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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 ...

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Overview

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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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316033619
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: A Pacy Lin Novel Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 84,052
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Grace Lin

Grace Lin is the award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator of Starry River of the Sky, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, The Year of the Dog, The Year of the Rat, Dumpling Days, and Ling & Ting, as well as picture books such as The Ugly Vegetables and Dim Sum for Everyone! Grace is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Massachusetts. Her website is www.gracelin.com.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Better than hunggerga Better than hungger games

    This is a great book! My favortie is dumppling days also by grace lin! MUST GET THIS AND THE REST OF HER BOOKS!
    -Kara breneman
    ***best books ever!***

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Simalar to 26 farmount avenue

    A great book. Written in the first person it is different from other books. It is great also to learn about the chinese cultere in this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2010

    Great book.

    Great life lessons. Well written and absorbing.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Grace lin

    Grace lin is an awesome writer i have year of the dog if u are thinking about buying get rightt now. She is one of my fav authors.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    IT IS SUCH A GREAT BOOK

    GRACE LIN IS SUCH A GREAT WRITER HER BOOKS ARE VERY GOOD ESPECIALLY WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON .I JUST LOVE HER BOOKS!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    Could'nt put it down!!

    This was very good. Grace Lin is a very good other!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2011

    Britney trinh

    I love the first book i want to read the sequeal so bad!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    Grace Lin is Amazing! I loved the book!

    She should have gotten a Newbery Award for this book. Say I if tou loved it! I I I!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2010

    Loved the first one!!!!

    i think this book and its prequel are great for kids learning English as a second language

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Best thing

    Amazing book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    I love this book

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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    The best book EVER is right here!

    Grace Lin has many AWESOME books and this is just one of them. This book is so worth buying it. But you can't just buy this one (cause I know you will like it ) buy every one of Grace Lin's books. If you know what I mean this book is also an Aecelarated Reader ( AR ). If you do not know what I mean do not worry, only some people know what it is. YOU WILL LOVE. THIS BOOK! I know so!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    AMAZING

    I LUV IT

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Hope its good

    I read the year ofrhe dog and it was awesome

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Awesome

    Love it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Awesome

    Grace Lin is a good author.I have read a lot of her books.My favorite books that she wrote are Dumpling Days and Year Of the Dog.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Stop!

    Whoever wrote thar december 30 comment, she might read these! Shes not vietnamese american, shes tiwanese american.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    The year of the rat

    This is an amazing book for all ages. It is about a young girl called Grace. She is chinese and american.you will be able to live in her chinese american world. I also recomend "where the mountain meets the moon","the year of the dog" and"dumpling days" by Grace Lin

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Cool

    Cool but Where The Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin is even better you should read it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Chinese Culture Clues.

    *Enlightening. *Informative. *Educational. *Comical and entertaining. *Engaging. *Fascinating facts for cultural awareness. This novel provides educational facts about Taiwanese and Chinese cultures. You will read about a tea ceremony, how it may feel to be "fresh off the boat," and the meaning for jumping on a bride and groom's bed on their wedding night, and many other interesting facts about the two cultures in this storyline. If the youth enjoy this book they may also be interested in "Liberty Porter: First Daughter," "Liberty Porter First Daughter: New Girl in Town," "Keena Ford and the Second Grade Mix-up," and "Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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