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There was no day that dumplings couldn't make better.

Pacy is back! The beloved heroine of The Year of the Dog and The Year of the Rat has returned in a brand new story. This summer, Pacy's family is going to Taiwan for an entire month to visit family and prepare for their grandmother's 60th birthday celebration. Pacy's parents have signed her up for a Chinese painting clas...more
Hardcover, Hachette, 261 pages
Published January 2nd 2012 by Little, Brown (first published January 1st 2012)
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Wandering Librarians
I have to admit that I might have a deeper resonance to the themes in this book than most, considering the fact that I'm Korean American and was raised in the Midwest. I look Asian on the outside but my cultural connection is to my white parents, I've been to Korea and I felt super American. Where do you fit in? How do you deal with the subtle racism that you meet with every day? There were parts that made me want to cry because they were true representations of my experience.

I really enjoyed th...more
I loved this book! I've loved the earlier books about Pacy too, but this one really hit home. I could completely relate to Pacy's experience being thrust into a new culture, which was supposedly her own culture, wary and not-so-thrilled with it at the beginning, and loving it by the end, and at the same time, making peace with her own identity, having the best of both worlds, rather than being alienated in each world. This has been a struggle of mine throughout my life, and to have this book so...more
As Pacy and her Taiwanese American family spend a month visiting relatives in Taiwan, Pacy discovers her roots and grapples with questions about her identity. I enjoyed learning more about the Taiwanese culture–especially the food–but never felt as if I were stuck in a Social Studies lesson. From temples to toilets, Lin shows all aspects of the society, but she also writes a great family story, à la the Fossil family or Penderwicks. Watching Pacy interact with Lissy reminded me of traveling with...more
This one falls outside of my normal reading habits; while I’ve developed a bit of a weakness for teen lit/YA/whatever you want to call it, I don’t typically delve into middle-grade fiction now that I’m so far beyond my middle grades. I picked up an ARC of this because it looked cute, though, and it didn’t disappoint.

This is apparently the latest in a series of Lin’s books about Taiwanese-American girl Pacy. In this volume, she goes on a summer trip with her family to Taiwan. In the past, Pacy ha...more
Pacy travels with her family to Taiwan for a month and eats 10 different types of dumplings! So many yummy foods in the book. Much of the book reminded me of things we ate or experienced while in China last year. But still had a good storyline and growth of the characters. Good book to read with Kaylin.
Nathalie S
This is the second book I've listened to by Grace Lin about Gracie Pacy Lin. In this second book, Pacy's family is going to visit their relatives in Taiwan for 26 days. Pacy and her 2 sisters don't speak any Chinese even though both parents are from Taiwan. The U.S. is really the only home and culture they know and they are a bit apprehensive about it. How will they fit in. Plus, their Mom has signed them up each in a different class while they are in Taiwan. School during the summer!?! The titl...more
Apr 10, 2012 Jim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: asia
i'm only thirty pages into this book and getting REALLY hungry.

i read the advanced readers copy so i assume the line on p250 "I covered my hands with my ears." was changed, if not still an interesting image.

told from the viewpoint of a third grader obsessed w/food and toilets, i suppose kidsthat age are, but she comes across really whiny

grace lin does have quite a few old stories/tales that are enjoyable.

