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The Year of the Book: Anna Wang, Book 1

By Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Charming story of lonely, book-loving girl who finds friend.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 11+
age 8+

Great book for 3-5th graders

This book is appropriate, fun, funny and descriptive, and in some parts kid-friendly dramatic

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

In simple and honest language, THE YEAR OF THE BOOK perfectly captures the comfort that books can bring to a lonely life. Though Anna wishes the girls in her fourth grade class were more accepting of her differences, she also wishes they would just leave her alone so she could read the next chapter.

Anna is an appealing character whose struggles to accept her family's Chinese culture are believable, as is her reluctance to trust Laura, who's let her down before. Anna's eventual embracing of some of the differences that make her stand out from her classmates is empowering and may inspire readers to recognize the strength that comes from standing up for who you are. Sweet line drawings break up the short text, making it a delightful and quick read.

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