Kira Kira by Cynthia Kadohata - Katie and her family are Japanese and move from a Japanese community to the deep south in Georgia. Katie has a hard time getting used to all of the people staring at her and it is a difficult adjustment for them. I read this book a few years ago so the details are a bit fuzzy, but the book did give a good sense of place. I got annoyed at eh character Katie because she always said she was a bad girl, but she never did anything to prove it.
|"Don't take my word for it."*|
Ha barely speaks English and encounters many new experiences - fried chicken, Christmas, and kids at school with many different skin tones. She is bullied for her different looks and considered dumb because she hasn't mastered English grammar.
Lai writes based on her own personal experience as a refugee in Alabama which makes this book and her impressions even more authentic. She is truly a poet and can give a great sense of place in just a few words. If you like novels in verse I strongly recommend this book.
*I was told my book reviews would be a lot more interesting with pictures of Joshua.