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“My all time favorite novel. I read this book a few years ago when it first came out and I can still say it's at the top of my list. The story is deep and moving and although the reading level isnt too high the issues that it addresses can be relatively mature. It's the only book that's made me cry.”see full review » see other reviews »
“very moving book, sorta made me cry...”Rachel wrote this review yesterday. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“17th May 2013 (p.94- 244)
I think this book was okay, it was interesting but not really the kind of story that you can't put down. The author's craft was interesting because the story was written from a little girl's point of view. This was different from any other book I ever read. Since Katie is younger, she doesn't understand everything going on around her. One thing that I thought was weird was that Katie's point of view, and way of thinking and writing stayed very similar through out the entire book, even though she was growing up. The author wrote it in a way that made the reader think Katie was still a young child. It wasn't until the end that I realized how much she had grown- she was now 12 years old. Although her writing and thinking were still similar, her actions changed. When Lynn, Katie's older sister, becomes very ill and is diagnosed with cancer, her parents have to work for even longer hours to pay for her treatment. They are nearly never home, and when they are, their main concern is obviously Lynn. They are too tired to take care of Katie and her younger brother, Sammy. This changes Katie a lot. She ends up taking care of both her older sister and her younger brother. She does everything possible to help her sister get better, and becomes more responsible and independent. Overall, it was a good book, and the author's craft made it different.
12th May 2013 (p.1- 94)
So far, this book is very interesting. It relates to our previous unit, because it is at the time when there were power issues between certain races, which resulted in segregation. It is written from Katie, a little girl's perspective, which of course makes everything different from the way it really is. She does not understand everything that is going on, so she interprets it wrong, and when she asks, is told something different to protect her and keep her happy. The main focus of the story so far is not really segregation, but it is important to understand the characters, the events, etc. I thought that at the time, all Japanese were treated the same way in all the states but when Katie and her sister Lynn move from Iowa to Georgia, they instantly feel that they are being treated differently. They didn't fit in the way they did in Iowa. In Iowa, there was a larger population of Japanese, while in Georgia there was a huge population, but a small number of Japanese. Her dad, who had lost his job in Iowa, had to accept a job in a poultry industry where he would work longer hours, and earn less money. This was a job for the lowest class, which were the Japanese. They also have to sit in specific places, separated from the Americans. At school, Lynn and Katie also notice that they have no friends, and everyone ignores them. At first, Katie doesn't understand why, until Lynn explains to her what is going on.
“"A memorable story."
“kira kira is about two sisters that move to georgia with thier family and go on some crazy misadventures thier two names are kira kira”CODY LEE wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This story is set in rural Georgia in the 1950s when their was still prejudice against the Japanese. Throughout the story you can see the effects of their hardship. Katie loves her older sister Lynn who always takes care of her. She takes care of her through their move to Georgia and the new stress of school. She takes care of her through all the major changes in Katie's life. Katie's world turns upside down when Lynn gets sick and Katie has to become the responsible daughter. At first, she is mad at Lynn for always being so "tired" but then she learns that the lymphoma means that Lynn might die. Katie has to grow up faster than most children would now because of all the hardships her family must face.
I could use this book in a lesson about heroes and how sometimes those we look up to can seem very weak, but that through their image we can still find strength within ourselves. We have to take the strength they've taught us to have and use it. ”
“Great book so far!!”Indie Renee E. wrote this review Friday, April 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very good so far”Tawaq Shotonwa wrote this review Friday, April 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was very good. It was well written. It's a tear jerker, and I cried, but I cry whenever I read/watch/hear anything that's remotely sad.”Sophie E wrote this review Friday, April 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In this endearing book, the Takeshima family moves to Georgia so that Katie's parents can work in the chicken factory. There, young Katie learns about Southern racism and the practically-slave-labor conditions of factory workers. But when Katie's older sister Lynn becomes sick, Katie learns the hardest lesson of all...This is a sweet story - and pretty typical for Newbery winners. (Newbery judges certainly like bereavement, racism, and Southern settings!) The character in the book ranges from about 5-7, I'd say, but I think the subject and reading level is more appropriate for a 10-12 year old. ”Rachel B wrote this review Monday, April 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No