The Year of the Baby (Anna Wang #2)

by Andrea Cheng (Author) Patrice Barton (Illustrator)

The Year of the Baby (Anna Wang #2)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Anna Wang

Last year, Anna learned how to be a good friend. Now that her family has adopted a baby girl from China, she wants to learn how to be a good sister. But the new year proves challenging when the doctor warns that the baby isn't thriving. Can Anna and her best friends, Laura and Camille, create a science project that saves the day?

In this heartwarming sequel to The Year of the Book, readers will be just as moved by Anna's devotion to her new sister as they will be inspired by her loving family and lasting friendships.

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Review quotes

Middle-grade readers will find many ways to connect with Anna and her friends in this warm family and school story.

This book deals deftly with a range of thorny adoption- and ethnic-stereotyping issues, such as the abandonment of female Chinese infants and the assumption that all Asians are gifted students, and it has special meaning for families touched by adoption.
School Library Journal, starred review

The science-fair and adoption angles make this useful in a number of settings, and readers who have followed Anna since fourth grade will hope Cheng goes on to keep tabs on her as she reaches sixth grade.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Andrea Cheng
Andrea Cheng writes picture books and middle grade and young adult novels, and also teaches English as a Second Language and children's literature. She walks daily near her Ohio home. Visit her website at Patrice Barton's talents were discovered at age three, whens she created a mural with a pastry brush and Crisco. She lives in Austin with her family. Visit her website at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Clarion Books
Publication date
April 20, 2014
Anna Wang
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV011020 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Asian American
JUV013070 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
JUV013010 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Adoption
JUV013040 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | New Baby
Library of Congress categories
Intercountry adoption
Best friends
Science projects
Chinese Americans

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