Andrea Cheng’s book featured in NYT article

Posted: August 26, 2012 in Middle school books

The Year of the Book, by Andrea Cheng

Andrea Cheng’s middle-grade chapter book, The Year of the Book, was praised in an article in The New York Times on August 23, 2012. The author of the article, Veronica Chambers, discusses three books in the article entitled “Universal Struggles,” and states Cheng’s book is the “best” of them. The book’s main character, Anna Wang, experiences friendship issues, while using books as her friends at the same time. Readers may recognize familiar titles that Anna reads, so this is truly a literary treat in many ways. In the story, Anna Wang is Chinese-American, like Andrea Cheng’s own children, who are young adults now and who have Chinese heritage on their father’s side; Andrea herself is Hungarian-American. Her family’s heritage appears as a thread in many of Cheng’s books, weaving multicultural understandings into the stories. Read the full NYT article here, and read more about Andrea Cheng and her many books for children, adolescents, and young adults here. As a bonus, Cheng has prepared a teacher guide to accompany The Year of the Book, designed to meet Common Core standards, and it can be found on her website, or use this direct link to the guide and other information for teachers about using Andrea’s books.


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