Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Kira-Kira



The 2005 Newbery Award winner by Cynthia Kadohata, follows the Takeshima family from Iowa to Georgia in the 1950's. The funny and poignant story shows the working conditions in a non-unionized poultry plant and the racial prejudice the Japanese-American family experiences.Kira-Kira is the Japanese word for glittering, and the character Katie uses it frequently. When her older sister, Lynn, becomes ill, Katie tries to find ways to ease her sister's pain. Often sad, but also inspirational, this well-written novel will touch hearts.-Xochiquetzal

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