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The Year of the Book
by Andrea Cheng
TLA Bluebonnet Nominee
2014 Kids Wings Award Book
Junior Library Guild Selection

Anna Wang loves to read. Her favorite books are probably some of yours, too. She has found that books are more dependable than friends. Whenever Anna finds herself in uncomfortable situations like being left out, she flips open her newest book friend and snuggles contentedly into its welcoming pages.

The Year of the Book introduces you to Anna, a Chinese-American fourth-grader who finds friendship complicated. The popular Allison can change friends with the breeze of her whisper that can leave Anna rejected and alone. As Anna begins her school year, she feels abandoned by her best friend, Laura, who begins to hang out with Allison and Lucy.

Encouraged by her family, Anna discovers creative ways to finding happiness in sewing, cooking, crafts, and games. She even makes a special friend in the elderly Mr. Shepherd whose apartment her mother cleans every week. Ray, the crossing guard, proves to be another encouraging friend.

Friendship problems become the thread that runs through the months, but other themes provide alternating challenge and enjoyment. Always, her consistent friends are books. Luckily, her teacher, Ms. Simmons, lets her read what ever she likes, and she likes many! In her class, Anna masters the writing process, and finishes the year with a cheer in persuasive writing.

In addition, Anna goes to Chinese School on Saturdays where she is introduced to drawing Chinese characters, learning new words, and meeting and tutoring a special friend, Camille.

In The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng, readers can identify with familiar friendship problems and will find joy in cheering on Anna. Will Anna ever find the same satisfaction in frienship as she does in books? You will enjoy the story of her school year, told in present tense in the first person voice by Anna, herself. The events in the school year follow a month-by-month, holiday-by-holiday chronicle of problems, personalities, and celebrations that touch and shape her life. You will love the way she grows in empathy for others.


Research Links for
The Year of the Book
by Andrea Cheng

Weather Sites
Rainbow Facts
Optical Illusions

How to Make a Rainbow

Please Persuade Me Song
Transition Words and Phrases

Coloring Pages for the Chinese Zodiac

You can purchase the literature guide PLUS 53-slide interactive Jeopardy-type game for The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng for immediate download! Only $17.95!
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The Kids Wings literature guide PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng is now available!

This Kids Wings Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
Friendship Rules
The Hearts of the Characters
A 2-page Readers Theater Script
Growing the Story Themes
6 Chapter Groups with Vocabulary and Predict-Read-Confirm Chapter Questions
Writing About Perseverance, Chapters 1-3
Crossing the Vocabulary: Crossword Puzzle
3 Multiple Choice Comprehension Pages
Research: What Makes a Double Rainbow
3 Pages for Visualizing the Text
What's an Analogy?
Changing Point of View
Discussion and Writing Prompts
Secrets to Writing a Persuasive Letter, 3 page lesson
Writing a Persuasive Letter

Answer Pages
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game

The Year of the Book is included in the Kids Wings Trials and Courage Collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books all on one convenient CD. Included are 848 pages of activities in 22 titles PLUS 18 "Jeopardy-type" games! You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $12.95, but if you order Trials and Courage Collection, you can get 29 literature guides for only $25, or less than $1 each! This is probably the greatest bargain in the USA, as long as quantities last!


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