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The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin

The Year of the Dog (2007)

by Grace Lin

Series: Pacy Lin (1)

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Lots of lessons to learn in this lovely story; I think I'll read more of Grace Lin's books. ( )
  cougargirl1967 | Mar 16, 2019 |
Much of this story is based on the author's own childhood experiences, per the author's note.

Pacy/Grace lives where there are few other Chinese or Taiwanese families. She struggles with the differences: what to audition for in the school play, food, and holidays celebrated. Then Melody joins her class. They become fast friends, and the families can share holidays and more. Meanwhile, Pacy is trying to find what she's good at. Science? Acting? Art? It's the Year of the Dog, which her mom says is the time to find yourself.

A good story for elementary-aged kids who are the "only" in their classroom. Also good for kids who are not, to help them learn empathy and what others may struggle with. ( )
  Dreesie | Mar 13, 2019 |
Elementary schooler Pacy Lin begins the Year of the Dog by celebrating Chinese (Lunar) New Year with her family. After eating a lot of delicious food, Pacy's mom lets her know that the Year of the Dog is all about good luck and finding your talents. Pacy decides to set out on a quest to discover her talents. After the celebration, Pacy goes back to school and meets the new student at her school, Melody, who is the only other Asian-American student at the school. Together, Pacy and Melody work hard to discover their talents, all the while learning more about their culture and their identities as Chinese and Taiwanese Americans. Pacy faces a lot of obstacles and difficulties, especially since she does not feel completely Asian or completely American. This book is an excellent book for Asian-American students because it represents young Asian-Americans in a positive light and provides other positive Asian role models for students to look up to. ( )
  aripley16 | Apr 17, 2018 |
Summary: Pacy “Grace” Lin is a Taiwanese-American girl who is celebrating Chinese New Year at the beginning of the book. The novel follows Grace as she goes through the year, sharing vignettes of her experiences with her family, her new friend Melody, and classmates. Throughout the year, she navigates school and social problems and questions of cultural identity, all the while trying to learn more about herself and what she wants to become when she grows up, which is the focus of the year of the dog.
  LivCerna | Apr 10, 2018 |
The Year of the Dog is about a girl named Grace who is Chinese-American and is finding out more about herself. The Year of the Dog means you'll find your best friends. She was worried she wouldn't be able to find her best friend, but later she does, and they are practically sisters. Grace also finds out what she wants to do when she grows up, and that is to write books. ( )
  cromero16 | Apr 10, 2018 |
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Special thanks to:
MY MOM, who gave me her stories and 14 photo albums dragged out of storage
MY DAD, who laughed when he read it, so I knew it must be good
MY SISTERS, LISSY AND KI-KI, who let me put them in even though I didn't make them as beautiful or as smart as me
MY HUSBAND, ROBERT, who told everyone this was my best book ever even before he read it
MY SCIENCE FAIR PARTNER, ALVINA, who grew up and became my editor
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"Happy New Year!" Dad lauhed into the phone.
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It's the Chinese Year of the Dog, and as Pacy celebrates with her family, she finds out 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.

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It's the Chinese year of the dog! When Pacy's mom tells her that this is a good year for friends, family, and "finding herself," Pacy begins searching right away. As the year goes on, she struggles to find her talent, deals with disappointment, makes a new best friend, and discovers just why the year of the dog is a lucky one for her after all.… (more)

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