"The threesome's friendship feels genuinely complicated and endearing, with communication mishaps, cultural differences, and unmet, early teen expectations...This unique sisterhood beats with a gentle heart."
"The story focuses on conflicting emotions, cultural differences, and evolving friendships...Strong writing and fully developed characters resonate emotionally and introduce Western readers to the plight of Chinese migrant workers."
It's summer time and twelve-year old Anna Wang is writing letters and exchanging English for Chinese lessons with her pen pal Fan in China. When Anna and her friend Andee decide to invite Fan to stay as an exchange studentin Cincinnati, Fan responds in an unexpected way. Through this experience, Anna learns more about family values in today'sChinese culture.
In the fourth chapter book sequel to The Year of the Book, The Year of the Baby, and The Year of the Fortune Cookie, Anna grows her understanding of how to overcome conflictwith communication in orderto build enduring friendships. With lively and warm illustrations by Patrice Barton throughout.
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