The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng

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In Chinese, peng you means friend. But in any language, all Anna knows for certain is that friendship is complicated.
   When Anna needs company, she turns to her books. Whether traveling through A Wrinkle in Time, or peering over My Side of the Mountain, books provide what real life cannot—constant companionship and insight into her changing world.
   Books, however, can’t tell Anna how to find a true friend. She’ll have to discover that on her own. In the tradition of classics like Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy books and Eleanor Estes’ One Hundred Dresses, this novel subtly explores what it takes to make friends and what it means to be one.


About Andrea Cheng

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Andrea Cheng is the author of several children's books, including Honeysuckle House, Where the Steps Were, The Bear Makers, and Brushing Mom's Hair. She teaches English as a Second Language at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. She lives in Ohio with her family. Visit her website at: Abigail Halpin is the talented illustrator of several chapter books including Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, 2009), cover artwork for Emma Jean Lazarus Fell In Love (Puffin Books, 2010), The Melancholic Mermaid (Simply Read Books, 2010), Penny Dreadful (Random House, 2010) and The Grand Plan to Fix Everything (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, Spring 2011). Both illustrator and graphic designer, she lives in New England, a stone's throw from the Maine coastline. See her artwork at:
Published May 22, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 165 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Three new middle-grade novels feature girls from very different backgrounds dealing with the challenges of school.

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But for Nai Nai, he is a grandson.” Moving moments underscore the void his absence leaves: shopping for shoes, Sharon's younger sister, Mary, suggests they buy a pair for Di Di, and Mama replies, “We don't know his size.” Di Di's return brings different distress: he has no interest in playing wit...

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Cheng (Only One Year) credibly portrays Anna’s budding maturity, as she sets aside her resentment toward Laura and reaches out to her when her family hits a rough patch.

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She almost doesn't even mind that she has no friends at school, because she can always count on her books and her adult friends -- the crossing guard, her teacher, the elderly man in a wheelchair whose apartment Anna's mother cleans.

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Instead of silently reading to herself at bedtime, she starts the book she is reading from the beginning and reads aloud until her troubled friend falls asleep.Charmingly illustrated by Abigail Halpin, THE YEAR OF THE BOOK is filled with pictures and instructions that help illuminate Anna’s activ...

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