The Year of the Book

By CHENG, Andrea

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ISBN
978-0-547-68463-5 978-0-547-68457-4
Publisher
Houghton Harcourt


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on May 1, 2012  |  Grades 5-up

Gr 4–6—There is nothing quiet and self-conscious Anna Wong would rather do than lose herself in a book. Cheng weaves a simple story of how the child's inner world, built around the pages of books, shifts outward to include her family, a kind crossing guard, a widower, and a beloved teacher. Most of all, Anna gradually learns to open her heart to the joys and challenges of friendship. The writing is gentle and engaging. Cheng gives readers glimpses into the heart of a girl without the allure of action or adventure...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on May 1, 2012

Before the first chapter begins, we already know something about narrator Anna Wang: she always has her head stuck in a book. Nine-year-old Anna reads for all the right reasons ("Soon I am with Sam [in My Side of the Mountain], hollowing out a stump to make my own little house"), but she also uses reading as a shield against social exclusion (of the specialized fourth-grade-girl kind) and her own lack of confidence ("her face looks friendly, but I don’t know her so I’m afraid to go over to the group. Ins...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2012

Nine-year-old Anna, who always has her head stuck in a book, sometimes uses reading as a shield against social exclusion (of the ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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