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Dumpling Days (Pacy #3)

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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
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Hardcover, Hachette, 261 pages
Published January 2nd 2012 by Little, Brown (first published January 1st 2012)
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Izzy
Aug 23, 2015 Izzy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 6th-grade
I loved this! It's one of my favorite books. I love the whole series, too. I hope this author writes another book in the series.
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
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Elaine
Jan 31, 2013 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
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
Melisa Peebles
Jan 04, 2016 Melisa Peebles rated it liked it
Grace Lin writes lovely books, and this is one of a series based on her experiences as an adolescent Taiwanese-American. In this book the main character, Grace (Pacy) Lin travels to Taiwan for the summer to visit her extended family. The trip is very important to her because she learns about her family's history, becomes familiar with delicious (of course) Taiwanese food, and participates in various new cultural experiences.
The main character is thoughtful and it's fun to watch her develop her
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Susann
Apr 29, 2012 Susann rated it really liked it
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
Erica
Sep 15, 2013 Erica rated it it was amazing
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
Justin
Dec 21, 2011 Justin rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, funny, kids, arc, taiwan
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
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Amitha
Feb 08, 2014 Amitha rated it it was amazing
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
Caroline
May 04, 2014 Caroline rated it really liked it
Shelves: kaylin, 2014
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.
Alice Chen
Feb 03, 2016 Alice Chen rated it it was amazing
Until I read books by Grace Lin and had the fortune to see her present at the National Book Festival a few years ago, I never expected to see what I echoed my childhood life, my childhood feelings, in a book! I started with "The Year of the Dog" and "The Year of the Rat," which really and truly spoke to how "outside" of society I felt growing up in the United States.

"Dumpling Days" has totally brought home my pride in being Taiwanese-American. For many years I've felt proud of being Asian, but t
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Agatha
Nov 23, 2015 Agatha rated it it was amazing
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Kristen
This one was a little disappointing. Based on the description--sisters travel for the summer to a new place to learn about their culture--I was hoping for a "One Crazy Summer" -ish story but in Taiwan. This one just didn't have the same sparkle. Meant for a slightly younger audience, this one had more literal description than descriptive language, and thought there was definitely conflict and self-discovery, it was at a level that just wasn't quite enough for me. Still a cute read, but simple.
Diane
Jun 03, 2015 Diane rated it really liked it
“You take something with you. You leave something behind. And you are forever changed. That is a good trip.”

Pacy is an American, but her parents are from Taiwan. Living in New Hartford, she seems to stick out. Being "Americanized" means fitting in, but does that mean she has to turn her back on her Taiwanese culture and traditions? Other girls call her Twinkee because she's "yellow on the outside, but white on the inside."

Pacy has never even been to Taiwan, but that is about to change. The famil
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Nathalie S
Feb 23, 2014 Nathalie S rated it it was amazing
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
Jim
Apr 10, 2012 Jim rated it liked it
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.
Lara
I feel like this is a pretty good book to use for a realistic fiction component for any upper elementary lower secondary grades. I really enjoyed Lin's mythology China books, and this series for the most part...and much of my "issues" w"concerning the book are small.

The language Lin chooses to use for the most part is diverse. However, I don't know if I noticed it more because I had "read" it as an audio book, whenever any of the characters said something, it was, Dad said, Pacy said, Lizzie, Mo
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Wendy
Nov 16, 2012 Wendy rated it really liked it
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
Hillary
Nov 15, 2014 Hillary rated it really liked it
Grace Lin never fails to write a very cute book, Dumpling Days. In the book, Pacy and her family is taught the culture of Taiwan and all the activities they do versus what they would normally do in America. It's very entertaining to watch how Pacy changes in Taiwan over the 28 days they are able to stay. Reading about the love of family and unique traditions is sure to put a smile on anyone's face. Although, throughout this book, there seems to be a lot of thought about racism again as Pacy wou ...more
Paula
Sep 25, 2015 Paula rated it it was amazing
A great book for children to help understand what it's like to come from another culture. Believable characters an story. Recommend for grades 3-6.
Julie Ray
Mar 02, 2014 Julie Ray rated it really liked it
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
Myla Gilbert
Jan 20, 2016 Myla Gilbert rated it really liked it
Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed the paced books about Grace, but this was my favorite by far. In this book the main character, Grace (also known as Pacy) visits Taiwan over the summer to visit her family. Although it may not seem that way at the beginning, this is an important trip where she learns about different cultural traditions, learns about her family's history, and gets to try what I assume to be delicious Taiwanese food.
I envy Grace's experience although it's enjoyable to watch her
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Amelia Feingold
Sep 08, 2013 Amelia Feingold rated it it was amazing
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
Alex Murphy
Jun 30, 2015 Alex Murphy rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, inventory
This author makes me wish that I knew more about the stories and myths of Asia. And now she has me looking up local places where I can get bubble tea and wax apples. This book would be an amazing book club book for girls and boys fourth grade on up. I could just imagine how wonderful the spread would be and how easy activities would be the plan. This is a great book that teachers could read out loud and combine with learning different cultural norms.

This book really does make it fun and easy to
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A.B. McFarland
Feb 20, 2014 A.B. McFarland rated it really liked it
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
Becky B
Pacy and her family are off to Taiwan for a whole month to visit family. Pacy isn't too sure about this. Her parents think it's important for her to understand her roots, but she'd rather just stay in the comfort of New Hartford. At first, Taiwan is just as confusing and strange as she'd though it would be. She can't understand any of the Taiwanese or Chinese people speak. She can't read any of the signs. And she's worried that everyone can tell just by looking at her that she's a twinkie (Asian ...more
Brett
Feb 24, 2012 Brett rated it liked it
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
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An Odd1
Aug 25, 2012 An Odd1 rated it liked it
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"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
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Jenny
May 10, 2014 Jenny rated it liked it
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
kb
Dec 30, 2012 kb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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:

Boo!s
-I know food is a HUGE part of culture but Grace Lin could have made thi
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