Pandas on the Eastside

Pandas on the Eastside When ten year old Journey Song hears that two pandas are being held in a warehouse in her neighborhood she worries that they may be hungry cold and lonely Horrified to learn that the pandas origina

  • Title: Pandas on the Eastside
  • Author: Gabrielle Prendergast
  • ISBN: 9781459811430
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • When ten year old Journey Song hears that two pandas are being held in a warehouse in her neighborhood, she worries that they may be hungry, cold and lonely Horrified to learn that the pandas, originally destined for a zoo in Washington, might be shipped back to China because of a diplomatic spat between China and the United States, Journey rallies her friends and neighboWhen ten year old Journey Song hears that two pandas are being held in a warehouse in her neighborhood, she worries that they may be hungry, cold and lonely Horrified to learn that the pandas, originally destined for a zoo in Washington, might be shipped back to China because of a diplomatic spat between China and the United States, Journey rallies her friends and neighbors on the poverty stricken Eastside Her infectious enthusiasm for all things panda is hard to resist, and soon she s getting assistance from every corner of her tight knit neighborhood.

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  • 3.5 stars. I liked the cover and the title, so I checked this out of the library. The story takes place in Vancouver's Eastside in 1972. This is an area I travelled through every day for several months, so I knew the location, though not in quite the detail the author does. Journey Song, the main character, narrates, and she's an interesting 10-year old to hang out with. Her mother is a recovering alcoholic (who slips occasionally), her father has been absent her whole life, her best friend may [...]


  • This review is originally from my blog at dickenslibrary/201Apparently, you are not supposed to start a book review claiming that you love the book. I don't care. I've fallen hard for this story of Journey Wind Song and her community. Pandas on the Eastside is undoubtedly one of the grooviest books I've read in ages.It's set in the early 1970's in the downtown eastside of Vancouver in an inner city area known to locals as The Projects. While this is quality historical fiction and the gift of pan [...]


  • Brief thoughts originally published 1 February 2017 at Falling Letters.Pandas on the Eastside is alternative historical fiction, something I hadn’t previously come across in middle-grade fiction. The author’s note at the back of the book states, “In 1972, the government of China gifted two giant pandas […] to the people of the United States[.]” Prendergast notes that although the relationship between China and America was strained that year, the gift of the pandas went “went off with [...]


  • I am a too inexperienced reader of Young Audience literature to know if Prendergast is truly as good at writing this genre as I experience her to be. All I know is that she is my sister-in-law. So, to be a good brother-in-law, I read her high school-appropriate Audacious (2013) and was so impressed, I turned as soon as possible to the sequel, Capricious (2014), and found it just as good. Well, here I am now reporting that my favourite so far is her middle school-appropriate Pandas on the East Si [...]


  • I am a children's librarian with 20 years of reading middle grade novels, so I think I know a good one when I read it. Here's my review!Journey Song is growing up in the early 1970’s in a very poor Eastside neighbourhood. It’s true that neither she nor anyone else on the Eastside has very much of anything. But her somewhat troubled mother loves her and her teacher is both caring and hard-working. Journey and her quirky, loyal best friend Nancy enjoy their friendships with the real people who [...]


  • Pandas on the Eastside is s very touching story about a 10 year old girl who just wants to save some pandas and make the world a little better. Journey Song lives in an impoverished, and culturally diverse part of town. There are those who can barely speak English, there are others who have mental health issues, and prostitution, abuse, and broken families are the everyday reality. Journey knows this, but it is not what she sees as the defining qualities of these people, or her neighbourhood. He [...]


  • I was looking for a read aloud for the primary grades when I came across this book. I love the cover and I was intrigued by the title. The story is about a girl named Journey Song who was raised by her alcoholic mother. Things started to change for Journey when she witnessed her teacher breakdown with the news of her brother dying in Vietnam war. Journey wanted to help her be happy and encountered the story of Pandas being gifted to her country only to be caught in the middle of political tirade [...]


