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Kira-Kira (Newbery Medal Book)

  Author(s) & Illustrator(s): Cynthia Kadohata

  Edition: Hardcover -- Plot Summary and Book Review

Kira-Kira (Hardcover)    

  • "Kira-Kira" by Cynthia Kadohata is a beautifully written fiction novel for young adults. The 2005 Newbery Medal winner tells a moving story from the point of view of Katie, a Japanese American girl, whose family moves to Georgia in the late 1950s. Kira-Kira means glittering in Japanese. Katie loves her elder sister, Lynn. It is Lynn who teaches her to appreciate "Kira-Kira" in daily life. When Lynn falls ill with lymphoma, the family has to struggle like never before. Their parents work extremely long hours in bad working conditions to pay for Lynn's medical bills and their house. But the love and bond between the family members help them through it all. "Kira-Kira" appeals to teens in 8th grade and up. Girls will especially empathize with the main characters of this award-winning book.
  • Reading Level: young adult
  • Hardcover, 256 pages
  • ISBN: 0689856393
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Book Themes: Family, Multicultural

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