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The Year of the Rat (Pacy #2)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  1,338 ratings  ·  129 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published February 7th 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Two years have passed since the Year of the Dog and Pacy’s starting to face more adult problems like self doubt, her best friend Melody moving away, and coping with feeling like an outsider. While Year of the Dog was lighthearted, Year of the Rat gets a little bit darker because external racism is more apparent and internalized racism is also explored. But even so it still gives those topics a superficial treatment. This is supposed to be a fun children’s book not a poco exploration of race poli ...more
So, i'm on the Asian/Pacific American Library Association's book award committee, which means i need to read and review a bunch of books before summer when the award is given out. I'm on the young adult and adult literature subcommittees. Year of the Rat is the only YA book i've been sent so far

There are certainly some nice aspects of this book that i'm appreciating as i'm currently working in the position of children's librarian in an East Los Angeles County Library: the discussions around immi
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
I am reviewing this for Hornbook. I respect tremendously what Grace Lin attempts to do and accomplishes here: the events are not super-dramatic, the characters are just your everyday regular children (although Pacy aspires to be a writer/illustrator, that is not that out of the ordinary) and although there are potentially explosive moments, the characters handle the situations realistically and never get into the melodramatic. I think I like this one even better than the first story of Pacy in T ...more
Ula Pranevicius
The book The Year of The Rat is very interesting. This book says a lot about Chinese folklore, moving, friendship, and the hardship of immigrant parents. I read this book after reading Dumpling Days by the same author, so this is like a prequel. So this book made the other book make more sense. I also really liked this book, because I got to be with the character I really liked from the other book. Besides our age we have so much in common.
The main character’s name is Pacy, who has quite a few
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I liked the sequel a little better than the first one probably because there is a bit more conflict surrounding Grace/Pacy's life to which I think a lot of kids could relate. The range of that conflict stretches from "not quite fitting in and missing best friends" to "casual racism I suddenly realize I've been actively practicing as well as receiving." Lin delivers important messages in a clear, concise, and not at all patronizing way. She takes difficult concepts like Taiwanese school systems s ...more
Jody Pupecki
Grace is such a wonderful children's author, writen so well even adults can enjoy them!
Becky B
Pacy is hoping that she makes it through the Year of the Rat, a year of changes, ok. It seems doubtful for a while. First, her best friend Melody's family moves to the other side of the country. And then someone tells her that becoming an artist is a cold door and possibly unlucky. The new Chinese family that moves into Melody's old house is awkward and Pacy decides to steer clear of their son, Dun-Wei, who can't fit in at school, and did I mention that Melody moved away? But eventually Pacy sta ...more
Okay, I found my Achilles heel. I cry at stories about immigrants (with the only caveat being that it must be done well, duh).