  • The title of this book intrigued me as I am mildly obsessed with pandas. Although the pandas are not the main characters they do provide a major plot framework. This book follows young Journey Song as she deals with the struggles of life on the Eastside of Vancouver in 1972. I wouldn't exactly call this a coming of age story, as the main charcter is only 10, but the reader does see a glimpse into the mind of a child whose innocence is beginning to drop. Journey's descriptions and feelings toward [...]


  • Pandas On the Eastside is one of the best books I read this year! It's abt"Panda Diplomacy" in 1972. Remind me of Because of Winn Dixie, but more fun! Historical fiction about detailed diversity. This book made me think of meaning of diversity and community through a 10 yr old girl protagonist, Journey. Having a dark skin had people in her Eastside community guess of her ethnicity in certain ways started a good yet comical story. 60's and 70's are interesting historical time, yet such dynamics a [...]


  • Neighborhood economic and cultural diversity--warm cast of scruffy locals. Mom is an alcoholic, mostly functional. Dad left when born--only 19, but comes back and they establish a nice relationship. Best friend Nancy can only read Chinese----"it's just a secret code, right--can't everyone read it?" Chinese shopkeeper helps with Bamboo/panda note. Journey is sturdy, capable and kind. One day her teacher, Mrs. Bickerstaff, finds out that her brother has been killed in Viet Nam. Journey decides tha [...]


  • Pandas is a well-written, smart and funny story. I'd love to try a piece of this as a read-aloud and see how students respond. This is good historical, realistic fiction for students who haven't explored the genre before. I loved the nuanced and sympathetic portrayals of a whole variety of characters. Predergast wants us to look past the stereotypes which plague people in poverty and see the range of experiences which build to make those people who they are. A good text for teaching about descri [...]


  • Drawn in by the stunning cover, Pandas on the Eastside is sure to be a delight for middle-grade readers. Young Journey Song is growing up in Vancouver's low income neighbourhood, the Eastside, surrounded by characters with interesting lives, when she learns of a pair of pandas being held in a nearby warehouse due to a political dispute. Journey's refreshingly sweet, but yet precocious attitude aid her in her adventure and desire to change the world. Cute tale.Short-listed for the 2018 MYRCA.


  • I really loved this book. The insight into The main character’s life. A life where she has to seen and experienced things daily that no child of her age should have to go through, makes her very empathetic towards others. This book made me cry towards the end. As a prolific reader I always feel if a book can provoke feelings of any kind then the writer has done a magnificent job. I will definitely recommend this book to others.


  • A delightful little "what if?" story about the 1972 gift of pandas to the US from China and what might have happened had they been delayed in Vancouver. Prendergast introduces the reader to an interesting bunch of people all through the eyes of Journey Song, a precocious ten year old who lives in Vancouver's downtown eastside neighbourhood.


  • Heartfelt story that rings true to all of life! What a story of determination, trust and acceptance. I laughed and cried and just kept reading. What a powerful read! Can't wait to 'book talk' this one to my students!




  • Well the last couple of chapters left me verklempt (I love that word). Short, sharp, funny, direct, and dangerously truthful. Journey Song's quest to change the world is beautiful.


  • Copy provided by publisherCybils Publisher/author submissionJourney Song has a hard life in a poor neighborhood in Vancouver in the early 1970s. Her father didn't stick around after she was born, and her mother is an alcoholic. Journey's school has many students who don't show up, and her best friend Nancy is developmentally delayed. When her teacher's brother is killed in Vietnam, she and Nancy go to visit and meet Ms. Bickerstaff's live-in boyfriend. Since there are rumors that two pandas head [...]



  • A heartwarming story about finding your voice and your place in the world. 1970's, activism, poverty, Vancouver, diversity, pandas, education, China, Vietnam war, dyslexia,


  • Cute, if perhaps not totally (at all?)realistic. I loved that Nancy could read Chinese better than English and it felt really rooted in the dtes. very feel-good.


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