As sisters Katie Takeshima and her older sister Lynn enjoy a special relationship. Katie looks up to her older sister, because she seems so smart. Lynn helps Katie to find the "kira-kira" the special things all around in the world.
But then Lynn gets lymphoma. In the face of medical bills and Lynn's declining health it is harder and harder to find "kira-kira."
“Becoming Naomi León,” by Pam Munoz Ryan
Naomi León has lived with her grandmother for most of her life, ever since her real mother abandoned her. Naomi loves her grandmother, but she has always wondered why her mother didn't want her.
Then Naomi's mother returns. She has changed her name, and now she wants to change Naomi's life. She wants to separate her from her mentally disabled brother and take her away to live with her, but Naomi is afraid of her mother.
“Waiting for Normal”, by Leslie Connor
After her parent's separation Addie ended up living with her mother. She misses her step sisters, who are now living with her father, but she also doesn't want to leave her mother.
But Addie's mother sometimes leaves for days on end. Addie knows such neglect is not a normal family life and she wishes that she could live with her step father.
“Ruby Holler,” by Sharon Creech
Twin orphans Dallas and Florida have never been able to find a home. They end up getting sent back by everyone who offers to take them. The twins start to think of themselves as troublemakers that no one wants.
But then an older couple offers to take them to live with them in their old home in a beautiful place called Ruby Holler.