Monday, April 02, 2007

Kira-Kira (book review)

Kira-Kira is Japanese for glittering. In this novel by Cynthia Kadohata, a young Japanese-American girl, Katie, discovers the true meaning of Kira-Kira.

Katie has always been close to her big sister Lynn. They were the best of friends. To Lynn, Kira-Kira means one’s eyes, the endless sky, and the deep, mysterious ocean. To Katie, it means anything from a puppy to a Kleenex.

The two have always been at home with their parents in a snug house in Iowa. But changes are on the way, and they aren’t all good. And in the middle of it all, Lynn starts drifting away from Katie. Soon, a tragedy strikes that will separate them forever.

When finally things start to settle down, Katie finds herself discovering the true meaning of family, friendship, and Kira-Kira.

The story was a very sad one, but I believe it is one of the best books you could ever read.


**This book was read for school; it is not from the reading challenges.

5 comments:

Jean said...

Kira-Kira won the Newbery Medal as the best children's book of 2005, so you were certainly right in your review about its being a great book. I always liked books about sisters when I was younger, maybe because I don't have a sister. And I like reading sad books sometimes, not all the time, because they usually make you think about things you might otherwise not think about, and that can be good. I just read a sort of sad book myself, A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell. It was set in Italy during World War II and was very well written. The main story line was about Jews hiding from the Nazis, and one of the main themes was how much of life (or death) is just plain luck--good or bad. Lots to think about there, certainly.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Wow, sounds like another great book! In fact, one I would like to read, great review Annie :) I don't like sad books, but I do like books that touch me and move me, and this one sounds like it would.

Rachel said...

nobody is telling the point of veiw of Kira-Kira

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