Dumpling Days

By Grace Lin

Dec 12, 2011 | Reviewed by TFK Kid Reporter Rachel Ayres

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Number of pages: 272

What’s the basic story line?

When Pacy Lin and her family go to Taiwan for a month to help prepare for her grandmother’s 60th birthday party, Pacy isn’t really excited. Why can’t they just stay home and enjoy summer vacation? When they arrive, everybody says she and her sisters should be able to speak Taiwanese, but they can’t. Then Pacy has a hard time in painting class, and makes an enemy. What’s more, she gets lost at the market, eats chicken feet and has her fortune told! But she does have some good times with her family, eating lots of food, especially dumplings, and seeing amazing places. In the end, she realizes that being Taiwanese-American is who she is, and she is okay with that.

Are the characters believable?

Yes, the characters are believable. The Lins are a regular family. The three sisters fight and the youngest is always asking questions. The grandma and grandpa are kind, and the parents make the kids do things “for their own good.” And the characters have real problems, live in a real world and have real feelings.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being best), how would you rate this book?

I would rate this book a 9. It is a book that opens your eyes to a different culture and talks about things that kids can relate to. The author, Grace Lin, does a great job of describing Taiwan and the culture there. Also, there are cool pictures to show you what things look like. This is an enjoyable read.