Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
  

Kira-Kira

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Synopsis

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

kira-kira (kee'ra kee'ra): glittering; shining This is Katie Takeshima's first word, taught to her by big sister Lynn. Lynn is the person who can always make things glitter, even when the family is forced to move from a Japanese community in Iowa to the less welcoming Deep South of Georgia. As a member of one of the seven Japanese families in a large town, Katie is initially friendless, attracting stares on the street. But she is too busy having fun with her sister to take notice - Lynn reads to her, and explains the important things in life with an unquenchable sense of optimism. When Lynn becomes seriously ill, she is slowly sapped of her vital energy, rendering it Katie's responsibility to make things 'kira-kira'. From stealing a bottle of pink nail varnish for her sister to trying harder at school, she finds ways to keep hope alive, even as Lynn's health deteriorates further. This is a truly inspirational story, told with humour and subtlety.

About the Author

Cynthia Kadohata is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning book Kira-Kira, the National Book Award winner The Thing About Luck, the Jane Addams Peace Award and Pen USA Award winner Weedflower, Cracker!, Outside Beauty, A Million Shades of Gray, Half a World Away, and several critically acclaimed adult novels, including The Floating World. She lives with her hockey-playing son and dog in West Covina, California.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Author

Cynthia Kadohata
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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Children's an imprint of Simon & Schuster

Publication date

7th November 2005

ISBN

9781416910459


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