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The Year of the Book (An Anna Wang novel) Hardcover – May 22, 2012
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"Tender . . . Cheng credibly portrays Anna's budding maturity."
"Cheng's telling is as straightforward yet sympathetic as her self-contained main character; and Halpin's often lighthearted pencil-and-wash sketches both decorate and enrich this perceptive novel."
"Readers are led to discover the extraordinary within the ordinary, and to witness how kindness can draw trust and create confidence in a hesitant child."
—School Library Journal
"This is a remarkably pithy and nuanced portrait of a fourth-grader and her world, and the streamlined simplicity of Cheng's writing and the brief page count make it accessible."
"The Year of the Book was a pleasure to read and more. This is a novel to treasure and share with every middle-grade reader you know."
—New York Times Book
About the Author
Andrea Cheng is the author of several children’s books, including the acclaimed middle-grade Anna Wang series critics call "gentle," "accessible," and "just right." Though she passed away in 2015, her books will continue to inspire readers. Visit her website at andreacheng.com.
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When Laura is going through a horrible time with family, Anna becomes closer to her. This is the part of the story I felt mixed about. I understood that Laura needed someone's support and that the two girls were affable with each other, but on the other hand I felt Anna was being used since Laura didn’t turn to her new friends, whom she had dumped Anna for. Maybe Laura could have been the new girl or a fellow introvert—something else that caused her to lean on Anna. Still, this is realistic and the author does give dimension to Laura and the mean girls.
Other than that, I really enjoyed this story. I liked the diversity and reading about Chinese and Chinese-American culture. Aspects of Anna’s life become better and stronger as the story progresses. I loved her character and will look into reading the other “Year Of” books by the author.
Are you a person that likes reading about School? Well then you MUST read the year of the book. Anna wang is beginning fourth grade and she loves books. Her fiends and family has on and offs of nice and mean and it drives Anna plain CRAZY! Her fourth grade experience is a tough one indeed. She makes good friends and is Chinese. Will Anna ever have a peaceful moment in her life? Find out in The Year Of The Book. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is another Battle of the Books gem. Well, a gem if you're a girl reader. Boys would have little interest in the girl dynamics that make up most of the story.
Anna is a fourth grader whose parents are Chinese immigrants. She must balance elementary school work and friends with Chinese school work and friends. Throughout the book Anna is torn and feels like a misfit in whatever world she's trying to be apart of. She struggles to make friends and navigate the subtle digs and taking behind backs and whispering that starts in fourth grade.