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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,920 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cynthia Kadohata Narrator: Elaina Erika Davis Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN:
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kira-kira (kee' ra kee' ra): glittering; shining

Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason. And so are people's eyes. When Katie and her family move from a Japanese community in Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia, it's Lynn who explains to her why people stop them on the street to stare. And it's Lynn who, with her special way of viewing the world, teaches Katie to look beyond tomorrow. But when Lynn becomes desperately ill, and the whole family begins to fall apart, it is up to Katie to find a way to remind them all that there is always something glittering, kira-kira, in the future.

Luminous in its persistence of love and hope, Kira-Kira is Cynthia Kadohata's stunning debut in middle-grade fiction. Kira-Kira won the 2005 Newbery Medal for most distinguished American children's book.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ch_amyM | 2/20/2014

    " I listened to this book on cd, which was beautifully read, accents and all. It is the story of a young Japanese American girl and her family in the southeastern United States. She tells the story of their lives as seen through her innocent eyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cloe | 2/20/2014

    " Kira Kira is such a heart felt story. I wish all of the Authors would write like Cynthia Kadohata instead of things like all other books. The way Lynn shows Katie the glitter of life is a compleing and heart warming story of sisterhood. Keep On Reading!... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/13/2014

    " touching and evokes some emotion but not quite enough for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cielo | 2/3/2014

    " aww.. It's so nice. It's all about family. It also tells us about how kids live their lives. How they see things at such a very young age. This book tells me things about innocence and love for your family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Shiner | 12/20/2013

    " The book Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata is a great book. I recommend it to all girls are age. It is a very touching book. It is about a poor family who moves and Katie's older sister Lynn gets sick. As the story unravels the happiness turns into sadness. I found this book from my camp friend's who cried at camp because of this book. As I read it I felt my eyes start to water. It is a page turner making you read quicker and quicker to find out what happens to Lynn. As Katie and Lynn grow closer there friendship grows stronger. This relates to when my Grandpa died from cancer that he had for nine years. Overall, this book was great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica713 | 12/15/2013

    " the book was good but not great. in the beginning it was a little weird. Though in the end it was good but sad because the sister died.the younger one had enough of her sister being sick because she felt like it should of been her. in the middle of the book it just got depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 12/8/2013

    " A great Newbery winner I picked up from my school library. I really enjoyed this book. I only wish it could have been longer and perhaps given more of the story. Even with the sad plot, it was an enjoyable book and gave an interesting insight into a Japanese American girl in the 50's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LifeisWrite2196 | 11/25/2013

    " So sad and beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 713 Eliza | 10/29/2013

    " SAD REALLY GOOD "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nacho | 9/25/2013

    " Shining so brit, Kira-kira, was one of me favorite book babies! Can't say more, I will spoil the surprise for you! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SleepyFox | 9/21/2013

    " It was a good book but very sad at the end... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly Procida | 9/17/2013

    " What a fresh voice the author uses to tell what would otherwise be a very dark story. The hopeful innocence shines through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 8/29/2013

    " Lyrical, beautifully written, but too sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alma Maria | 8/6/2013

    " This was a good book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 6/19/2013

    " so sad but good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Izza Haziqah | 4/21/2013

    " The last time I read this was years ago, but I still remember how I felt as I read it. Kira-Kira is an amazingly heart-warming book about sisters and their family relationship as they move to a different environment. I'd definitely recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 3/1/2013

    " Good read, may have liked it better if I was younger. good story, easy reading, but felt "comfortable"....nothing like the visceral wrenching i got when i read "The Giver", for example. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/14/2013

    " Totally forgotten about this book. I must read it again!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara Garcia | 10/16/2012

    " I cannot believe how I fell in love with this book. The writing... the wit... the honesty. It was fantastic. And very refreshing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hanasd96 | 10/5/2012

    " I'm took an A.R. test on this. 70 percent :( oh well I'll go better next time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hpax | 8/3/2012

    " One of my all time favorites. This book made me laugh, made me cry, and made me yell out a few explicative words... All in all a great book for anyone looking for an amazing plot written in an easy-read style. Especially a good book for anyone with a sibling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia Lantz | 2/3/2012

    " I cried when I read the last few pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelby C | 10/5/2011

    " I thought the book was amazing, a very well thought out book. Lots of details and descriptions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 9/15/2011

    " Funny, sad and poignant. Middle-child Katie learns what it means to love and cherish your family, lose someone you love, and redefine yourself. Enlightening on the topic of chicken hatcheries in the 1950's and '60s and the role Japanese Americans played. Newbery Medal, 2005. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tnguyen | 7/9/2011

    " Kira-Kira was such a good book. I had read it many times and I'm never bored of it. I had different feelings when I read this book and I loved it. The good parts actually starts later in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lupita | 6/1/2011

    " I loved it! It has a really great plot and its easy to understand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nai | 5/16/2011

    " An inspiring tale of love, friendship, and the undeniable power of sisterhood. The bond between Katie and her other sister is incredible. The way their relationship develops as Katie grows older and wiser is fogiving in the most heart-felt way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Blaine | 5/10/2011

    " I know this is a Newbery winner and all, but I didn't particularly like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 5/4/2011

    " It was amazing! I love how every thing was decribed and written! "

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About the Author
Author Cynthia KadohataCynthia Kadohata is the author of the Newbery Medal–winning book Kira-Kira, the National Book Award winner The Thing About Luck, the Jane Addams Peace Award and Pen USA Award winner Weedflower, Cracker!, Outside Beauty, A Million Shades of Gray, and several critically acclaimed adult novels, including The Floating World. She lives with her son and dog in West Covina, California.
About the Narrator

Elaina Erika Davis has appeared in several Off-Broadway productions, including Red, Secret History of the Lower Eastside, and Troilus & Cressida, as well as on numerous television series, including The Guiding Light, All My Children, and Law & Order. She has narrated such notable audio books as Memoirs of a Geisha and Kira-Kira