Kira-Kira is by Cynthia Kadohata. Set in Georgia in the 1950s, this is the story of a Japanese family trying to better themselves. While both parents work in chicken processing plants, Katie and her younger brother Sam are cared for by their older sister Lynn. When Lynn becomes severely ill the family begins to disintegrate. Katie must find a way to remind her family that there are always bright spots in life as long as they have each other. A touching coming-of-age story.
Ratings: 6th grade - 8 out of 10 - P (profanity)