With a 1 year old, my trips to the library have become incredibly short. I snake through the aisles and displays in less than 5 minutes while my wide-eyed baby, seeing opportunity in the form of books to be knocked off the shelves, grunts, points, and attempts to fling herself from my arms. Consequently, I can say that I now most definitely judge a book by it’s cover.
My process is this: I scan a shelf or display and grab the most attractive book to my eyes. I read a sentence or two of the summary and make my decision then and there. I come home with a dozen books I really know nothing about. Thank goodness libraries are free!
This novel, Kira Kira, by Cynthia Kadohata, was one of those quickly found choices. I must say, I chose well on this one.
The story is about a Japanese American family in the 1950′s trying to make it through tough economic times while tragedy hovers above them. Told through the eyes of the younger sister, we see the deep love of sisters and the importance of family love. The story is a young adult story, so it is a fast read. It’s uplifting and heartbreakingly sad at the same time. Well worth your time.