kira-kira-by-cynthia-kadohataKira Kira
Author: Cynthia Kadohata
Call No.: J KAD

Even when their peaceful family moves from their Japanese community in Iowa, Lynn is the one who still makes the different things shine. Lynn, the one with the ability to see what no one else sees, teaches Katie to look far beyond the thought of tomorrow.

When Katie’s family moves from their Japanese community to a new place where they are the only Japanese, they are alienated and often looked down upon. Lynn, Katie’s older sister is always the one who affirms her little sister that they are not outsiders and that they did nothing wrong. She makes the different things shine, she sees what no one else sees, and she teaches Katie to look far beyond the thought of tomorrow.

However, when Lynn becomes seriously sick and the family starts to fall apart, Katie is the one who reminds them that even if they do not believe in themselves, there will always be something glittering in the future. But if Katie has no one to rely on…how will she survive? Moreover, Katie’s mother is working a few jobs and with Lynn lying in bed not able to do anything and her father is not at home, Katie has to look after her younger brother and herself at the same time.

I really enjoyed this book thoroughly as I can relate to Katie because whenever I feel sad or upset, I will always look for someone to comfort me and assure me that nothing is wrong. Although Katie was timid in the beginning of the story, you can see that she becomes braver by the day. This book is very touching and I think that the author is able to make you understand and feel the problems that Katie and her family went through.

Book Review by: Natalie, CHIJ St Joseph’s Convent

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