Distrustful of the girls at school, Anna Wang prefers books for company. She loves to meet new characters and spend her time exploring her latest library book. When Anna’s old friend Laura tries to reach out and be a friend again, Anna is too busy reading to notice. Although books are good entertainment, they can never replace real friendship. In The Year of the Book, Anna slowly learns how to make friends and how to be a friend herself.
Anna’s story combines the magic of reading good books with the importance of kindness and friendship. Shy, young readers will relate to Anna’s desire to hide behind her books. However, Anna’s experience also teaches the happiness and contentment that comes from making and being a friend. The Year of the Book is a light and entertaining story which includes powerful lessons about family, culture, and friends.