Kira Kira

By: Cynthia Kadohata

“Lynn could take an everyday object and use it to prove how amazing the world was…”

Lynn had always been viewing the world in a special way, seeing everything kira-kira. (Kira-Kira means glittering in Japanese) Seeing everything as “shining and special” wasn’t always very easy. Have you been in the situation where you wanted to be positive, but it just seemed impossible? Have you ever wanted to cry your sadness out and release your anger? If you have, Kira-Kira maybe the perfect book for you to read. The author Cynthia Kadohata takes you through an amazing story about siblings facing this problem.

Kira-Kira is a realistic fiction book where Lynn, along with her sister Katie faces racism problems. Lynn told Katie to see everything kira-kira just like she did. Soon after, they had to move from Iowa to Georgia because their dad needed a job. Then Lynn gets desperately ill and they struggled with their medical bills. Lynn couldn’t go to school and had to take pills and eat liver. Katie was facing racism problems against classmates at school. Their father lost his job and Katie’s little brother Sam got hurt and had to go to the hospital too. Everything seemed to be horrible. Can Katie still find something kira-kira in the worst circumstances?

I think Katie is a very special person because it is Katie who is willing to go out and find the bright thing in the future even in the worst circumstances. She has learned to look beyond tomorrow. Everytime in the book where she is positive, it reminds me of how I try to become positive in different situations. For example, if I get a bad grade on a quiz, I try to think “I can learn from my mistakes and do better next time” instead of being negative. But we are different in some ways too. Sometimes when I try to be positive, I fail and can’t change my point of view. But in this story, Katie was really strong and could be positive. I understand how hard is it to be like that, so I could really relate to the book. I think that is one of the reasons why I enjoyed this book!

Lastly, I would recommend Kira-Kira to anyone who is struggling in trying to be positive. You would be able to make a lot of connections with the characters throughout this book. Also, if you want to improve your relationship with your sibling, this would be the perfect book for you! For me, I would say this book is for a 5th or 6th grader. It isn’t very hard to understand, but this book contains a lot of feelings. Have fun reading and making connections!

By: Emily L.

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