A Library of the School of EducationDPIUW-Madison School Of EducationUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonUW-Madison LibraryUW-Madison Catalog
About the CCBC
Authors and Illustrators
Recommended Books for Children and Young Adults
CCBC Calendar and Events
CCBC Podcasts
CCBC Publications
Intellectual Freedom

Support the CCBC
Support the CCBC
Are you a...K-12 TeacherLibrarianEarly Childhood Care ProviderUW Student / Faculty

The Year of the Rat

by Grace Lin

Published by Little, Brown, 2008
182 pages
ISBN: 031611426X

Ages 8-11

A sequel to The Year of the Dog (Little, Brown, 2006), this warm and funny novel opens with a scene from Pacy’s family’s Chinese New Year celebration. “Happy Year of the Rat!” her father toasts. Since the rat is the first animal of the Chinese New Year calendar, the Year of the Rat symbolizes new beginnings. New beginnings also mean changes, Pacy soon realizes: her best friend Melody is moving away. As the year unfolds, Pacy learns how to live without Melody at her side, and in doing so discovers what kind of person and friend she wants to be. She also questions her desire to write and illustrate books when she grows up, uncertain if it’s a profitable career path. When Melody finally returns for a visit, she comments on how much taller Pacy seems. It’s clear the Pacy has grown in other ways too, especially in her acceptance of change. Grace Lin’s second novel follows a similar recipe as her first, but has an even richer and more lasting flavor.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

book cover
Book of the Week

In accordance with the UW-Madison Accessibility Policy, this site makes every effort to comply with the World Wide Web standards defined in the Federal Rehabilitation Act Section 508, specifically subsections 1194.22 and subsection 1194.31. If you need additional resources or have any questions or concerns about this site, please contact the site administrator for more information.
UW crest