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Dumpling Days

(Pacy #3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,872 ratings  ·  244 reviews
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
Hardcover, Hachette, 261 pages
Published January 2nd 2012 by Little, Brown (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chinese-take-out
My daughters and I are quite possessive of Grace Lin. We've been reading her books and following her blog for so long, we feel that we know her.

Our favorites are probably The Red Thread and The Ugly Vegetables, but we loved this chapter book for older kids as well.

I think the best audience for Dumpling Days is the 3rd-6th grade crowd, and it's especially good for any kid who has ever felt (culturally) like a stranger in a strange land.

Personally, I wish this book had been available to read befo
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I borrowed this from a coworker who's using it in a middle grade English class. It's a cute story of a Taiwanese-American girl traveling to Taiwan for the first time. It's pretty simplistic, even for middle grade fiction, but what I absolutely loved about it was the depiction of Taiwan. I'd love for people I know in the US to read this just get such an accurate glimpse of what Taiwan is like. At times I felt like I was reading about my own first impressions of Taiwan and seeing my exact experien ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, 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
Aug 23, 2015 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
Izze Brand
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book because it was cool to learn what Taiwan was like. The author did a really good job making you feel as if you were in the story.
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidfic, fiction
The third in a series which I have not read, this book is about Chinese-American girl Pacy, who visits Taiwan for the first time with her family for the summer. Since Pacy (pretty clearly a stand-in for the author) is skilled at drawing, her parents have signed her up for a painting class. She begins the trip excited, but this is a fish-out-of-water story (or rather, the more modern version of the fish-returned-to-the-pond-but-doesn't-belong story), and Pacy feels like an outcast, unable to unde ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a read-aloud to Willow (age 6) and she LOVED it. Great descriptions of Taiwan from a kid's perspective. Made me hungry for dumplings!
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
can't wait til Ellie can read this series! i thought this was the best one yet!
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this book helped me so much as a child, even thinking back on it now it brings tears as to how much the representation actually meant to me and helped me as a taiwanese-australian
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love it because I love Taiwan
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
It's summertime and Pacy Lin and her younger sisters Ki-Ki, 7 and older sister Lissy, 14, are on their way to Taiwan with their parents for their grandmother's 60th birthday and staying for a whole month. Even though Taiwan is where their parents are originally from, only Lissy has ever been there to visit but she was too young to remember it.

The Lins arrive in Taiwan right at the beginning of Ghost Month, a time when the ghosts and spirits of people's ancestors visit the realm of the living. Pa
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
In my opinion, this was a very good book, because of all it's humor, and great writing! It had many funny moments and was a very heartwarming story. It never fails at getting a reader to laugh. The main characters are Pacy Lin, and her family consisting of her two sisters, Kiki, and Lissy, and her parents. The minor characters in the book are Pacy's family in Taiwan, such as, Uncle Flower, Aunt Bea, Uncle Shin, etc. The story starts when Pacy is told that she and her family are going to Taiwan, ...more
May 28, 2013 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
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, arc, funny, kids, 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
Apr 29, 2012 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
Jan 07, 2014 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
May 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook-reads
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.
Mar 28, 2012 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.
Melisa Blok
Jan 01, 2016 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
Nov 16, 2012 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.
Amelia Feingold
Sep 08, 2013 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
May 04, 2014 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.
Elsa H
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love the book . Pacy and her family has to go to Taiwan to visit her relatives . For a month she is starting to discover her roots . Pacy and her family are enjoying the different types of foods . Such as the McDonald which they have rice cracker as a bun for the burger . Pacy also goes to the temples and all the traditional foods of Taiwan. At the end Pacy does not want to leave .
Aug 30, 2015 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.
Naomi Martin
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Choice book #1, Quarter 4

“Dumpling Days” written by Grace Lin is a fiction book. The book is about a girl called Pacy who is forced to visit Taiwan for a month with her family for an entire month to visit family and prepare for their grandmother's 60th birthday celebration. At first, Pacy is annoyed at her family and kind of embarrassed about going their because all of the other people that she knows is going to Hawaii or somewhere warm and somewhere that you could relax at. As the book continue
Barb Middleton
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-kids-books
Dumpling Days is a childhood story, reflecting on the author's first family trip to Taiwan, but so much more because it's also funny and endearing and universally relatable. What a joy to read. It's a story about Pacy, a girl of about 10 years old, and about being part of an immigrant family, part of two cultures and not fully of either, part of a dynamic and loving family, and also about being a sister, a skeptical eater, a homesick American, a budding artist and writer, a kid on a foreign adve ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think this book will appeal to children from grades 4 through 7, particularly TCK (third culture kids who are born in one country with parents born in one or more different countries and then all live in a country(ies) different from the ones they were born in). The story of Pacy is sweet but not syrupy, and is insightful in ways that can only come from an author who has had to adapt to a new culture as a child. Grace Lin, the author, in fact, based this story on her own experience as a child ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am pretty sure I have read at least one other book in this series, but this story is strong enough to stand on its own. The message is clear and strong: we are in charge of our own is identities and it’s okay to be two people at once.

In pacy’s case, that’s tawainese and american. Usually she feels too Chinese in her white New York suburb, (except for that one time when some other Asian girls figured out she didn’t speak Chinese or know much about the culture, so they called her a twinkie). Bu
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