and p.213 mentions vending machines in taiwan w/kittens and puppies in them. cruel.
Endearing and well-written. I haven't read any of Lin's Pacy books before, and now I'm looking forward to going back and finding out more about the family. It's fun to have Pacy and her sisters learning about aspects of Taiwanese culture and cuisine at the same time we are; they know the obvious stuff, just like I do, so no time is spent on that, but the deeper points are explored in detail without making it feel like I'm being lectured to by a kid.
Victoria Whipple
This book made me hungry. Pacy and her family take a trip to the parents' homeland of Taiwan where they visit family, see the sights, and eat (a lot of) the food. Readers will feel like they are visiting the streets and markets of Taiwan, and Lin teaches the reader much about the country and culture without taking away from the pace of the story. Readers of The Year of the Dog and The Year of the Rat will be happy to get back into the story of Pacy and her family. Her concerns about which cultur...more
Julie Ray
I really liked this book! Pacy has a pretty unique perspective in the story, considering that she's the middle child and that she's not actually excited about going to Taiwan. In the book it's strongly implied nearer to when she first arrives in Taiwan that she's not happy and that the only thing she really thinks about in class is beating Audrey. Pacy has fairly realistic development considering that she doesn't go in HATING Taiwan, and she doesn't come out LOVING it. The story does tie back ar...more
Amelia Feingold
I love this book especially if you are going on vacaion somewhere.The girl in this book [i think] is very adventrous about trying new foods especially about dumplings!.This book is about finding yourself deep within and about trying new things!!![even if you dont know what it is]......Its a GREAT book
Pacy and her family are off to Taiwan. Basically a tour of Taiwan is woven into the story and really gives you the flavor of the country. while Pacy is sure she doesn't want to go, she learns much, not only about Taiwan, but also about herself.
Alyssa Mcfarland
If you are at all curious about Taiwan and its culture and food, you might enjoy this book. I like how it's a bit of a food travelogue written from the point of view of a child. More of a realist fiction work (semi-autobigraphical, I believe) than "Starry River of the Sky" or "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon." Especially moving are the parts where Pacy comes to an understanding of herself as both Taiwanese and American…a little of both, but not entirely at home in either world. Any second gene...more
What a great book! The story is about a young Taiwanese-American girl named Pacy who visits Taiwan with her family. Newbery Honor-winning author Grace Lin draws on her own family trips to perfectly capture what it feels like to be caught between worlds as a child, the fears, the joys, the laughter. It reminded me so much of visiting India as a kid, meeting relatives I saw only rarely and feeling self-conscious and inadequate due my inability to speak my mother-tongue. Grace Lin's writing and ill...more
I love Grace Lin's writing. This book is next in the series of books about Pacy (which is based on events of the author's life).

Pacy and her family go to Taiwan for an extended vacation. They visit family members and see the different sights around Taiwan. Pacy is enrolled in a "summer school" where she has a painting class. She has a bit of a rivalry with another girl in the class named Audrey.

You will quickly discover that the title of this book comes from all the different types of dumplings...more
Grace Lin's third mostly autobiographical story about a young Taiwanese-American girl named Pacy growing up in upstate New York is a wonderful & very interesting introduction to the country of Taiwan, its people, culture, & of course food.
Pacy's family is going to be spending a whole month in Taiwan over the summer, set to coincide with her grandmother's big 60th birthday party. This will be Pacy's first visit to the country her parents are originally from & where much of her family...more
An Odd1
"Dumpling Days" by Grace Lin author/ illustrator, with simple childlike black line drawings, including miniature street walk signs in the bottom corners counting down from 39 seconds (numbers repeat, sequence unclear) for tiny figure to cross road. Based on two trips to Taiwan, young and recent, covers food, family, towers, bustling crowds, oppressive noise, odors, and lost feeling of belonging neither in East or West, to happy ending decision by heroine h...more
May 10, 2014 Jenny rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jenny by: ARC
Shelves: character, tween
This third installment of the Pacy series is a departure from the previous two books. Instead of taking place in upstate New York, Pacy and her family go to Taiwan during the summer to celebrate her maternal grandmother’s 60th birthday. Grace Lin even mentions Love Boat, every Taiwanese-American teenager’s drunken nautical summer camp hookup wet dream, but alas we aren’t privy to a Love Boat adventure in Dumpling Days. We may get the rated R story if Lin ever decides to write a young adult book...more
My interests level towards this book was pretty high because 1) my family and I were travelling to Taipei, and 2) my family and I were travelling to Taipei. The cover is spot-on, plus I loved the sketches that came along with the story - which was as exciting as any 13-year-old's travelogue could be, but I guess I'm just not 13 anymore. It wasn't exactly awful and I'd hate to call the following as Boo!s but there we go:

