Kira-Kira, by Cynthia Kadohata

Have you ever felt unbearable grief that at any moment could just wash over you and make you feel all terrible and scrunched up on the inside? Or, have you ever been mad at your siblings and want to punch them in the face? If you have, Kira-Kira might just be the right book for you. Connect with the characters and find out the true meaning of grief and a real sibling versus sibling fight.

Kira-Kira is in the perspective of an eight-year-old Japanese girl, Katie. When Katie was little, her older sister, Lynn, told her that kira-kira means “glittering” in Japanese. So, Katie hung onto the word, spreading kira-kira to her family and making everything glitter. Later, Katie and her family move from the state of Iowa to the southern state of Georgia. During school, Lynn finds a friend named Amber and doesn’t pay very much attention to Katie. In the midst of this, Katie finds a friend from her mother’s workplace and they have fun together. Soon later, Lynn becomes very ill, having to miss school, eat liver, and take all sorts of pills. Do you think Lynn will hold on, or make her last breath?

I would recommend Kira-Kira to anyone that doesn’t appreciate their siblings. In Kira-Kira, Katie and Lynn were the best of friends, but later Lynn makes new friends and ditches Katie. And while Lynn is ill, she orders Katie around, who isn’t entirely fond of that. That’s why I feel like people would learn to appreciate their siblings more if they read this book. It would help them learn to not fight with their siblings.

I think Kira-Kira is good for those who don’t appreciate their siblings or have experienced grief. This book can help them understand what a relationship with your siblings should look like and what will happen if you turn the relationship with your siblings the wrong way.

By: Mikayla T.

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