Pacy's back, and two years older. This Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat, is about to bring on some ch-ch-ch-changes! Pacy's best friend Melody may or may not be moving away to California, all the way at the other side of the country. The new family moving in is also Chinese, except Dun-Wei is not Melody, and Pacy feels like she's all alone. Meanwhile, she's still tr
In The Year of the Rat, one of the changes that Pacy faces is saying good-bye to Melody, whose family moves from New York to California. Yes, I know this can be a cliché. By removing a friend from the picture, an author is left with the ability to introduce new friends and hence new adventures. Remember, though, Grace Lin’s books are semi-autobiographical; Melody’s family is based on a real situation, which Lin weaves into her sweet and charming tale of family and friendship. In drawing upon her ...more
Jul 23, 2010 Evy rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Pacy/Grace's touching adventure from The Year of the Dog returns. As the Year of the Dog was very lucky, the Year of the Rat symbolized change. Some of those changes, Grace finds, are NOT OK with her. As in the Year of the Dog, Grace was very sure about becoming an author and artist. She was sure that was what her life goal was going to be. But with the confusion of the Year of the Rat, Grace is beginning to doubt her decisions. Maybe choosing that career would be choosing the cold door? Maybe s ...more
Grace Lin is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. The Year of the Rat picks up two years after The Year of the Dog with Pacy facing the confusing difficulties of growing up and learning more about herself and realizing she has the ability to shape her own future. Lin's writing is deceptively simple, easy enough to understand by young readers, but the issues and challenges Pacy undertakes will resonate with anyone who went through middle school as an outsider. The complicated feelings Pac ...more
I read the book that preceded “Year of the Rat”, “Year of the Dog”, toward the end of Aught 7 and was nothing but pleased. The book was not so much a story as a collection of events in the life of a grade school kid. At that age, school, family, and friends is about all there is. The characters were undeniably real. The semi-autobiographical protagonist made for some great examinations of Asian/American cultural differences that youngsters could understand. Well, Grace Lin continues the theme in ...more
The Year Of The Rat is about a girl named Pacy. This year is the year of the rat and it's a year of change. Pacy has a lot of change to go through and really all of it she doesn't like. Her friend Melody is moving to California and someone will be renting her house. Pacy and Melody start calling them the enemies. The enemies come and it turns out they are Chinese so every at school immediately starts paring them up. Pacy doesn't not like this at all. But every one makes fun of him and are mean ...more
Rita Crayon Huang
Grace Lin's The Year of the Rat is the sequel to her debut middle grade novel, The Year of the Dog (which I was completely gaga about). Once again Pacy's modern-day, American, grade school experiences, triumphs, and discoveries are peppered throughout with little stories and anecdotes told by her family: of their childhoods back in Taiwan, of their earlier years in the U.S., and of a lot of Chinese fables familiar to my heart. Plus there are these delightful line drawings. The emotional stakes a ...more
Abby Johnson
In this sequel to Year of the Dog, Pacy Lin is facing another new year. The year of the rat is a year for changes and Pacy is not at all sure that she wants anything to change. When Pacy's best friend Melody moves to California, Pacy feels lost. Her other friends at school don't understand her the way Melody did. Worse still, a new family from China is renting Melody's house and Pacy's parents expect her to befriend the social outcast Dun Wei. Pacy's questioning her friendships and her talents ( ...more
Eveline Chao
This book is really good. Even though it's not super plot-driven, and feels more like a a series of vignette-type scenes, I actually found myself anxious to get back to reading it in order to find out what happens next, which is kind of amazing for a kids' book. It also struck a chord with me in terms of resonating with my own experience as an Asian-American, & in a truly genuine, effortless way, much more than a lot of other adult Asian-American literature out there that work really laborio ...more
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Think of the great themes found in children's literature. The new kid in class/on the block/in the family. One's relationship with one's parents. And, of course, friendship. Friendship binds children's literature together. Series books thrive on it. Think of The Baby-Sitters Club, Sweet Valley High, or any of their modern incarnations. Classic children's literature used friendship as a focus as well. The Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace are one of the finest examples of this, and it's hard ...more
This was just as fantastic as The Year of the Dog, if not better. This novel upped Grace's challenges as far as feeling out of place in a very white school when her friend moves away (the only other Asian kid in the school, apart from her younger sister). The author really addressed racism as well as friendship, individuality, and doing your best in a good, straight-forward way. It's a quick and thoughtful read, and definitely great for kids to read from a more diverse perspective.
This book was just adorable.
The author has an earlier novel and this is the second one. It is not necessary for you to read the first to enjoy this one either. You are swept up into daily life with the Lin family and the events that start with their Chinese New Year. The stories explaining Chinese folk stories or family history are interspersed throughout the daily living. I was cheering along with Grace as she learns how to stand up against calling someone a name that is not very nice.
Tyler Jing
Grace has been best friends with Melody since a long time. The year of the Rat comes and everything seems to change. But most of all, Melody has to move to the other side of the country, California. After Melody leaves, Grace sees that life still goes on, but in a whole different way. Everything seems to be black and white without Melody. And after a "fresh of the boat" Chinese named Dun-Wei comes to be Grace's neighbor, Grace is more imitated to be Chinese than ever. She struggles her way throu ...more
Another delightful book about Grace (Pacy) and her struggle to figure out how she fits into the world around her!

This time, Pacy and her best friend Melody are faced with a year of changes that challenge their friendship, make Grace question her dream of becoming a writer and illustrator, and force her to face some prejudices of her own.

Grace Lin has an extraordinary gift for making the reader feel what her characters are feeling. Pacy learns lessons about herself and those around her in a wonde
Pat Knight
This was a lovely book, a fitting sequel to The Year of the Dog. I love the strong infusion of Taiwanese culture, including folktales and stories from the parent's childhoods. Grace has to learn the difference between things she can't change (and has to deal with) and things she can change to become the person she wants to be.
Pacy, or Grace, is very happy with her current life and does not want the year of the rat to bring her any new beginnings that would disrupt what she currently has. However, Grace must deal with her best friend Melody moving away, and a new Chinese boy joining her school. This forces Pacy to appreciate the good brought through change as she encounters prejudice and acceptance issues. This is another good book to have in the classroom because Grace Lin does an excellent job of incorporating Chine ...more
Flor De Vita
Another book of Grace Lin that I love. The chapters are short and the structure is simple but the story is amazing. I know that this book is for kids but I really enjoyed reading it. In some ways I feel that I can identify with Pacy. The little story about of the Pacys mom and Amah was touching. ...more
This book really inspired me to be thankful for my family and friends because you never know what might happen to them. Very interesting plot and storyline. Loved it. It was very relatable and I recommend it to younger teens.
Maria Helguera
THe book "Year Of The Rat" by Grace Lin is a intresting book to read when your someone thats not intrested in a book with words and drawings. However it is a book to read and enjoy reading with your children,parents,grandchildren and with others. This book is mix with both american and taiwness culture. it talks about her friend and gfamily following the story from the first book Year of the Dog grace goes through both happy moments and sad moments. Realisingn that you could still love and care ...more
I quite enjoy Grace Lin's books!

This was the sequel to The Year of the Dog, which I read a little while ago and liked. I decided to pick up this one last week when no Caudills were at the library, and I'm happy I did.

In this book, Pacy/Grace goes through another year of her life, beginning and ending with the Chinese New Year. Again I was reminded of Chinese traditions for the new year, which was fun. A few life changes happen to her, I learned a lot about Chinese/Taiwanese traditions, and it wa
Steph Gottschalk
An excellent sequel to Year of the Dog. I loved the progression of Pacy's character and her growing awareness of racial microaggressions from her peers without knowing what to do about it. I especially appreciated that the plot of "suddenly a boy appears" does not provoke the start of a romance, but instead adds another layer to Pacy's cultural identity. I really wish I'd had this series when I was a kid. It would have helped me recognize a lot of things I didn't work through until later in life ...more
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