Year of the Book

Year of the Book

Book - 2012
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Follows a young Chinese American girl, as she navigates relationships with family, friends, and her fourth-grade classroom, and finds a true best friend.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2012
Description: 146 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780547684635
Branch Call Number: j Chen
Additional Contributors: Halpin, Abigail

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violet_pony_769
Feb 03, 2016

violet_pony_769 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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joycemas
Jul 20, 2014

joycemas thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 10

rustypages Dec 08, 2013

rustypages thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

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Aug 11, 2013

blue_dolphin_2586 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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Cheryl65
Feb 04, 2016

I love this series. I've read all four books, and each gets better as the kids are a year older, and their life experiences grow. (In Book 2, Year of the Baby, Anna enters 5th grade.) I'm looking forward to more books.
Unlike here on the West Coast, there are only a few Asian kids in Anna's school -- in Toledo or Cincinnati.
To check, I googled Andrea Cheng, and got sad news:
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Andrea Cheng died on December 26th, 2015, after a long illness. Her family asks that readers not send gifts or flowers.

Andrea did finish two manuscripts that will be coming out soon. Thank you for reading!
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What a good life, to give us all such heartwarming books ...
Thank you, Andrea.

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annakirkby
May 01, 2013

Touches on all kinds of tough subjects in a thoughtful, appropriate way: embarrassment that her her mother is a housecleaner; having to attend Saturday School to learn Chinese and not doing very well at it; having her best friend suddenly come to stay when the friend's father breaches his restraining order following a custody battle.
This list makes it sound like a troubled story, but it is really very nice, and I recommend it. Lots of mentions of good books to read.

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hopedoogs
Jul 24, 2012

looks like a great book just starting it and discovers all kinds of books

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joycemas
Jul 20, 2014

In Chinese, peng you means friend. But in any language, all Anna knows for certain is that friendship is complicated. When Anna needs company, she turns to her books. Whether traveling through A Wrinkle in Time, or peering over My Side of the Mountain, books provide what real life cannot—constant companionship and insight into her changing world. Books, however, can’t tell Anna how to find a true friend. She’ll have to discover that on her own.

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