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.