The Year of the Garden (Anna Wang #5)

by Andrea Cheng (Author)

The Year of the Garden (Anna Wang #5)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Anna Wang
This prequel to THE YEAR OF THE BOOK follows perceptive, astute Anna as she strives to grow a perfect garden -- only to realize that the garden she grows with her new friend is more than good enough, weeds and all. A heartfelt and charming introduction to the Anna Wang series. When Anna is gifted a copy of The Secret Garden, it inspires her to follow her dreams--maybe she can plant ivy and purple crocuses and the birds will come. Or maybe what grows from her dream of a garden is even better: friendship. And friendship, like a garden, often has a mind of its own. In this prequel to The Year of the Book, join Anna in a year of discovery, new beginnings, friendships, and growth.
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Review quotes

? "Appealing both to transitional and fluent readers, this thoughtful prequel offers further insights into Anna's world for those returning to it, while creating a compelling story for those just discovering it." -SLJ, starred review "The parallels she draws between The Secret Garden and her experiences with Laura and the garden add depth to this thoughtful chronicle of adjustment. Delicate spot art highlights key elements. A gentle, feel-good story about the transforming power of friendship and gardening." —Kirkus "Cheng has a keen ear for the friendship dynamics of the younger set... Barton's softly blended monochromatic illustrations match the delicacy of the text. Fans of Anna and Laura's adventures will enjoy seeing the beginning of the girls' friendship." —Bulletin
Andrea Cheng
When she was eight, Andrea Cheng cleared out a space behind her house and made a garden just like the one in this book. Though she passed away in 2015, her books will continue to inspire. Learn more at

Patrice Barton earned a BFA in studio art from the University of Texas-Austin and illustrates books for children. Visit her at
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Guided Reading Level
Clarion Books
Publication date
April 20, 2018
Anna Wang
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV029010 - Juvenile Fiction | Nature & the Natural World | Environment
JUV063000 - Juvenile Fiction | Recycling & Green Living
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