-I know food is a HUGE part of culture but Grace Lin could have made thi...more
Ms. Yingling
Pacy Lin sets off with her family to Taiwan for an entire month. Her grandmother is turning 60, a very lucky birthday, so the family goes to stay. Her mother and father are glad to be back home, but Pacy feels out of place and would rather be back in the US. She looks Taiwanese, but she doesn't speak the language, and everything seems odd and uncomfortable to her. She does enjoy the food, and manages to eat dumplings at almost every meal. She is enrolled in a traditional painting class, but her...more
Miz Lizzie
Dumpling Days, the third installment in Grace Lin's semi-autobiographical chapter books about her childhood, reads rather like a travel narrative for children, with an emphasis on food (yum). Pacy and her her two sisters travel to Taiwan with her parents for her grandmother's 60th birthday. This is the girls' first trip to their parents' homeland and being in a place where everyone looks like them but speaks a different language is very disconcerting for them. Pacy is also frustrated to find tha...more
If you think that “dumplings can brighten your day” is lame for a theme, you might be right. For several chapters of Dumpling Days, I found myself wondering if it would be all about new sights, new food, and new relatives. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this, it is kind of like being awestruck by a movie simply because of its special effects. At some point, the glitter loses its sparkle. So as much as Lin made me desire to see China, and especially sample its delectable foods, I re...more
Have you ever been forced to go on a family trip? Sometimes they can be fun, like a trip to Disneyland, but sometimes you'd rather just stay home. That's how Pacy feels about her family's trip to Taiwan. To her mom and dad it's a trip to their homeland, but Pacy's home is back in America. And the worst part is that they have to stay the whole summer. A whole summer away from her friends in a country where she can't even understand what people are saying or read the signs if she gets lost. As if...more
Pacy, a Taiwanese-American, travels with her family to Taiwan to visit her extended family. Pacy and her two sisters, however, don't speak Chinese or Taiwanese and are nervous about fitting in. Despite some culture shock, the girls enjoy spending time with their family, a grandmother's 60th birthday, a fabulous night street fair, and learning about their cultural identity. I especially loved Lin's drawings sprinkled throughout the book. Pacy's obsession with dumplings made a sweet joke throughou...more
Barb Middleton
Living overseas is difficult and wonderful. On the street, Chinese conversations flow around me like incense and the street signs look like mixed-up chopsticks. Communication oftentimes means charades, and buying what looks like milk, might be a carton of yogurt milk. At first, this new lifestyle for me was overwhelming, but now I have become used to the strangeness of it all, laughing at my mistakes and learning to find joy in each day. Pacy has similar experiences in Dumpling Days by Grace Lin...more

This is the third in a series of autobiographical novels based on Lin's childhood. I have not read the other two, but I feel Dumpling Days stands on its own.

Pacy Lin is excited about the approaching summer and plans to spend it with friends in her hometown of New Hartford, NY. Pacy and her two sisters are surprised and anxious when her parents tell them of their month long summer visit to Taiwan to celebrate their grandmother's 60th birthday. Not only are the girls visiting family members they'...more
When her parents decide that the entire Lin family will spend part of their summer vacation in Taiwan in order to celebrate their maternal grandmother's sixtieth birthday, Pacy is not too thrilled. She doesn't know the language, and she keeps remembering how she was teased and called a Twinkie for being yellow on the outside and white on the inside. Her parents have signed the three Lin girls up for culturally-enriching classes, and Pacy worries about how different Taiwan is compared to her safe...more
One of the first things Natalya said when she finished the book, “I’m hungry!” Isn’t she always these days? But then, I started reading this just before bed and as I set it half-finished on my headboard I thought, “I’m hungry!” I’m not sure which is yummier about the read, the description of all the food or the story that features it.

"“You’re Taiwanese-American,” Mom said. “And, no matter what, that’s what you’ll always be.”

"Forever, I thought. I’d always be Taiwanese-American, no matter if I...more
Rhiannon Ryder
I haven't had the pleasure of reading Pacy's other two stories, but after this one I'll be keeping my eye out. A fun story with great commentary on being first generation, out of place in both your birth place and the country of your families origin. I was impressed by how Lin dealt with difficult issues to explain, such as why Pacy's parents left Taiwan, and why Pacy's heritage is still important even though she was born American.

I'm first generation on my fathers side of the family, and much f...more
Dorine White
I discovered a fantastic upper middle grade read that I’d like to share, Dumpling Days, by Grace Lin. Published by Little, Brown books, it is an amazing multi cultural story filled with color, history and wit. It hits shelves Jan. 2nd, 2012.

The Story- Pacy loves her life in America and is surprised when her parents decide to spend a whole month in Taiwan to prepare for their grandmother’s sixtiest birthday. Even though Pacy is Taiwanese/American, she and her two sisters do not speak Chinese and...more
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