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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 tIn 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. In the tradition of classics like Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy books and Eleanor Estes' One Hundred Dresses, this novel subtly explores what it takes to make friends and what it means to be one....

Title : The Year of the Book
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ISBN : 9780547684574
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Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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The Year of the Book Reviews

  • Jeremy Ruble
    2019-05-08 01:02

    I just read a book I wished I had read a year ago: "The Year of the Book" by Andrea ChengIt's not a great story, but it's great because it is a year in the life of a modern, American Born Chinese girl. Here's why it's a powerful book to be familiar with as a fourth grade teacher. It's written at an AR 3.6 level - very much an "on the cusp" reading level for a somewhat struggling beginning fourth grader. It's a chapter book, but it's semi-illustrated so it's a good transitional book for those girls reading Junie B. Jones. It gets better. The character struggles with writing prompts and thinks through her thought process. She explains how she gets "lost in her book world" and constantly makes text-to-world and text-to-self connections. She feels like an outsider and struggles with a girl who is an on-again off-again friend, but eventually there is some genuine insight into how other families can be very different from our own. Oh, and instructions on how to sew bags, make wontons and even learn a few Chinese characters! It's an easy read. I just wish I had this book in my classroom every year I've taught, especially last year when I had a room full of girls just like the two characters in the book. Again, not a revolutionary plot or poetic prose, but a strong book from the perspective of helping early 4th grade girls grow as woman and as readers!

  • Linda
    2019-05-14 21:05

    A fourth grade ABC (American born Chinese according to the book) struggles with her relationship with her mother, her feelings of being different because she is Chinese, and the 'how-to' of making friends. The book leads us through Anna's story, and while not all is perfect, she does find some answers to some personal questions. The title refers to the way that Anna seems to deal with her problems, by hiding in a book. While she shares some great titles like A Wrinkle In Time and My Side of the Mountain, the interaction between them and Anna's real life's problems are not connected. Anna is growing up, so typically critical of her mother, and shows embarrassment that her mother is only learning to drive. Finally, the complexities of being in and out of friendship with different girls makes Anna just want to hide. Because of personal problems, a former friend does come to stay for a few days, and Anna is forced to open her eyes to a young woman who wants to be her friend. It's a sweet book, and I loved Anna from the beginning.

  • Betty-Ann
    2019-05-03 02:14

    When a librarian sees a title of a book with the word “books” in it, it just has to be read. And I am so glad I did. This is a sweet story of friendship and how it is not always a smooth journey. Anna Wang is in fourth grade and in the past Laura has been her friend. But now Laura seems to spend more time with Allison and Lucy and Anna just doesn’t fit in. To escape the loneliness, Anna turns to her books. She finds courage in pages of My Side of the Mountain, and acceptance of her Chinese heritage in the pages of My Louisiana Sky. Anna is an ABC – American born Chinese. Her father is a manager of a Quik mart, and her mother cleans apartments but is studying hard to get her driver’s license and to become a nurse. Anna needs to attend Chinese school every Saturday which is just another thing that makes her so different from the other girls in her class. But Anna discovers that not everything is as it seems. Laura is going through a very difficult time in her family and needs Anna’s support and friendship. At Chinese school, she meets Camille and discovers, with a little courage, she has another new friend. Anna learns that though books are wonderful, nothing beats the value of a true friend.

