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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (368 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Grace Lin Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464029134
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With her inspired works, acclaimed author Grace Lin has earned a Geisel Honor and a Newbery Honor. In Dumpling Days, Pacy’s family travels to Taiwan for a month. This is Pacy’s first trip to Taiwan, so she’s extremely excited. But soon she realizes that everything about this trip is difficult: speaking the language, following her art teacher’s directions, and even making friends. Fortunately, it’s not long before Pacy sees that the trip isn’t all bad—and that the family bonding that occurs makes everything else worthwhile. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Thoughtful and sometimes amusing, this episodic journey narrative captures Pacy’s emotions and reflections, whether they involve an unfamiliar (and literally alarming) high-tech toilet or her newfound understanding of what it means to be both American and Taiwanese. The first-person narrative pauses at intervals to include stories that Pacy’s relatives share with her, both traditional tales and memorable accounts of family members dealing with superstition, political oppression, and loss. While this engaging book broadens the series in a meaningful way, it also works well as a stand-alone title.”


  • “Narrator Lin brings just the right amount of warmth and angst…Pacy’s voice is childlike and inquisitive, and occasionally she sounds cranky until she begins feeling more comfortable in her parents’ homeland…Pacy’s concern about where she belongs, both in terms of country and culture, is resolved in this engaging story that is suggested for both series readers and new listeners.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A charming book about family and searching for identity…Dumpling Days is sweet, fun, and honest; its vivid descriptions and amusing anecdotes will whet reader’s appetites for dumplings.”


  • “As warmhearted as the first two…Lin once again touches the heart of growing up in a multicultural family.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 AP | 2/8/2014

    " Since I enjoyed the prior Pacy books, Year of the Dog and Year of the Rat, I really looked forward to reading Dumpling Days. I recommend this with caution. The story, dialog needed serious pruning. The narrative momentum dragged and slowed to a crawl in places. I struggled to finish this, a problem I've never had with Ms. Lin's prior novels. I was disappointed by some of the illustrations. Were the drawings supposedly done by the 10 year-old Pacy? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 2/6/2014

    " Pacy Lin is ready for the summer! But her parents have decided the family is going to visit Taiwan for a whole month. Taiwan? Pacy isn't even sure if she knows where that is. And when she gets there, Pacy looks like everyone else but can't speak the language, her art talent seems to have disappeared, and she has only her sisters to spend time with! But there's plenty of adventure in Taiwan, too. As the month passes by, Pacy eats Chicken Feet (by accident!) gets blessed by a fortune teller, searches for her true identity, and grows closer to those who matter the most. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimmie G | 1/26/2014

    " Not my favorite Lin book, but it would be great for 3/4 grade girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/25/2014

    " Like the other 2 books, I loved this "sequel" in Grace Lin's sweet series. This book has Melody's family traveling to Taiwan for the summer. Melody initially doesn't want to go, then finds that she's a big fan of the Chinese dumpling. A good series for middle grade girls (3rd-5th graders). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Jacobs | 1/21/2014

    " Good for girls aged 8-11 maybe? I'm not terribly interested in Asian culture, but it was pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/5/2014

    " This book continues the story of the characters introduced in Year of the Dog and Year of the Rat. This story continues as the family travels to Taiwan to visit their family for a month. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Kahn | 12/31/2013

    " I haven't yet yet the two earlier Pacy books. I know. An oversight that I am correcting this weekend. In this one, Pacy's family travels to Taiwan for the 60th birthday of her maternal grandmother. Sweet, funny, poignant and hunger-inducing. Pacy ate her way through Taiwan and I wanted to tasted everything she described. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Chang | 12/22/2013

    " I read this book to my 2nd grader and we loved, loved, loved it! We both teared up a bit at the end and can't wait to get dumplings this weekend. The food in the book makes you very hungry! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/14/2013

    " If you want to know what it would be like to visit Taiwan and some of the goodies you could eat there, you might like this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kamryn | 12/8/2013

    " This book was definitely worth my time! The Taiwanese culture is so interesting to me. This book was entertaining and also informational about Pacy's culture. Over all, I LOVED IT! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 7/23/2013

    " Terrific book -- this time Pacy is in Taiwan to meet her family & celebrate her Grandma's birthday. She learns some important lessons about happiness & family. A great follow up for the Year of the Dog & the Year of the Rat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms. | 4/8/2013

    " I enjoyed this story very much, but it made me hungry with all the talk of delicious Chinese food! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/16/2013

    " Loved this book! I learned quite a bit about Taiwan as well. I'll have to check out YIn's other books with these characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Prehn | 11/21/2012

    " Another great book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Livi | 9/18/2012

    " This book is byGrace Linand is really good. If you're Chinese or Taiwanese, you'll really get this book. If you're not, you'll still love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie Attaway | 8/30/2012

    " This is one of those books that you pick up and read in one sitting. I enjoyed it because the author's style of writing is so informative, fun, and easy to read. This book is funny, interesting, and you learn a lot about Taiwan culture. It is a great book, but the font drives me NUTS! "

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About the Author
Author Grace Lin

Grace Lin is an award-winning illustrator and author of children’s books. Her novel Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was a Newbery Honor book and a New York Times bestseller. She is a recipient of the Literary Lights for Children Award and was an Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominee for the United States. She received her degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.