The Year of the Fortune Cookie

The Year of the Fortune Cookie Eleven year old Anna heads off to sixth grade leaving the comfort and familiarity of elementary school behind and entering the larger complex world of middle school Surrounded by classmates who have

  • Title: The Year of the Fortune Cookie
  • Author: Andrea Cheng Patrice Barton
  • ISBN: 9780544105195
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Eleven year old Anna heads off to sixth grade, leaving the comfort and familiarity of elementary school behind and entering the larger, complex world of middle school Surrounded by classmates who have their roots all in America, Anna begins to feel out of place and wonders where she really belongs When Anna takes a trip to China, she not only explores a new countryEleven year old Anna heads off to sixth grade, leaving the comfort and familiarity of elementary school behind and entering the larger, complex world of middle school Surrounded by classmates who have their roots all in America, Anna begins to feel out of place and wonders where she really belongs When Anna takes a trip to China, she not only explores a new country and culture, but finds answers to her questions about whether she is Chinese or American This young illustrated chapter book is the third in the series that includes The Year of the Book and The Year of the Baby For grades 1 4.

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    1. Anna is starting in the terrifying world that is middle school. Luckily, she gets the opportunity to do something amazing - go to China! Her former teacher, Mrs. Sylvester, and her husband are adopting a baby just like her baby sister Kaylee was. She's agreed to help them out since she knows the language and only one person can afford to leave with them at the time. Her real goal is to visit the guarded orphanage Kaylee was taken care of at. Anna and her friends sell fortune cookies to raise mon [...]

    2. This third novel in a series by Cheng stands right alongside the first two as an interesting and accessible read for the upper elementary crowd. The vocabulary is not difficult, and the text flows easily, making this a quick read and a very enjoyable one. Anna is a wonderfully likeable and realistic character. I have no idea what how it feels to look foreign in your own country, but Cheng has given me some idea if what it must be like. Recommend this to any upper elementary reader, especially on [...]

    3. The Year of the Fortune Cookie by Andrea Cheng, illustrated by Patrice Barton – Realistic Fiction, 3rd grade and up – I think these stories are just getting better and better. I loved reading about how Anna gets special permission to go to China with her former teacher to help with a baby adoption. I also appreciated how this had a reflection on self identity and writing skills. This is just a beautiful series of books. Who would think of making and selling fortune cookies for a school fundr [...]

    4. The third book in the series and I feel I have known Anna and her family for a long time. I love being part of their family and following Anna on her trip to China. Identity and culture play a big role in this book as well as adoption. Once again the author does a wonderful job in telling a story that will warm the reader's heart while providing much to ponder about.(Loved how I discovered other kid lit titles through these three books. In this particular one I learned about Jean Fritz' Homesick [...]

    5. After the amazingness of The Year of the Book and the not-quite-so-amazingness of its sequel, The Year of the Baby, Andrea Chang brings to us the third installment in the Anna Wang series, picking up right where Year of the Baby left off story-wise. With Laura, who has pretty much exhausted her potential after two books, off at a Catholic school, Anna pretty much only has her friend Camille as she's entering middle school. She ends up joining the school's Community Action Team (or CAT) and becom [...]

    6. So glad to have found my way back to this series. What a quiet, yet powerful, gentle, yet stirring exploration of family, friendship and personal identity. Friends are friend because they take time to let you know you matter, just the way you are. Anna is a mirror for so many readers who are also trying to discover their place in their world. Her school community is also something that could guide readers to organize and make a difference in the world. Can't wait to read The Year of Three Sister [...]

    7. As book #3 of the Anna Wang series, this book picks up right where book #2 left off, following Anna into her first year of middle school (6th grade) and a meaningful trip to China. Like the others, I really enjoyed this book, and the way it ended has me wanting to know more about the lives of its characters. I'll definitely be reading the fourth and final book, as well as book #0.5 in the near future!

    8. Anna goes to China with her 5th grade teacher and her husband to find the orphanage where her sister Kaylee was placed in. She meets Fan, a girl who works in a hotel, who's too nice to Anna to be true. I thought this book was not realistic. A huge departure from The Year of the Book. I think the older Anna gets, the more strange developments happen. And who is this "Andee" character, and why is Laura getting replaced?

    9. When a former teacher of Anna's decides to adopt a baby from China, Anna is so excited! Her family adopted her little sister Kaylee from the same orphanage that Ms. Stevenson is going to adopt from, and she is learning Chinese on the weekends. Anna is invited to accompany Ms. Stevenson and her husband on their trip to China to adopt Jing, and although she's uncertain about what she'll find there, she is excited to see the orphanage where Kaylee used to live. The trip proves to teach Anna about f [...]

    10. This is the third book in the Anna Wang series by Andrea Cheng. In the first book, The Year of the Book, Anna was in 4th grade and her best friend Laura now has different BFFs. Feeling like an outsider, Anna loses herself in books, but it is also the year that she begins to develop empathy for other people, including Laura. And Anna finds a new best friend in Camille, another Chinese girl.In The Year of the Baby, Anna's parents have adopted a new baby sister from China, but Kaylee, an otherwise [...]

    11. This book picks up a few months after the previous book. Anna is now in middle school, she is making new friends, finding new places to belong and best of all, helps out a whole lot of people and goes to China. I really love this series, but this one is really the best one so far. I rated them all 5 stars, but this one feels closer to a 5+ stars.This is mainly because of Anna. Anna who does everything for everyone, but still feels realistic. She still has worries, she still is unsure of a lot of [...]

