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Grace LinGrace Lin grew up in Upstate NY with her parents and 2 sisters, who are featured in many of her books. Her Newbery Honor-winning novel Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, is an Asian inspired fantasy that some people call a Chinese Wizard of Oz. Learn more about the author at Grace Lin’s website.

Starry River of the Sky: A quiet gem of a novel

Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin

Starry River of the Sky, by Grace Lin, is a thoughtful, delightful tale, a quiet little story of awakening and forgiveness that would not only be a great on-its-own book for middle-grade and YA, but would also make a wonderful read-aloud thanks to the folktales at its core. And while it’s definitely aimed at that younger group, don’t assume that means a lack of maturity, for Lin displays a sophisticated sense of both style and structure here.

Our first line, “Rendi was not sure how long the moon had been missing,” introduces us both to the main character as well as to the folktale world we’ll be moving through. We meet Rendi, an angry young stowaway in a wine merchant’s wagon, just as he is discovered and left behind by the angry merchant at the inn of the tiny village of Clear Sky, on the edge of a barren, desolate flatland known as the Stone Pancake.

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More children’s fantasy by Grace Lin

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsWhere the Mountain Meets the Moon — (2009) Ages 9-12. This Newbery Honor book features magic, adventure, friendship, and even a dragon who can’t fly! In the valley of Fruitless Mountain, 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 beloved Year of the Dog and Year of the Rat, returns with a wondrous story of adventure, faith, and friendship. A fantasy crossed with Chinese folklore, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a timeless story reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz. Her beautiful illustrations, printed in full-color, accompany the text throughout. Once again, she has created a charming, engaging book for young readers.