This is not exactly a happy book, but it does lead the reader to feel part of Katie's family, and to enjoy all the moments of joy (kira-kira, as Katie and Lyn would say) that the characters experience. It reads like a non-fiction memoir, though it is truly a work of fiction. Readers who enjoy moving stories about real-life situations, realistic but amazing characters, tales of what it's like to be an outside in a small community, and seeing how people deal with their problems and solve them will enjoy this book. It made me cry at times (yes, Mister K is a sensitive guy), and cheer at others. This book helps you to see that life is full of trouble, but also quite a bit of kira-kira.
Kira-Kira was awarded the John Newbery medal in 2005, which means a bunch of important librarians liked it too.