It's the Chinese Year of the Dog, and as Pacy celebrates with her family, the 4th grader discovers that this is the year she is supposed to "find herself." Universal themes of friendship, family, and finding one's passion in life make this novel appealing to readers of all backgrounds. This funny and profound book is a wonderful debut novel by a prolific picture book author and illustrator and has all the makings of a classic.
"A lighthearted coming-of-age novel with a cultural twist. Readers follow Grace, an American girl of Taiwanese heritage, through the course of one year -- The Year of the Dog -- as she struggles to integrate her two cultures. Throughout the story, her parents share their own experiences that parallel events in her life. These stories serve a dual purpose; they draw attention to Graces cultural background and allow her to make informed decisions." -- School Library Journal
"Lin, who is known for her picture books, dots the text with charming ink drawings, some priceless, such as one picturing Grace dressed as a munchkin.... Lin does a remarkable job capturing the soul and the spirit of books like those of Hayward or Maud Hart Lovelace, reimagining them through the lens of her own story, and transforming their special qualities into something new for today's young readers." -- Booklist
|Recommended Age||7 - 12|
|Special Features||Mighty Girl Top Picks|
|Publication Date||May 2, 2007|
|Publisher||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
|Series Name||Pacy Lin Books|