The Year of the Rat

Author(s) Grace Lin
Age Group 8-12
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN 978-0316033619
Year 2009

As the book begins, Pacy and her family celebrate the Year of the Rat. The year brings big changes: Pacy must deal with the possibility of her best friend Melody, moving away, find the courage to forge on with her dream of becoming a writer and illustrator, deal with the prejudice directed toward a new student from China and learn to face some of her own flaws in the process. Along the way, Pacy encounters prejudice, struggles with acceptance and finds the beauty in change.

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