The Year of the Rat (Pacy Lin Novel #2)


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Biographical Note:

Grace Lin is the award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator of Starry River of the SkyWhere the Mountain Meets the MoonThe Year of the DogThe Year of the RatDumpling Days, and Ling & Ting, as well as pictures books such as The Ugly Vegetables and Caldecott Honor book A Big Mooncake for Little Star. Grace lives with her husband and daughter in Western MA, where they get plenty of winter snow. Her website is

Review Quotes:

Praise for Year of the Rat
A CCBC Fiction for Children Choice

“Readers of this gentle, appealing sequel will appreciate the way the engaging protagonist discovers she can survive the changes a new year brings.”
— Kirkus

“An endearing story that will touch readers.”
— Booklist

Praise for Year of the Dog
ALA Children’s Notables list pick
Booklist Editor’s Choice
Kirkus Best Early Chapter Book
New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection
Gold Award from the National Parenting Publications Awards
Texas Bluebonnet Nominee

[star] “Lin does a remarkable job capturing the soul and spirit of books like those of Hayward or Maud Hart Lovelace, reimagining them through the lens of her own story, and transforming their special qualities into something new for today’s young readers.”
— Booklist, starred review

“For any reader who enjoys stories of friendship and family life.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“Girls everywhere, but especially those in the Asian-American community, will find much to embrace here.”
— Publishers Weekly

“A gentle tale full of humor.”
— The Horn Book— 

Brief Description:

Includes an author’s note and a behind the story segment.

Brief Description:

In the Chinese Year of the Rat, a young Taiwanese American girl faces many challenges: her best friend moves to California and a new boy comes to her school, she must find the courage to forge ahead with her dream of becoming a writer and illustrator, and she must learn to find the beauty in change.

Publisher Marketing:

A fresh new look for this modern classic by the Newbery-Award winning and bestselling author of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
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.

Review Citations:
  • Booklist 11/15/2007 pg. 45 (EAN 9780316114264, Hardcover)
  • Kirkus Review – Children 12/01/2007 pg. 1248 (EAN 9780316114264, Hardcover)
  • PW Notes and Reprints 01/17/2008 pg. 59 (EAN 9780316114264, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 03/01/2008 pg. 170 (EAN 9780316114264, Hardcover)
  • Horn Book Magazine 05/01/2008 pg. 319 (EAN 9780316114264, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2008 (EAN 9780316114264, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 10/01/2008 pg. 348 (EAN 9780316114264, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children’s Catalog 04/11/2019 (EAN 9780316114264, Hardcover)

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The Year of the Rat (Pacy Lin Novel #2)