  • Irene
    2019-04-27 21:17

    I picked up this book from the library because I noticed the author's Chinese last name and also the Asian-American girl in the cover illustration. I'm always on the lookout for more diverse children's books, especially books by and about Asian-Americans, since I am Asian-American myself. As it turns out, the author is not Chinese! But presumably her husband is. Despite not being Chinese herself, I think the author did a fine job portraying the realities of growing up Chinese in America. She makes casual mention of Chinese dishes and snacks, and even includes Chinese school - a typical part of the Chinese-American experience - as part of main character Anna Wang's struggles. Though Anna Wang does need to come to terms with her Chinese-ness, I think the real focus of the story is Anna's struggle to make friends while 1) being an introvert (she would rather read or stay home and make airplanes with her brother and father than put effort into becoming better friends with Laura) and 2) negotiating the mean girl dynamics at school. Young readers who prefer the solitude of books, or who have felt the sting of being left out, will be able to relate to Anna Wang. I'm not entirely sure, though, that Anna Wang is a likable character. The book kind of starts off with a bit of a melancholy tone, with Anna feeling down about not really fitting in anywhere. Her narrative voice is very matter-of-fact, not especially emotional, and she comes across as stand-offish. Interestingly, Anna seems more comfortable befriending adults like Mr. Shepherd and Ray than kids her own age. (It's lucky she has such kind and thoughtful adults in her life!) She's not even afraid to address a note to the school principal. Her ability to interact so confidently with adults makes her seem more mature, and "above the fray" that Laura gets caught up in - and I do like that about her. I also like that she spends her non-reading time doing arts and crafts and sewing for fun. She is both creative and productive! I think this book also can reach a certain audience through Laura, Anna's friend who has troubles at home. I've read a lot of children's books, and it seems pretty rare for one to feature a character whose parents don't actually get along. Seems to me that some young readers might appreciate being able to relate to Laura, and it's only too bad that her character, and her family, are not fleshed out more. Also, Laura's problems were clearly a catalyst in strengthening Anna and Laura's friendship. It almost seemed like it was too easy for Anna. She doesn't put much effort into making friends with Laura, but she doesn't have to, really, because Laura is thrown into her life, and Anna is forced to spend time with her. Two final thoughts, one good, one bad. The good: I always like it when a children's book can motivate readers to pick up other books, and this book mentions by name a whole bunch of books that Anna spends her time reading. The bad: There is an egregious editing error towards the end of the book. On page 136 in my edition, twice 1998 is referred to as the Year of the Dog, but it's not. It's the Year of the Tiger. On the same page, and in an illustration on the next page, the book actually correctly refers to 1998 as the Year of the Tiger, which only adds confusion.

  • Kathy
    2019-04-28 02:24

    I used this as a read aloud in my classroom. It was a hit with boys and girls alike. The characters were interesting, the theme was positive and exhibited a strong message about friendship and compassion. My students also commented that they liked the integration of some Chinese language and culture.

  • Pam
    2019-05-10 18:54

    This book was very very good. It is definitely in my top 3 books that we have read for the parent/child book club at our beloved APL. I like the the author's writing style, it kept my interest and was simple while being profound at the same time. I also thought it was an excellent illustrations about what 4th grade is really like, especially for kids who are in grade school today. So many parts of this book made me think of my 4th grade daughter's real experiences every day. The friends who are sometimes nice, sometimes not. The competition amongst friends - with an odd man out. The peer pressure put out there by some friends to always do things their way, or do the things they say. The judgemental-ness of 9 and 10 year olds - not always listening to directions themselves, but judging someone else's work to be wrong or weird anyway. This book was really very well done. And the real life issues, like Laura's scary dad and him knocking on Anna's door to find her...this book doesn't shy away from some of the parts of life that aren't all that pretty.Oh, and so many other books referenced throughout this one...I'm in heaven! My goodreads list is just growing and growing. Can't wait to read Little Blue and Little Yellow. I loved that Anna is such a voracious reader - I am too! Can't wait to see what A and L think of this book, too!!

  • Lindsay
    2019-05-03 20:02

    In this story, a shy Chinese-American girl turns to books to get through her fourth grade year but learns to make friends with a little girl whose family is going through a bad divorce, an elderly widowed man, and her school's crossing guard. What I enjoyed about this book was that Anna reminded me of me--I had a terrible time making friends as a child and also dove into books. I also liked that the book addressed divorce, a parent whose first language is not English and is going to college, and parents who have jobs other than "doctor, lawyer, teacher." I definitely related to Anna feeling too embarrassed to say that her mom cleans houses and office buildings for a living (Anna's dad works at a gas station); my parents work in canneries operating machinery, and I always agonized over that when I was young. I feel like many children in our non-affluent county would be able to relate to this story since many families are going through unemployment and foreclosures, and many children have parents whose native language is not English.

