Where The Mountain Meets The Moon by Grace LinWhere The Mountain Meets The Moon by Grace Lin

Where The Mountain Meets The Moon

byGrace Lin

Paperback | April 12, 2011

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A Newbery Honor WinnerANew York TimesBestseller
This stunning fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore is a companion novel toStarry River of the Skyand theNew York Timesbestselling and National Book Award finalistWhen the Sea Turned to Silver
In the<_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_placetype _w3a_st="on">valleyof<_st13a_placename _w3a_st="on">Fruitlessmountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer.

Grace Lin, author of the belovedYear of the DogandYear of the Ratreturns with a wondrous story of adventure, faith, and friendship. A fantasy crossed with Chinese folklore,Where the Mountain Meets the Moonis a timeless story reminiscent ofThe Wizard of Ozand Kelly Barnhill'sThe Girl Who Drank the Moon. Her beautiful illustrations, printed in full-color, accompany the text throughout. Once again, she has created a charming, engaging book for young readers.
Grace Lin is the award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator ofStarry River of the Sky,Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, When the Sea Turned to Silver,The Year of the Dog,The Year of the Rat,Dumpling Days, and the Ling & Ting series,as well as picture books such asThe Ugly VegetablesandDim Sum for Everyone!Grace is a graduate...
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Title:Where The Mountain Meets The MoonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.62 × 5.25 × 1 inPublished:April 12, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316038636

ISBN - 13:9780316038638

Appropriate for ages: 8

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book! I was completely taken with this book when I read it. It is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written. I would highly recommend it for any of the young readers I know!
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book You'll Fall In Love With Personally, I read this book at a very young age and it was truly one of the first books I fell in love with growing up. Since then I think I've re-read it about five times, but the short folk tales paired with colourful visuals never fail to capture me time and time again.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful find I loved this book. It is so engaging, fun and sweet. Makes you want to find more folktales. This is a great book if you want to read a chapter a day to a child. There is such kindness in this book.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON by Grace Lin is the story of Minli, a young girl who lives with her Ma and Ba in the Village of Fruitless Mountain, who decides to find the Old Man of the Moon and change her fortune. This was a beautiful fantasy novel, filled with Chinese folklore and illustrations (by the author I believe) that every middle grade reader should have on their shelf. This book is filled with stories and that really spoke to the past child-me who wanted to learn about every myth, legend and historical event of a book’s world. INKHEART by Cornelia Funke will forever be my favourite childhood book for this reason. To clarify, there would be the story of Minli, what I’d call the main text and then there were the stories the characters would tell each other. These stories were given a different format – italicized font, a title separating it from the main text – so it felt like a story within a story. These stories would either be inspired by Chinese folklore and the author’s imagination or were only slightly embellished (Lin 294). What I loved most about these stories, they were all connected in one way or another. For example, a main character of one story might be a minor character in another. After a story has been told, a character of it might be mentioned in passing, so you start picking up on that. How these stories were connected with each other and the main text really depended on the character telling it and where that character lived. Truly stunning! I loved every character in this book – from Minli to her parents to the minor characters and even the villains/antagonists in the stories the characters told to each other. However, the characters aren’t as impressive as the characters of other middle grade books. This is not to say the characters are underdeveloped but this book is basically a book of fairytales, so the characters aren’t meant to be that complex. I’m worried a MG reader might get bored, when thinking about characters of other books. I would also say this book might be a hit or miss for people that don’t usually read middle grade. I loved this for the stories, but if you don’t enjoy them, I’m not sure if the characters can tide you over. I was never bored with the plot and I think Lin is a born storyteller. The things the author would come up with and how Minli & other characters overcame those odds were incredible. I found myself being able to easily guess what would happen next, but that didn’t deter from the story for me. I think this was done on purpose and fit with the whole fairytale format. I wasn’t familiar with any of the folktales but being able to still guess what would happen in most cases helped me connect with those stories and characters. I also loved that Ma and Ba regularly had chapters told in their POV. Usually in fairytales, the parents are absent but this was a nice and realistic change. I would 100% recommend this book. The originality of the stories and the people and creatures Minli meets on her journey was absolutely amazing! Talking fish, dragons, beautiful illustrations and greedy monkeys?! What more could you ask for? I can’t wait to read more of Lin’s works. Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars.
Date published: 2016-12-31