Dumpling Days by Grace Lin
(A Pacy Lin Novel)

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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 class, and at first she's excited. This is a new way to explore her art talent! But everything about the trip is harder than she thought it would be--she looks like everyone else but can't speak the language, she has trouble following the art teacher's instructions, and it's difficult to make friends in her class. At least the dumplings are delicious...

As the month passes by, Pacy eats chicken feet (by accident!), gets blessed by a fortune teller, searches for her true identity, and grows closer to those who matter most.

About Grace Lin

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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.
Published January 2, 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 268 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Pacy and her family travel to Taiwan for one month to celebrate her grandmother’s 60th birthday, giving this Chinese-American girl another lens through which she can examine her identity.

Jan 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Dumpling Days (A Pacy Lin Novel)

City Book Review

A ten-year-old girl named Pacey went with her two sisters, Lissy and Ki-ki, to Taiwan for a month to be at Grandma’s sixtieth birthday party.

May 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Dumpling Days (A Pacy Lin Novel)


Written with specificity and detail about ordinary things --- like trying chicken feet for the first time --- the book captures the experience of traveling to a new culture, while also tracing Pacy’s larger journey to better understand herself and her family.

Jan 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Dumpling Days (A Pacy Lin Novel)

A Patchwork of Books

Ride with Me is the first original book that I have read in the Loveswept line, and I found it very true to the older books that I read and loved.

Jan 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Dumpling Days (A Pacy Lin Novel)

A Patchwork of Books

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Pacy (from The Year of the Dog, BCCB 2/06, and The Year of the Rat) is back, and this time her family is headed to Taiwan to visit family for an entire month.

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