The Year of the Fortune Cookie (An Anna Wang novel) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-05 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 32 user ratings

" Great early chapter book about growing up and figuring out who you are, from the perspective of a Chinese American girl on a trip to China. I liked he illustrations too--just enough to add to the scenes they depicted. " said.

" I liked this book more than I thought I would. Even without having read the previous two titles, I didn't feel I was missing out on any important plot points. I do want to continue reading the series, though. These books would be perfect for the Ivy and Bean readers featuring a more diverse cast of characters and slightly weightier topics like cultural identity and adoption. " said.

" Third time is the charm, or rather, lucky with this series. Not that the other two are not good, but I think this one trumps them both. Of course, more goes on as Anna travels to China and starts middle school. Both of those adventures are treated with simplicity and pithy prose. Great series for the middle reader. " said.

" The third in this series about Anna finding her way and her identity in ways both ordinary and exceptional. These stories will be good for mature or more thoughtful independent readers, as well as older challenged readers who will enjoy the complexities of the relationships as well as the short chapters. The story line and subtleties may be lost on very young readers, however. " said.

" A short book about a 6th grade girl exploring the concept of being Chinese-American. The third book in the series.I like the fact that these books are short and a little easier to read than many books featuring upper elementary and middle school kids. I wish the books had a slightly more mature cover. Between their shorter length and their pastel covers some kids think they are meant for little kids. " said.

" Grade 2 and up; sweet third installment in this series about middle school protagonist Anna Wang; this time she travels to China to accompany her teacher who’s adopting a baby girl. The narrative is simple and the book isn’t too long, and Anna explores important questions about her identity (is she more American? More Chinese? Where is home to her?) in a gentle and sensitive way that’s just right for an elementary or early middle school school reader. " said.

" Such a sweet book and perfect for fourth graders and up with its innocence. Yet, at the same time, there is depth to the novel as well. Anna is Chinese-American and is invited to help friends of the family when they go to China to adopt their daughter. So much about identity in this book and how it feels to be in one place where you stand out as different and another when you look like everyone else. I adored the accessibility of this book and can’t wait to read the others in the series. " said.

" Anna goes to China with her 5th grade teacher and her husband to find the orphanage where her sister Kaylee was placed in. She meets Fan, a girl who works in a hotel, who's too nice to Anna to be true. I thought this book was not realistic. A huge departure from The Year of the Book. I think the older Anna gets, the more strange developments happen. And who is this "Andee" character, and why is Laura getting replaced? " said.

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