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A novel by Cynthia Kadohata that won the Newbery Medal for Children's Literature in 2005.
Taking place in the 1950s, the story revolves around Katie Takeshima, a Japanese-American girl who looks up to her sister, Lynn, because she reminds Katie to always look at the bright side of life by knowing that the future is always glittering: kira-kira. After her parents move from Iowa to Georgia to get jobs at chicken hatcheries, Lynn develops anemia and later lymphoma.
Kira-Kira provides examples of:
- Bittersweet Ending
- Child Prodigy: Lynn can beat her Uncle Katsuhisa, a self-proclaimed chess grand master, at his own game.
- Coming of Age Story
- Death by Newbery Medal
- Deep South
- Ill Girl: Lynn.
- Innocent Prodigy: Lynn.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: "It seemed that at this moment I was inside a story. This was the story of my life, and I did not know what any of it meant."