By Cynthia Kadohata
kira-kira (kee' ra kee' ra): glittering; shining
Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes every little thing look. The sky is kira-kira simply because its colour is deep yet see-through while. the ocean is kira-kira for a similar cause. And so are people's eyes. whilst Katie and her kinfolk circulation from a jap neighborhood in Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia, it's Lynn who explains to her why humans cease them in the street to stare. And it's Lynn who, together with her precise manner of viewing the realm, teaches Katie to appear past the next day to come. but if Lynn turns into desperately in poor health, and the complete kin starts off to disintegrate, it really is as much as Katie to discover the way to remind all of them that there's constantly whatever glittering—kira-kira—in the future.
Luminous in its endurance of affection and wish, Kira-Kira is Cynthia Kadohata's beautiful debut in middle-grade fiction.
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