết rõ cảm xúc của mình như thế nào, đến khi đọc Kira Kira mới giật mình như tỉnh giấc? Kira Kira đến với mình như kiểu tình yêu sét đánh, ấn tượng mãi không quên. Hay giống như tìm được một phần bé nhỏ của mình trong đó (nhiều chuyện xấu giống em nhỏ :P), và thấy cuộc sống cứ lấp lánh lấp lánh mãi dẫu cho chúng ta hàng ngày vẫn gặp phải những chuyện không vui, thậm chí là chia ly với những người thân thiết.

  • Glaiza
    2019-05-15 03:04

    Sometimes, I think middle-grade books prepare people for the real world in a quiet way - equal parts gritty reality & comfort in hope. I didn't realise this story would also explore grief in a visceral way (view spoiler)[ It's always hard for me to read funeral scenes and scenes around loved ones with long-term illnesses because they bring back memories (hide spoiler)] but I would recommend this to all kids. I can see why so many of my friends loved this book when they were younger. The story also later touches on Buddhist beliefs around the afterlife.

  • Philip
    2019-05-09 21:55

    I don't know... two stars seems awfully stingy for a Newberry winner. But, whatever. You can't win them all. Maybe it was because I listened to this book and it was one that needed to be read. (Which also accounts for why I'm probably misspelling all the names.)If you didn't read it, I fully intend on spoiling everything. And soon. So at least prepare yourself.Lynn dies. Alright, we all saw that one coming. And actually, I didn't have a problem with that. I kinda thought Sammy was going to die too, but he pulled through after having his leg caught in a steel trap.I get that some people get annoyed at all the sentimental dog, girl, best-friend, girl-friend, best-dog-girlfriend end-of-the-book deaths there are out there. I get annoyed by it sometimes too, but for me the death was the best part about the book. I don't mean that in a sarcastic way either, I thought it was well written, clear, and moving. Not all death scenes are like that. This one wasn't forced. It was foreshadowed, but not spoon-fed. And it wasn't a jump the shark, coming out of nowhere death either.My problem with the book was that I didn't really care that much about the rest of it. I found myself zoning out during instead of engulfed. That's not the place I want to be when I read (or listen to) a book.Furthermore, I'm looking for books to use cross-curricularly and although this one was good - dealing with some racial tensions, Japanese-American culture, and touching on Buddhism - it just wasn't enough. There are better fits out there.Are two stars too stingy? Perhaps. But that's what we're all here for folks.

  • D.C.
    2019-04-26 21:48

    I can't say how much I loved this. It's got lots of serious issues in it, with just a few of them featuring loss, racism, cruelty, and lots of other stuff all presented greatly from a child's point of view. Which leads me to my next point: the narrative. The narration sounds exactly like you'd expect a nine year old girl to sound. The writing isn't beautiful, and it's very simple, but that's because Kadohata really put herself into the head of her protagonist and made herself sound exactly like the person she was trying to develop. It also had me laughing (sometimes hard) at the bits of "child wisdom" and the wicked bits of humor that lighten up some of the darker parts of the story. I'm surprised more people haven't commented on the gut-busting hilarity of it. But as mentioned, with some of the issues discussed, I really think this one is for the 12-and-ups, despite the young protagonist. Heartily recommended.

  • haley
    2019-05-11 20:15

    The story was predictable, but honestly that doesn't matter. It's a simple story but a powerful one. One of the morals of the story is to look for something "Kira-Kira", or "glittering" in everything. And that's a pretty great moral. I don't have a sister, so I can't personally relate to Katie and Lynn's relationship, but I thought their bond was very sweet. The main focus of the story is Katie and Lynn's relationship, but there are other things going on too, like the racism prevalent in the American South in the '50s, and unions for factory workers. I think this historical fiction book is perfect for kids, to introduce them to these topics in a gentle way. Kira-Kira is a good book, and I recommend. Three stars.

  • Erika Tortorice
    2019-05-20 03:05

    This historical fiction novel kept me intrigued to find out what would happen. A young Japanese girl named Katie tells of a story about her relationship with her sister Lynnie. She builds up that connection they have, by telling stories of struggles she and her family face and how her sister is a big part of all of them. Lynnie is sick various times throughout the book, but it never quite allows the reader to know how sick until the end. It leaves you wondering, will she be okay or will she die? I found myself not being able to put the book down until I finished reading it. This book could be incorporated into a lesson teaching about books containing historical fiction, since it touches on racism in the united states and the intorduction of unions during that time period.