The Year of the Rat
The Year of the Rat
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Series: Pacy Lin Novel   

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Annotation: In the Chinese Year of the Rat, a young Taiwanese American girl faces many challenges: her best friend moves to California and a new boy comes to her school, she must find the courage to forge ahead with her dream of becoming a writer and illustrator, and she must learn to find the beauty in change.
Catalog Number: #6577723
Format: Paperback
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Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 182 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-316-53134-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-316-53134-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2007012327
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Readers first encountered Grace, the daughter of Taiwanese parents, in The Year of the Dog (2006), in which she met a new friend, Melody, and found her life's purpose as a writer. Now, it's the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat, a year with the reputation for changes. Sure enough, Melody, Grace's "almost twin," moves to California, leaving Grace to try and make new friends and learn how to be true to herself and her writing. In a moving subplot, Grace comes face to face with her own prejudice: an Asian boy joins her class, and Grace wants no part of him. As in the previous offering, the text is given depth by Grace's parents' stories about their own childhoods, and enlivened by charming ink drawings, which range from the illustrations of people that inhabit Grace's world to simple items, such as birthday cakes and holiday food. An endearing story that will touch readers
Horn Book
The Year of the Rat brings major change for Pacy (The Year of the Dog), as her best friend moves away. Pacy also starts doubting her resolution to become a writer/illustrator. Lin deftly handles Pacy's dilemmas and internal struggles with sensitivity and tenderness, keeping a hopeful and childlike tone that will inspire empathy. Appealing line drawings appear throughout.
Kirkus Reviews
Being rude on Chinese New Year can bring bad luck. After Pacy teases her older sister at the New Year's dinner, a series of bad things happen. Her best friend Melody moves to California and a Chinese boy, "fresh off the boat," moves into Melody's house. Pacy's elementary-school classmates make fun of Dun-Wei and she's embarrassed by the connection. Former friends make her uncomfortable, and school doesn't go as well. Still hoping to be an author and illustrator, Pacy can't figure out how her personal talents will fit into the class talent show. Just in time for the Year of the Rat comes this follow-up to Year of the Dog (2006), which introduced Pacy's Taiwanese-American family. As before, Lin liberally illustrates self-contained short chapters with small line drawings. From time to time relatives tell stories from their own earlier lives, recalling Chinese folklore, growing up in Taiwan and Pacy's infancy. Readers of this gentle, appealing sequel will appreciate the way the engaging protagonist discovers she can survive the changes a new year brings. (Fiction. 8-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-This compact sequel to The Year of the Dog (Little, Brown, 2006) charts an eventful year, based on the author's own childhood. As the story opens, Pacy (who uses an American name, Grace, at school) is celebrating Chinese New Year with her family and friends. Their gatherings always center on food and the delightful stories her parents tell of their lives in Taiwan and of coming to America. As Pacy's dad relates the story of the rat and the Chinese zodiac, her mother notes that the Year of the Rat is a time for making changes. Change quickly becomes the hallmark of the protagonist's year: her best friend moves to California, and Pacy must adjust to a new teacher and new relationships. When a boy from China arrives at her school, her classmates tease him for being different. Pacy watches guiltily until she finds the courage to speak up for him. Lin's handling of the situation as related through a child's perspective is graceful and sensitive. Young readers will find this episodic, character-driven short novel appealing and relate to its authentically childlike Pacy, whose family's Thanksgiving feast includes both huo guo (Chinese hot pot) dishes and a small turkey. Lin's plentiful detailed line drawings add to the story's appeal. This heartwarming sequel will leave readers hoping for more about this engaging heroine and her family.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Word Count: 27,237
Reading Level: 4.6
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.6 / points: 4.0 / quiz: 119493 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 730L
Guided Reading Level: Q
Fountas & Pinnell: Q

A fresh new look for this modern classic by the Newbery-Award winning and bestselling author of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

In this sequel to Year of the Dog, Pacy has another big year in store for her. The Year of the Dog was a very lucky year: she met her best friend Melody and discovered her true talents. However, the Year of the Rat brings big changes: Pacy must deal with Melody moving to California, find the courage to forge on with her dream of becoming a writer and illustrator, and learn to face some of her own flaws. Pacy encounters prejudice, struggles with acceptance, and must find the beauty in change.

Based on the author's childhood adventures, Year of the Rat, features the whimsical black and white illustrations and the hilarious and touching anecdotes that helped Year of the Dog earn rave reviews and satisfied readers.

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