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The Year of the Dog

(Pacy #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  6,375 ratings  ·  683 reviews
A special edition of a modern classic by the Newbery-Award winning and bestselling author of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

When Pacy's mom tells her that this is a good year for friends, family, and "finding herself," Pacy begins searching right away. As the year goes on, she struggles to find her talent, deals with disappointment, makes a new best friend, and disco
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published December 20th 2005)
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chloe ♡
all the stars!!! this book is so wholesome and i wish i'd read this when i was younger. ...more
Alex  Baugh
The Lunar New Year lasts for 15 days, and technically, it ended on February 11th this year, with the first full moon and the traditional Lantern Festival. We were still reading and enjoying Grace Lin's book The Year of the Dog, her first Pacy Lin novel, on the last day of the New Year, but it is just too good not to write about - better late than never.

The Year of the Dog has arrived and the Lins - Pacy, her mom and dad, her older sister Lissy and younger sister Ki-Ki - are celebrating with all
Phil Jensen
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As perfect as a children's book can be.

Lin writes a sweet, direct, hopeful book that never loses its tenderness even when dealing with serious topics. In the course of this short, episodic text, Lin conveys the following:
* A light-handed tone that reminds me of Beverly Cleary, although Lin's stated influence is Carolyn Haywood
* A complete character arc in which the protagonist (Pacy) learns about her Chinese-American cultural identity
* A complete character arc in which Pacy seeks her talent, and
Tina Dalton
Dec 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
As the author states, "Growing up Asian in a mainly Causcasian community was not a miserable and gloomy existence. But it was different. I wrote Year of the Dog, because I felt that it was important to have a book that addressed those differences in a real and upbeat way. I wrote it because it was the book I wished I had had when I was growing up, a book that someone like me in it."

She succeeded! This book is cute yet poignant at the same time. I feel certain a fourth grader could read and enjo
Lily Koh
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This story is about a normal Taiwan girl named Grace, and her family, who lives in America. It is the time to celebrate the new year, but since they are so far away from Taiwan, they call their relatives. When they were celebrating, her mom told stories of the past about grandpa. After that, they went to sleep. She went to school the next day and found out that there was a girl just like her named Melody. They decided to be friends. They hanged out together and had fun. Now the rest of this book ...more
Corinne Edwards
My nearly 8 year old and I read this book together, every other page. We LOVED it. Pacy, also known as Grace, is a Taiwanese-American. It's not easy to be the only "different" one at school, and during the Year of the Dog, Grace not only finally finds a best friend, but she learns a lot about herself and what she might like to do when she grows up.

I thought this book was so cleverly written - you are enmeshed in their culture, learning about the things they eat, the holidays they celebrate, and
I wish all 2nd-5th grade classrooms could have this on hand for girls. Not sure they'd appeal too much to the boys, but girls who like realistic fiction could relate to this book and enjoy the series. ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had a big smile on my face the whole time I was reading this lovely little book. I love reading about other people's experiences and childhoods and this story gives a great glimpse into another culture. I can't wait to share this one with my daughter. :) ...more
Zoe's Human
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In this middle-grade, realistic-fiction novel, we meet Pacy Lin, the Taiwanese-American child of two immigrant parents. When her family celebrates the Lunar New Year, she learns that the Year of the Dog is a year of self-discovery and becomes determined to find herself.

This charming story is relatable to any child struggling to find out what their talent is and facing the every day challenges of a child's life. Additionally, it gently explores the real-life racism that even elementary school chi
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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When I was in fourth grade, the author of this book, Grace Lin, came to my school. For a while, I was OBSESSED with all of her books. I remember walking into the library and seeing this book in the top shelf. I loved this book because
- I felt like I could relate to the author, because she had come to my school, and I had the same passion as her, to write books for kids.
- This book is part of a series. I love a good series, because it keeps you on your toes.
I think that kids can relate more to
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it
It's difficult as an adult--technically an adult, not willingly an adult-- to read books like this and try to figure how a child would experience the story and the writing and the style. I remember being a kid reading books and liking them but not knowing why I liked them. I liked books because I liked reading; I liked the concept of having a story that I got to flesh out in my own mind by following a structure written by someone I never knew. And I guess I still like that about reading. But rea ...more
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I decided to read this book after being thoroughly impressed with Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. I was equally impressed with this book.

Grace Lin writes about a year of her childhood, the Year of the Dog. It is supposed to be a great year for making friends and finding oneself. There is a new Chinese girl at school and the two become fast friends.

