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There was no day that dumplings couldn't make better.

Pacy is back! The beloved heroine of The Year of the Dog and The Year of the Rat has returned in a brand new story. This summer, Pacy's family is going to Taiwan for an entire month to visit family and prepare for their grandmother's 60th birthday celebration. Pacy's parents have signed her up for a Chinese painting class, and at first she's excited. This is a new way to explore her art talent! But everything about the trip is harder than she thought it would be--she looks like everyone else but can't speak the language, she has trouble following the art teacher's instructions, and it's difficult to make friends in her class. At least the dumplings are delicious...

As the month passes by, Pacy eats chicken feet (by accident!), gets blessed by a fortune teller, searches for her true identity, and grows closer to those who matter most.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on January 2, 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0316125903
ISBN-13: 9780316125901
23 Book Reviews
  • bsc
    bscWednesday, November 25, 2020 at 7:21 am55 starsFeatured
    This book was so good! It is summer and Pacy is going with her family to visit Taiwan for the summer. Pacy isn't quite thrilled, but she knows she has to go. They're celebrating her grandmother's 60th birthday! To keep her occupied, Pacy's parents sign her up for a painting class, her sister a lettering class, and her younger sister a paper cutting class. Except...the class for her isn't going to well. She can't seem to do any of it right. Pacy makes all sorts of memories and experiences on this vacation. One of her favorite are eating dumplings! Who doesn't like dumplings? This book was magnificent and I liked it so much because the author visited my school! Happy reading! I rate this book 5/5.
    • kewlkat
      kewlkatThursday, November 19, 2015 at 5:00 pm
      I loved this book.
      • thecatsmeow
        thecatsmeowFriday, November 13, 2015 at 3:50 pm
        I love the food in this book! My especial favorite is xiaolongbao, which I had in Taiwan.
        • pandagirlrocks1
          pandagirlrocks1Friday, November 13, 2015 at 2:06 pm55 stars
          awesome awesome awesome awesome [3 hours later} awesome awesome awesom
          • happypug12
            happypug12Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 6:34 am44 stars
            Dumpling Days was wonderful, heartwarming, and best of all, mouthwatering. I have read all Grace Lin's previous books, and she never has lost her touch in a single one of them to make my mouth drool and stomach growl. I also love her short stories inside the actual story. This was a perfect book that you will sympathize with and smile with.
            • chinagirl24
              chinagirl24Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm
              I like this book
              • Book NerdTuesday, April 22, 2014 at 9:10 am
                Best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                • jellolive12
                  jellolive12Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 7:44 am33 stars
                  I like this book
                  • frankiebaby
                    frankiebabySaturday, March 15, 2014 at 11:05 am
                    I love dumplings
                    • jordin
                      jordinTuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11:46 am
                      i love this book it is very interesting grace lin is my 2nd favorite author. grace lin even came to my school once she is a very nice person
                      • bsc
                        bscWednesday, November 25, 2020 at 7:21 am55 stars
                        Same!