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Grace Lin. The Year of the Rat
Little, Brown $18.99  ISBN 978-0-316-11426-4  167 pg.
Reviewed by Victoria, Age 10

Pacy fights against the emotional struggles in school, especially when Dun-Wei moves to town and Melody her best friend moves away. She and Dun-Wei keep getting paired up together as the cute couple by Becky and Charlotte, her other friends, but she only likes one guy, Sam Mercer. Then at home she longs to be an author and illustrator, because her uncle Clifford said that being an author and illustrator was like "going through the cold door."

I liked The Year of the Rat because it made me feel like I was able to look through the characters’ eyes and feel the emotions they felt. It made me feel even surer that Chinese people are equal to white people than I already was. A person that doesn’t find Chinese people or their culture appealing would find this book not at all suitable for them. If a person doesn’t like brave characters, or characters that stand up for people, then they might as well put this book back on the shelf! This book is a good book for ages 8-12.

I’ll give the awesome book The Year of the Rat 5 shimmering stars. To find out more about Grace Lin go to


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