    12. Even more than the last book, this installment of the Anna Wang series has Anna struggling with her identity. As a Chinese-American kid, I would have LOVED to read a book like this that specifically and explicitly explores what it means to be Chinese-American. Plus, this book would be a great way to expose elementary school readers to the idea of diversity, and it may help some non-Asian readers to better understand their Asian-American classmates. On the other hand, as with "The Year of the Bab [...]

    13. In this third book in the series, Anna Wang is starting sixth grade and gets the exciting news that her former teacher, Mrs. Sylvester, is going to China to adopt a baby girl, and wants Anna to come with her and her husband! Anna is excited, because she hopes to visit the orphanage where her adopted sister, Kaylee, started her life. Before she leaves, Anna and her friends sell fortune cookies and knit hats so that they can give gifts to the orphanage, and Anna starts to write a project for schoo [...]

    14. This sequel novel has 16 chapters to engage students. If teachers have bilingual students in classrooms, this book will be a good companion for them. In this sequel to The Year of the Baby, Anna has been waiting for 8-months to hear about the status of adoption of a baby from China for her former teacher Mrs. Sylvester. Anna gets the opportunity to visit China and she hopes to visit the orphanage her sister was adopted from. Her friends are excited to help out and they hold a bake sale to collec [...]

    15. I loved this book, and I don't really want to give it away to someone who is actually in the intended age range. Yet -A couple quarters ago I took a class on Multicultural Resources for Diverse Communities, and the children's book we had to read was Tikki Tikki Tembo. I wrote a negative review of the book based on postings I had seen online about how stereotypical the book was. It wasn't an accurate representation of Chinese culture. I can't say whether The Year of the Fortune Cookie is, either, [...]

    16. This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.As she did in the The Year of the Book and The Year of the Baby, Andrea Cheng writes beautifully in The Year of the Fortune Cookie about Anna’s family life and friendships, as well as her experiences in school and her internal struggles and emotions. Refreshingly, even though Anna is now in middle school, the author does not introduce a sudden onslaught of superficial dramas. Instead, Anna expands her circle of friends to include other like [...]

    17. Who knew that fortune cookies are a US product, not China?I very much enjoyed Cheng’s “The Year of the Book” and this keeps Anna’s story going as we are brought deeper into her family. We get to know her mother’s story, her little sister’s story, and Anna develops her own story as she explores what it means to be American-born of a Chinese mother. Through journaling, traveling, and homework, she discovers how she is unique, how she is the same as others, and that a little of both is [...]

    18. In this third book about Anna Wang, she finally has the chance to go to China. The adopted baby has come through for her former teacher Ms. Sylvester, and as promised, Ms. Sylvester will take Anna with to China to pick up the baby. Unfortunately, though, Anna's mother has just started a new job and cannot go with, but is willing to let Anna travel with the Sylvesters. As Anna prepares for the trip, she is also making new friends in Middle School, and getting involved in the Community Service clu [...]

    19. Summary:The third volume in the Anna Wang series, this juvenile chapter book follows Anna as she makes new friends, helps a couple in the process of adopting a baby, and discovers her identity. Aimed toward upper elementary readers, especially fans of Junie B. Jones, Ramona, etc.Review:A great novel for young readers to explore the idea of differences in culture, personalities, and environments. Anna is inquisitive, compassionate, and most of all, open and honest about what she's learning about [...]

    20. A short book about a 6th grade girl exploring the concept of being Chinese-American. The third book in the series.I like the fact that these books are short and a little easier to read than many books featuring upper elementary and middle school kids. I wish the books had a slightly more mature cover. Between their shorter length and their pastel covers some kids think they are meant for little kids.

    21. The third in this series about Anna finding her way and her identity in ways both ordinary and exceptional. These stories will be good for mature or more thoughtful independent readers, as well as older challenged readers who will enjoy the complexities of the relationships as well as the short chapters. The story line and subtleties may be lost on very young readers, however.

    22. Third time is the charm, or rather, lucky with this series. Not that the other two are not good, but I think this one trumps them both. Of course, more goes on as Anna travels to China and starts middle school. Both of those adventures are treated with simplicity and pithy prose. Great series for the middle reader.

    23. I liked this book more than I thought I would. Even without having read the previous two titles, I didn't feel I was missing out on any important plot points. I do want to continue reading the series, though. These books would be perfect for the Ivy and Bean readers featuring a more diverse cast of characters and slightly weightier topics like cultural identity and adoption.

    24. This is a fun book to read. It tells how someone from a different culture feels in America and in China. Anna's (the narrator) voice is exceptionally clear as she writes in her journal about her life. This would be a great read aloud with a unit on heritage.

    25. Great early chapter book about growing up and figuring out who you are, from the perspective of a Chinese American girl on a trip to China. I liked he illustrations too--just enough to add to the scenes they depicted.

    26. I thought it was important to read about the point of view of the young Asian-American girl. She made you think how she and how others seen her. I enjoyed reading. I also liked that the author included some Mandarin phrases.

    27. What at first seems like a light read turned out to be a wonderful stiory explaining difficult issues (adoption, China's one child policy) in very simple yet real terms. Each novel in this trilogy gets better and better.

    28. I truly love this series and have grown so attached to Anna and her friends. I especially love all of Anna's literacy experiences that make their way into every book as well!

    29. Following an amazing Chinese adventure with Anna as to goes along with her teacher and her husband to get their adopted baby girl. Anna learns more about herself and make a new Chinese friend.

    30. My 4th grader daughter and I are enjoying this series. We liked this one because Anna continues to make new friends and goes to China.

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