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Author: Cynthia Kadohata Narrator: Elaina Erika Davis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9780307281876
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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The vivid writing and the portrayal of a most loving and honorable father lift this above the norm. ‘Kira-kira’ is Japanese for glittering, and Kadohata’s Katie sparkles.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “All of the characters are believable and well developed, especially Katie, who acts as a careful observer of everything that happens in her family, even though there is a lot she doesn’t understand. Especially heartbreaking are the weeks leading up to Lynn’s death, when Katie is exhausted and frustrated by the demands of her sister’s illness, yet willing to do anything to make her happy. Girls will relate to and empathize with the appealing protagonist.”

    School Library Journal

  • Winner of the 2005 Newbery Medal
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Cynthia Kadohata is the author of the National Book Award winner The Thing About Luck; several Newbery Medal winners, including Kira-Kira and Weedflower; and several critically acclaimed adult novels. She has published numerous short stories in such journals as the New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Grand Street. 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