Our house, even in a usual sort of week, sees a lot of binge reading of books by favorite authors, especially if there are sequels to be had. The current top of the heap is Grace Lin, first for her highly autobiographical Pacy Lin trilogy:
YEAR OF THE DOG,
YEAR OF THE RAT and
in which young Chinese-American Grace (Pacy) struggles to come to terms with what it means to be neither one thing nor the other, or maybe two things at once, or maybe something in between.
And also these two, slightly more advanced novels:
WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON and its sequel,
STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY.
These are fables that veer frequently off to present even more fables. They function very well as read-alouds, especially to children who are crazy for all things Chinese (as my daughter is), and have the patience for breaks in the central story. And also for children, and grown-ups, who are ready for a little reminder that even the smallest, youngest, most seemingly inconsequential person can triumph over adversity.