  • The Styling Librarian
    2019-05-11 20:16

    The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng – 3rd grade and up, Realistic Fiction – So, what flew through my mind within the first chapter? I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this character! It was wonderful to read a book that I knew would partner well with my students who love Lenore Look’s Ruby Lu Brave and True and Grace Lin’s Year of the Dog in addition to many other favorite early chapter book/fiction realistic fiction novels that are touching, thoughtful, innocent, humorous, and compelling reads. I loved reading this book with Anna goes to her favorite books instead of people when she feels lonely. There are many beautiful exploration of friendship moments throughout the book. Loved how I followed Anna through a school year of reading, growing, and many beautiful moments of appreciation. I think my favorite thing is that Anna is creative and has interests outside of her obsession of reading, still a pretty balanced kid!

  • Luann
    2019-05-07 01:16

    This is a sweet, quick read. I enjoyed it, although I felt like more needed to happen. I don't think I will remember much of this book for very long. There are lots of fun literary references though!This reminded me a bit of Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park.

  • Ellie Vinehout
    2019-05-16 00:23

    Anna knows that keeping friends can be hard, and avoiding them can be even harder. Her former friend's parents are getting divorced and her father keeps following them around. When she needs to get out of the way of her parents, Anna's come to save the day. Anna's mother tells her that she might have to even stay until Christmas. Anna's bummed at first, but when she finds her friend crying she asked if she could read to her (which always makes Anna feel better).

  • Lisa Straubinger
    2019-05-26 20:21

    A sweet, middlegrade story of friendships, growing pains, fitting in and forgiveness. This is the first book in the series. Anna is an ABC - American Born Chinese. She's trying to figure out where and how she fits in, especially when her best friend starts spending time with some girls who aren't so nice to Anna.

  • Courtney Gilmore
    2019-05-22 02:03

    I enjoyed reading this book, very much!

  • Roxanne Hsu Feldman
    2019-05-12 01:09

    I really like this charming little middle grade book. I appreciate that it tells a contemporary story with an ABC (American Born Chinese) protagonist that has some Chinese cultural things sprinkled through without making the heritage a “problem” in her life or in her relationship with her friends. I think Andrea Cheng really captures that 10-year-old-book-lover-in-the-process-of-sorting-out-friendship-and-family-relations spirit and she successfully implies many emotions and events without ever becoming overtly preachy or melodramatic. The cover is lovely. The trim size is cozy. The occasional illustrations cannot be more warm or eye-pleasing. I think it will be loved by many readers and teachers can happily use it with their students. After all, there is the subtle mean-girl scenario that is handled so well and there is reading and writing realistically reflecting many students’ experiences.The possibility of its wide classroom applicability is why I feel obligated, as someone who can read Chinese fluently, to list some of the spelling, factual, and pictorial mistakes in the book, so adults who use this book with children can help them correct these in the book. Here are the ones I spotted, in page order:On the page of the Pronunciation Guide: the last word “Happiness” is marked with the correct pin yin “Xing fu” but where there should be the Chinese character “xing” 幸,there is the hand written pin yin of “Fu.”On page 43: The Chinese Characters and the English are mismatched:The Chinese Characters arePumpkin –> Black Cat –> Witchbut the English labels read:Witch –> Pumpkin –> Black CatOn page 45: When discussing about what the moon is like… Anna says that her mom told her the moon is an old lady… which is definitely news to me. Traditionally we think of these three characters as long term residents on the moon: The Goddess Chang Eh, the Wood Cutter Wu Gang, and the Jade Rabbit. Sometimes we also say that there is a magical Toad on the moon. But, old lady? Hmm… This could just be the result of different families and the stories they pass down.On page 76: The text says that the Chinese teacher is teaching words like snow, ice, and cold. The illustration shows the Chinese characters of Snow, Ice, and Cold correctly — but the English label shows, Snow, Ice, and Wind.On page 110: (I verified this with the pronunciation guide and also the author’s own text on page 143.) The text shows, “We sit at the kitchen table and have my favorite bean paste, bao zia, for a snack.” Chinese eat sweet bao zi (steamed buns) with red bean paste filling as snacks, but I seldom see people eat bean paste directly … and bean paste is called “dou sha,” not “bao zi.” Here also, zi is mistyped as zia, which is not a sound found in Chinese words.On page 131: When discussing the Chinese Zodiac animals, the author lists “Dog, cat, cow, horse, rooster, and rat” where anyone familiar with the Chinese zodiac or the Chinese zodiac stories knows that CAT is excluded from the zodiac. There is no “Year of the Cat!”On page 136: When making the timeline, Anna puts down her birth year as 1998 and states that it’s the Year of the Dog. This is erroneous. 1998 is the Year of the Tiger. Year of the Dog is either 1994 or 2006.These are all non plot-essential mistakes and it does not take away the integrity of the character development or the flavor of the setting. However, in this day and age where we are teaching each other and our children to be culturally sensitive and as accurate as we can be, and where Chinese speaking and writing people who can take a quick look and point out mistakes to be corrected before going to print should not be very hard to find, finding these many mistakes in one small, 146-page book simply stuns me.