I love Lin's writing style. It reminds me of Tomie dePaola's autobiographies but with an Asian twist. She's very authentic about not being sure if
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: older elementary kids
Shelves: kid-lit
This was a very nice read - well written with very intersting tidbits about Chinese culture. This was a heartfelt story about a young Chinese-American girl trying to fit in and trying to find her niche in life during the year of the dog, when you are supposed to find out who you are. I found it a little quiet for my taste (but then, I read gruesome murder mysteries) but it had such a ring of truth that it made me keep reading. I loved the little bits of wisdom the mother imparted from her life e ...more
Feb 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I don't know how to say this other than to describe this book as exactly what it tries to be. It teaches about Chinese culture and traditions with a cute storyline thrown in that is nice for a second or third grader, or maybe a fourth grader. There isn't depth of character or anything that will move you to feel much emotion, but it does what it sets out to do and kids will definitely win something while reading it. ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nostalgia
I loved this book when I was in early elementary school, so when I remembered it I knew it had to be reread! While admittedly slow moving and a bit boring sometimes, the descriptions of things like classroom parties and botched science projects reminded me of the happy simplicity of childhood. An overall sweet novel, and I'm glad I chose to check it out from the library again. ...more
Chloe T F2
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I read The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin, I remembered the stories that my mom told me about her childhood because in this book there was a lot of times when Grace’s mom would refer back to her childhood, and her childhood stories were a lot like the ones that my mom told me. In the novel, there was a story about the teacher cutting off her mom’s hair because it was longer than her ear, after reading that part I immediately remembered when my mom told me that her school was very strict about ...more
Sally Kruger
Growing up, Grace Lin loved to read, but she always wondered why there were never any Chinese girls in the stories she loved so much. After finishing art school, she decided to create the books she wanted to read as a child. Many of her chapter books feature a family just like hers.

THE YEAR OF THE DOG begins with the Chinese New Year. Pacy has hopes that this year will be perfect. Her goal is to "find herself." She'd like to be rich and famous, but finding a way to accomplish that proves difficu
Jamie (jamies_shelves)
Jun 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read this one with my 3rd graders this year.

I read it with the fully remote kids as a read aloud.

They really enjoyed this book! I had five kids that were fully remote by the time we started this. They were all Asian American and so they really connected with Pacy's family and culture.

It was so interesting to hear them discuss their own traditions. And how their parents and grandparents had told them similar stories about going to school when they were younger in different countries.

One thing
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wide-reading
"They say the Year of the Dog is the year for friends and family. But there's more to it than that. The Year of the Dog is also for thinking. Since dogs are also honest and sincere, it's a good year to find yourself." Pacy's mom imparts this bit of knowledge to her daughter during their families celebration of the lunar new year and the ideas stick with her throughout the year as she forms a new friendship with a new Taiwanese girl at school, and competes in the science fair and a book writing c ...more
A sweet, relatable story of the middle daughter in a Taiwanese-American family, Grace, finding herself and making decisions about what she wants to do in school and in life during the Year of the Dog. I loved how she found teachable moments in the stories of her parents and grandparents that were shared throughout the book; those really resonated with me, and demonstrated some of the struggles they had in immigrating and adapting in the United States, as well as growing up in Taiwan. The friends ...more
Wendy Bunnell
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read books with my son who is on the spectrum and loves books but doesn't enjoy reading. He's joined a book club through our local library, so now we're reading books I wouldn't have picked, but good for us to branch out.

This one was a little too much aimed at girls for my son (and my) tastes, and the chapters all seemed to contain an awkwardly placed story about the older relatives of the main group of sisters. I liked the stories from the past, but they didn't have anything to do with the ma
We listened to this in time to celebrate this year of the dog. The Year of the Dog is the year you are supposed to find out who you're supposed to be according to Pacy Lin's mother. This book chronicles that year and Pacy learns more about herself as she goes through 4th grade and has her first Taiwanese American friend in a school of predominantly White children, participates in the school musical, and writes her first book. I have loved Grace Lin's picture books for ages and assume that much o ...more
jess  (bibliophilicjester)
This was a really cute children's book! My work mom is Chinese, so I was familiar with some stuff, but I learned a few things I hadn't heard, which is always fun 😊🧧i could def see kids enjoying the audio narrator/how she read, even though 2x speed was still way too slow for me, haha. I liked hearing all the mom's stories - it reminded me of where the mountain meets the moon and when the sea turned to silver (also by this author). Seriously cute book and a fast read/listen. I got the next book of ...more
Jun 26, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5. Another enjoyable middle grade book. First person-It’s the year of the dog and Grace is sure that means it will be her lucky year. We get to follow along as Grace tries to figure out who she is supposed to be. Just a nice story with nice people and a chance to learn about a different culture.
Aug 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, kids, school
Between 3.5 and 4 stars. I am ever on the look out for books to add into my repertoire as read alouds for the 4th grade. This one deals with a lot of typical 4th grade issues, friendships and families but also with an Asian main character. A great addition to add so as to help more of my students see themselves in the texts I read.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this because my 8 year old daughter was reading it and I like to have stuff to talk about with her. It is a good book for an 8 year old. I love the aspect of Chinese culture and the simile that is used but this 1st generation Taiwanese American.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
My daughter loves it. There is so much she can identify with and it sparks so much side discussions of being Asian American, being mixed Asian (Chinese and Vietnamese) and not understanding either language fluently.
Amy Henry
Jun 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
A young Chinese- American girl shares her thoughts and perceptions of life. Readers learn about some Chinese traditions. Grace Lin struggles with all of the basic adolescent issues along with understanding her heritage.
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
I’m a teacher and read this since it’s a possible read aloud for one of our units of study. I don’t think it would really keep my students engaged.
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Great book for kids! Bonus points for exposure to Taiwanese traditions.
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