Cynthia Kadohata’s Kira-Kira is an amazing novel that has debuted in children’s literature by winning the Newbery Medal in 2005. The novel conveys a strong tale through the voice of Katie Takeshima, 10 years old Japanese-American girl. The term Kira-Kira refers to ‘glittering’ or ‘shining’ in Japanese speech. Kadohata has successfully delivered the true meaning of the topic through the flow of the fictional tale. For this reason, I would like to applaud Kadohara’s effort.
The plot is based on the young girl Katie’s relationship with her teenage sister Lynn. Katie was taught about the word Kira-Kira by her beloved sister Lynn. So, they usually used to apply the term to those things that sparkled in their lives. Lynn was very intelligent, self-dependent, sensible and Katie’s best friend. Therefore, Katie considered Lynn as ‘Kira Kira’ type of person. When Katie‘s family lost their business in Lowa, they had to move on to Georgia. There they started chicken hatchery. Afterwards, with some difficulty both the sisters got an opportunity to attend the school. However, the results of Katie were in ‘C’ grade line while Lynn used to get straight ‘A’ grade. Lynn was the one who became the supportive companion to Katie when they first moved to Georgia. She always taught Katie to be optimistic, independent and save money for their parents. The supportive nature, sweetness, and love between these sisters developed a kind of warm feeling within me. I really appreciate the plot depicting a sensible view of Lynn and the effort of Katie.
Cynthia Kadohata has successfully assembled the tragic part in Kira Kira. I literally cried and wanted to keep the book aside being unable to face the death of Lynn. Actually, I didn’t want to miss their little tough little sweet family lifestyle. When the Takeshima family succeeded in owning their own home in America and felt their lives will forever be good, Lynn starts to face serious health problems. After some periods, Lynn’s Kira-Kira diminished and destroyed the happiness and joy of owning a piece of the American dream.
Kira-Kira by Kadohata is a masterpiece delivering the story of strength and spirit, a well-developed character. The story flows like a mountain stream over the years. Whenever Katie deals with any difficulties and problems in her life, she is guided and supported by the love and affection of her family. What else could be a great read if you get to read a book pack of a hardworking family, supportive and determined older sister, innocent and sweet young sister? You get to decode a lot from this novel so I would highly recommend this book to soft genre lovers. As it holds precious positive messages and positive characters, Kids should definitely read this book once.