  • Lolene
    2019-05-14 03:05

    I love books about books...about kids who love to read. This book is written for a fourth-grade audience, but I liked it just the same. The protagonist is a book-o-phile who even hates to go to school because it cuts down on her reading time. Socially, she doesn't fit in...go figure. Here's a snippet from an Amazon reviewer: (More like a BLIPPET!)My only criticism (and it is mild) is that some of the books Anna reads are a bit sophisticated for the intended audience of THE YEAR OF THE BOOK. Even classics like E.L. Konigsburg's FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER might be a stretch for kids just learning to read. Other titles, like Jacqueline Woodson's HUSH (about a murder witness who goes into the witness protection program) or MY LOUISIANA SKY by Kimberly Willis Holt (about a girl dealing with her mentally disabled mother), might be deemed inappropriate for newly minted readers. Nevertheless, it is rare to find a chapter book that so deftly captures the inner life of its protagonist in such simple and absorptive language. THE YEAR OF THE BOOK does not talk down to its readers or make any assumptions about what they should or should not be reading. Instead, it finds a way to bridge the many challenges Anna must deal with, whether it's relationships with friends and family, or how to be your own person without excluding others.People often describe reading as an "escape." I've always resented this phrase because it makes reading sound like a self-indulgent vacation. For me, reading has always been a much more engaging activity than simple amusement. Not only is it a way to explore new vistas and ideas that otherwise would not have been available to me in the confines of my home, reading also has been essential to my education in being human. I suspect that Andrea Cheng knows this, too. THE YEAR OF THE BOOK both celebrates readers and encourages them to take the next step to connect with the very real plots and people that populate our individual worlds.

  • Vikki VanSickle
    2019-05-23 23:04

    This book covers the ups and downs of Anna Wang’s grade four year. Anna is a quiet, meticulous child who enjoys reading and sewing. She is less enchanted with Chinese school, which her mother insists she attend, and is wary of her fair-weather friend Laura, who seems to prefer the company of mean-girl in training Allison.Author Andrea Cheng nails the politics of childhood, especially triangular relationships. Laura seems to prefer Anna’s company, but chooses Allison over Anna when push comes to shove. Allison is that dominating, bossy person who pits people against each other and makes everyone vie for her attention. We’ve all known girls like this. Under Cheng’s careful character study, neither Allison or Laura are totally demonized, but we (the reader and Anna) are given little insights into why they behave the way they do. This is a fine balance to achieve but Cheng pulls it off marvelously.This is one of those rare early chapter books that gets everything right: the level of language (not too sophisticated), friendship and parental anxieties, chapter length, font size, use of illustration. Everything here is perfect for grade 3, 4 maybe even 5 readers. Her tone reminds me of Jean Little’s middle grade; straight forward, honest and sensitive. She is a writer who knows how important moments of comfort (food, routine, family) are to young readers. Abigail Halpin’s black and white spot illustrations add warmth and charm to the story.Fans of Ivy and Bean who are ready for something with a bit more substance and emotional impact but are not ready for the full-on literary drama of say Rebecca Stead or Jenny Han will appreciate this novel. I sure did!

