The Year of the Fortune Cookie

illus. by Patrice Barton. 176p. (An Anna Wang Novel: Bk. 3). Houghton Harcourt. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780544105195.
Gr 2–5—In this pitch-perfect sequel, Anna juggles the usual "starting middle school" trials in addition to trying to fit into both her Chinese and American cultures, spurred by her trip to China with her former teacher. Anna's new friend Andee helps her with this big step by sending her fortune cookies with personalized notes. Barton's winning illustrations continue to delight.
In her third chapter book, Anna Wang (The Year of the Book; The Year of the Baby), now eleven, begins to question her identity as an Asian American; a trip to China to help friends adopt a baby helps her sort out her feelings. As always, Cheng keeps the focus tightly on highly sympathetic Anna as she observes and processes her world.

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