Synopses & Reviews
In the vein of Year of the Dog and The Higher Power of Lucky, this Middle Eastern coming-of-age story is told with warmth, spirit, and a mischievous sense of humor
Spunky eleven-year-old Wadjda lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with her parents. She desperately wants a bicycle so that she can race her friend Abdullah, even though it is considered improper for girls to ride bikes. Wadjda earns money for her dream bike by selling homemade bracelets and mixtapes of banned music to her classmates. But after she's caught, shes forced to turn over a new leaf (sort of), or risk expulsion from school. Still, Wadjda keeps scheming, and with the bicycle so closely in her sights, she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
Set against the shifting social attitudes of the Middle East, Wadjda explores gender roles, conformity, and the importance of family, all with wit and irresistible heart.
* "Lin does a remarkable job capturing the soul and spirit of books like those of Hayward or Maud Hart Lovelace, reimagining them through the lens of her own story, and transforming their special qualities into something new for today's young readers."--Booklist, starred review
"This comfortable first-person story will be a treat for Asian-American girls looking to see themselves in their reading, but also for any reader who enjoys stories of friendship and family life."--Kirkus
"Lin creates an endearing protagonist, realistically dealing with universal emotions and situations. Girls everywhere, but especially those in the Asian-American community, will find much to embrace here."--Publishers Weekly
"Entertaining and often illuminating."--The Horn Book
This middle grade novel is based on the acclaimed film of the same name!
“A slyly subversive delight.”—Dana Stevens, Slate.com
“Wadjda is something rare.”—The Village Voice
“Guaranteed to charm.”—Variety
“Lively and sly... a cultural thunderclap." - NPR.org
This funny and profound debut novel by prolific illustrator Lin tells the story of young Pacy who, as she celebrates the Chinese New Year with her family, discovers this is the year she is supposed to "find herself." Illustrations.
It's the Chinese Year of the Dog, and as Pacy celebrates with her family, she finds out that this is the year she is supposed to "find herself." Universal themes of friendship, family, and finding one's passion in life make this novel appealing to readers of all backgrounds. This funny and profound book is a wonderful debut novel by a prolific picture book author and illustrator and has all the makings of a classic.
About the Author
Grace Lin is the award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator of Starry River of the Sky
, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
, The Year of the Dog
, The Year of the Rat
, Dumpling Days
, and Ling and Ting
as well as picture books such as The Ugly Vegetables
and Dim Sum for Everyone!
Grace is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Massachusetts.
Her website is www.gracelin.com.