  • Zaz
    2019-05-14 19:55

    An easy and pleasant read about an American born Chinese girl, dealing with everyday problems and reading lots of books.Anna is in 4th grade (around 9-10 years old?), loves to read, doesn't like to learn Chinese, and isn't very good at friendships. Because of the events, she meets a new girl and also learns to appreciate more the time she spends with her childhood friend.An easy read with a small number of pages, nice illustrations and a low level of language. I'm not complaining here, it's a good level for young readers and it was a pleasant read for me. Anna was a nice main character (probably very annoying for extroverts) and reminded me of my younger self who liked to read, climb in trees and build paper planes. It was interesting to see how she dealt with the various relationships and how her own Chinese culture didn't really matter for her, while other kids found it appealing. The book wasn't trying to prove something or to show that preserving your roots is essential, the message was more to mix everything and to keep and share what matters to you, which I appreciated. I also enjoyed Anna's point of view and her easy problems, how she dismissed her interesting life and the fact that her mother was working hard on improving her own life (language and work). The female cast added some depth to the story, but I was disappointed that the male cast was so much in the shadows (except for Ray), I prefer when the genders are more balanced. Overall, a good read, I'll continue the series.

  • Becky
    2019-05-22 00:17

    The Year of the Book has a cozy feel to it, perhaps because of the hopeful outlook. Though Anna, our heroine, isn't absolutely loving all the changes that come with being in fourth grade, she has much to be thankful for. Anna gets great joy out of reading. Almost every chapter in this one includes Anna reading a new book or talking about a new book. Sometimes she's sharing memories of a book she loved, loved, loved long ago like Little Blue and Little Yellow (by Leo Lionni), and other times she's talking about her newest favorite-favorite book like A Wrinkle in Time or From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. I love her approach to life, if she has vacation, of course, she's going to spend it reading a new library book each day?! What else would she do?! But a love of book isn't all there is to Anna. She also loves to sew and make crafts. And it isn't hard to see that Anna cares about people deeply too. Sure, at the beginning, Anna seems like she is guarding herself a bit, hesitant to trust her old friend, Laura, since Laura has seemed so different, not quite herself since the start of the new school year. I love how open her heart is, though. How Anna takes time to care for people that may not receive a lot of attention or notice or care. There is something real about Anna and that is what I appreciated most in this tender novel.

  • Alicia
    2019-05-26 01:03

    What a delightful easy reading book for students here at the high school who can connect to any number of the traits, qualities, and interests Anna has 1) reading (maybe that's why I enjoyed the book so much as she references the books she's reading, likes to read, reading in a pillow-filled bathtub in a teacher's classroom, etc. 2) she's having friend issues, particularly being abandoned by her best friend in favor of a few girls she doesn't necessarily like, 3) she's American-born Chinese navigating her parents' hopes and dreams with reality, attending Chinese classes though she reads rather than listens and participates, 4) she's kind-hearted, visiting the crossing guard who wasn't at his post, talking with Mr. Johnson who her mother cleans for, 5) she's curious and has some neat interests like sewing and crafts which are shared related to both Chinese crafts to making won-tons and more. It's a positive book with features that make it appealing to a variety of readers, especially our high school students who are learning English but can make some connections as Anna does herself in the book with her writing.

  • Michael Culbertson
    2019-05-15 01:56

    In fourth grade, Anna Wang's friend Laura is more interested in spending time with Allison than with her, and Anna retreats into the world of her books. As the year progresses, Anna learns that Laura's life is not as happy as it seems, and she rediscovers friendship.The book proceeds as a series of first-person vignettes that provide a window into the life of the main character and her social development over the course of the year. The vignettes treat themes of loneliness, social isolation, embarrassment over social standing, cultural difference, second generation immigrants, family discord and divorce, difficulty in school, care and concern for others, and friendship development. Events and character responses come across as authentic. Since the vignettes offer a predominantly unfiltered view of the events through the eyes of a child, young readers may need support from an adult to fully interpret the scenes, draw connections with their own lives, and learn from Anna's experiences.

  • Michele Knott
    2019-05-09 22:11

    Anna is a fourth grader who is trying to navigate through the perils of being an almost middle schooler. She finds the most comfort when reading her cherished books. Anna's friendships are changing; she wants things to stay the same, but her friends are starting to get new interests, such as clothes and shopping. Anna thinks being at home can be tough too because her mom has a job that she doesn't want other kids to know about (cleaning people's houses) and her mom still hasn't learned to drive yet. Anna also has to go to Chinese school on Saturdays and learn new words and how to write them. She slowly starts seeing that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Anna also opens her eyes to meeting new friends and accepting change with her old friends.I think 3rd and 4th grade girls will like Anna's story and be able to relate to her. It was fun seeing a lot of familiar books mentioned within the story as well!

