Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, has a way of making everything seem 'kira-kira' -- glittering. When Katie and her family move from a Japanese community in Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia, Lynn explains to Katie why people stop on the street to stare.

And it's Lynn who, with her special way of viewing the world, teaches Katie to look beyond tomorrow, even when tragedy strikes.

Awards Won by this book

  - Newbery Medal Winner 2005
  - American Library Association Notable Children's Book 2005

Reading Levels for this book

Interest Level:  Gr. 6-9              DRA Level:  50             Lexile Measure:  740L
Grade Equivalent:  4.5            Guided Reading: T

This book was an honoree for the prestigious Newbery Award for best children's literature. Click to see the full list of Newbery Award Winners.

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