Grace Lin is the award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator of Starry River of the Sky, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, The Year of the Dog, The Year of the Rat, Dumpling Days, and Ling & Ting, as well as picture books such as The Ugly Vegetables and Dim Sum for Everyone! Grace is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Massachusetts. Her website is www.gracelin.com.
Gr 3-6-Pacy, an 11-year-old Taiwanese-American girl first introduced in Grace Lin's The Year of the Dog (2005) and The Year of the Rat (2008), is struggling to balance two cultures and find her own identity. In this episode (2012, all Little, Brown), she travels with her family to Taiwan to attend their grandmother's birthday. Pacy is nervous about the visit because she doesn't speak Chinese and wonders what her extended family will think of her. As she experiences Taiwanese culture, meets kind relatives, and enjoys wonderful food, she gradually comes to appreciate her heritage. Lin's story is full of warmth and gentle humor. She includes interesting details about Taiwan and descriptions of food, holidays, and even the toilets. Despite the exotic setting, Pacy's family relationships and adventures are amusing because they are familiar: she has conflicts with her sisters, feels lost in unfamiliar places, and has fun trying new things. Angela Lin does a good job of voicing Pacy and her sister. She moves easily into the Chinese accents of Pacy's Taiwanese relatives, and authentically pronounces the few Chinese words. A good choice for Asian-American children who might be balancing two worlds, as well as for classes studying different cultures.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Humorous and thoughtful, with serious issues approached with a
light touch.... Readers new to the series will enjoy meeting Pacy,
and fans will be satisfied as well."--School Library Journal
"Thoughtful and sometimes amusing.... While this engaging book broadens the series in a meaningful way, it also works well as a stand-alone title."--Booklist
* "Read this aloud when studying China and Taiwan, when studying the many cultural heritages of America, or just for fun."--Library Media Connection, starred review
"This third outing is as warmhearted as the first two. Deftly weaving together historical anecdotes and simple line illustrations, Lin once again touches the heart of growing up in a multicultural family."--Kirkus