  • Lynn
    2019-05-07 19:12

    Having just finished "Quiet" about introverts, Anna was definitely an introvert, and was simply finding her way as she struggles with friendships and does her own thing quietly on the side, such as reading lots of great books, sewing, and doing for others. She had subtle help from her teacher and mom (dad was uninvolved - why? Wouldn't he be central figure in an American-Chinese family?) lots of emphasis on mom studying to be a nurse. Good story for the quiet girls. Is this a stereotype of the Chinese "studious, quiet" child? Or a reflection of her parents' culture and expectations, or just a story of friendship and growing up? Would love to read follow-up books about Anna in middle school and high school as she deals with the same issues of being an ABC, constantly changing friendships, and her mom becoming a nurse!

  • BAYA Librarian
    2019-05-22 00:59

    This story follows Anna through fourth grade as she struggles with friendship, her relationship with her mother, and her identity as an American Born Chinese (ABC). Being a book lover, Anna has books to help keep her company as she navigates the year. The writing is simple and uncomplicated. There are some nice little illustrations by Abigail Halpin, and the book is filled with tidbits of information about Chinese culture. Younger kids will love recognizing the titles Anna loves, and probably enjoy reading about books they haven’t read yet. Overall it's a very sweet little book, and might be of interest to some EL students, or to those girls who love to see the names of books they've read mentioned in other books, but it's really on the younger side. I imagine you could sell it to some girls in third to possibly fifth grade.

  • Tredyffrin Children
    2019-05-11 00:10

    First things first: Hooray for books about introverts! Sometimes it seems as though there are so many sassy and outspoken heroines out there that we forget about the ones who are quietly sewing a drawstring bag as a gift for their school crossing guard. Anna Wang is not sassy. She is not outspoken. If given the choice, she'd rather be reading a book in the corner. However, her life is just as full of growing pains and potential drama as the next fourth grader's. She feels left out by the other girls in her class. Her mother sometimes embarrasses her. She doesn't always want to do what she's supposed to be doing. But Anna takes it in her stride, relying on her books to help her both to escape from and to connect to her world. I'd recommend this story to upper elementary students - or any bookworm, ever.

  • Linda Lipko
    2019-04-30 02:12

    Found on Goodreads as a recommendation, this is a delightful tale of young Anna Wang who loves books.Straddled between two cultures, Anna is embarrassed by her mother's Chinese ways and yet she loves her family, hoping they can be more American.As most coming of age books, this one deals with learning how to be a friend and how to accept friendship. Unsure of her life, books are Anna's companions.When she befriends Laura, she gradually learns of Laura's family life and the fact that Laura's father is an angry man who refuses to stop harassing his family when they ask him to leave.While on the surface, this seems like a trite story, it deals with complicated subjects of adjusting to another culture, friendship, family difficulties and extended a helping hand to others in need.

  • Harun Harahap
    2019-05-15 22:59

    Dulu janjian sama Kak Mia Bali untuk baca buku ini. Baru sempat dibaca sekarang. Menyenangkan baca buku 'middle grade' lagi setelah sekian lama tidak. Buku ini seperti diari Anna Wang, apa yang dilakukannya dan bersama siapa. Tidak ada yang terlalu istimewa dengan ceritanya. Namun, penulis bisa menarasikannya dengan baik. Sehingga kita bisa membacanya dengan mulus tanpa bosan.

  • Abby Johnson
    2019-05-06 18:58

    I just loved this book and I think it's because I can super identify with Anna. As a kid (and yeah, as an adult) I sometimes preferred my books to hanging out with real people. And when friendship starts to get complicated, sometimes that choice makes sense!This reminded me a lot of Grace Lin's Pacy books, although Anna has more angst. I can't wait to pick up the rest of the books!

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-05-10 19:08

    Warm, appealing friendship story about the power of books.

  • Emily
    2019-05-11 22:55

    A sweet read-in-one-sitting book about the trials of 4th grade friendships and the consolations of good books.

  • Hillvan
    2019-05-21 02:56


  • Karen
    2019-05-09 22:19

    People who loved The Hundred Dresses will enjoy this little gem of a book with a similar friendship theme, and a girl who finds comfort in reading.