Book Review: The Year of the Dog

by Melissa on January 27, 2010 · 0 comments

in 9-12, ATOS 4.0-4.9, Peoples & Cultures, School Life, Social Issues

Title: The Year of the Dog
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Author: Grace Lin
Lexile: [?] TBD
ATOS Level: [?] 4.2
Parent Rating:
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Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
GO For Ages: 9-12


Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life.


There are some very discussion points about how different cultures come together.  Pacy’s unique voice shares her struggles as the only Asian girl in her school. A good fit for the intended age-range.


None [?]

Sexual Content



Kids eat a container of Vitamin C, thinking it’s candy. Parents drink wine.




There is an emphasis on wanting to be wealthy.  Chinese names considered ‘wierd’ so the girls have taken on American names. We see multiple places where Pacy struggles to fit in to both American and Chinese culture-Pacy is called a ‘Twinkie’-yellow on the outside but white on the outside. A teen girl wants to be stylish ‘probably for boys’.


Mention of horoscopes. Strong belief in ghosts.

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