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From bestselling author Grace Lin comes the companion to the Newbery Honor winner Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and the National Book Award finalist When the Sea Turned to Silver. The moon is missing from the remote Village of Clear Sky, but only a young boy named Rendi seems to notice! Rendi has run away from home and is now working as a chore boy at the village innFrom bestselling author Grace Lin comes the companion to the Newbery Honor winner Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and the National Book Award finalist When the Sea Turned to Silver.The moon is missing from the remote Village of Clear Sky, but only a young boy named Rendi seems to notice! Rendi has run away from home and is now working as a chore boy at the village inn. He can't help but notice the village's peculiar inhabitants and their problems.But one day, a mysterious lady arrives at the Inn with the gift of storytelling, and slowly transforms the villagers and Rendi himself. As she tells more stories and the days pass in the Village of Clear Sky, Rendi begins to realize that perhaps it is his own story that holds the answers to all those questions.Newbery Honor author Grace Lin brings readers another enthralling fantasy featuring her marvelous full-color illustrations. Starry River of the Sky is filled with Chinese folklore, fascinating characters, and exciting new adventures....

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ISBN : 9780316125956
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Starry River of the Sky Reviews

  • Betsy
    2018-12-29 16:10

    I remember when Grace Lin first started writing chapter books for kids. She'd been doing picture books (mostly for others) for years and when at last she started creating small semi-fictionalized memoirs based on her own experiences she ended up tapping into a kind of 21st century need for books with a realistic "classic" (forgive the phrase) feel. The sideways shift into fully illustrated full-color folktale-based fiction felt simultaneously like a throwback to a long-forgotten era (particularly when you consider how few straight folktales are published these days) and a very hip and modern mix-and-meld of text and image and tale. The gamble paid off (they don't throw Newbery Awards at every book that meanders down the pike after all) and now, years later, Ms. Lin returns with yet another folktale/fiction retelling. She can no longer claim the small unnoticed status she once enjoyed. Not if she keeps writing books as good as this one anyway.This wasn't part of the plan. Not the way he envisioned it, anyway. When Rendi hid in the wine merchant's traveling cart he naturally assumed it would take him somewhere big and populated. The last thing he expected was to be dumped in the middle-of-nowhere Village of Clear Sky. Now a chore boy in the only inn in the vicinity, Rendi takes his frustrations out on the inhabitants. It isn't until a mysterious and beautiful lady appears telling strange tales that he finds himself wrapped up in a mystery that may answer a twin problems: The location of the moon that disappeared several nights ago and the reason that only Rendi can hear unknown groans and moans on the night wind.Though I knew walking in that the book wasn't going to be a sequel to Lin's Newbery Honor winning title Where the Mountain Meets the Moon I wasn't prepared for the overlapping elements that connect the two books. Interestingly both books have the same villain, though as before he is seen off-screen and mostly in retrospect. Magistrate Tiger isn't your standard stock villain, though. He has his moments of softness, if not goodness. These moments serve to make him far more interesting that the countless two-dimensional baddies that populate so many of our children's books. Other connections exist as well. The old man of the mountain with his book who was so sought after in "Where the Mountain" may indeed make an appearance in the second as well. And then there's a certain killer tiger . . .As with Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (and even her works of realistic fiction, for that matter) Lin peppers her tale with classic Chinese folktales, adapted and reconstructed to serve the story. Yet unlike her other book Ms. Lin's stories here are becoming increasingly sophisticated. They all engage in a cyclical pattern. Seemingly unconnected at the start, every tale refers back to its teller in some way, and some even double back to tell stories that lead directly into tales already heard. By the time you reach the end you realize that no tale exists entirely by itself and that the key to the mystery and the solution to the story lies in remembering each tale. The crazy thing is that even as the book does this it appears on the outset to just be this sweet and simple children's story. Fair play to Lin's mad plotting skills then.With its subdued cover and literary title, this is probably going to have to be one of those books that need to be talked up to get kids interested. The already existing Lin converts who ate up all her Pacy titles and devoured Where the Mountain Meets the Moon will naturally gravitate to the book anyway. For the others, it may take a little finagling. Fortunately a booktalk for this title basically writes itself. All you have to do is mention a boy with a mysterious path on the run, magic toads, bandits and kidnap attempts, thwarted lovers, tricking people into eating snails, and a mysterious being that moans in misery and pain but can only be heard by our hero and voila! Instant if not interest then curiosity.When an author for children is good from the get-go it can sound like a bit of backhanded praise to say that they've improved over the years. Ms. Lin has always been an accomplished author and her plots have certainly always worked. Yet with Starry River of the Sky she cranks up the quality an additional notch or two. Perfectly planned and wholly original, she delivers her best novel for kids yet. It just works.

  • Ms. Yingling
    2018-12-22 15:17

    This is one of those books that makes me feel like an AWFUL librarian. All the cool kids like it, but I found it personally painful to read. I don't know why-- I usually adore books with an Asian theme even though they are a hard sell at my school. Most commenters say this is lyrical and beautifully written, which is true, but my students never ask for lyrical books. My problem, what made me take my glasses off and scrub my face in frustration, was that not much happened, and the minute it did, the story was interrupted with a bit of legend with Apparent Deep Meaning. I had to read the legend and try to interpret it while just wanting to find out what was going on. The only comment I had made about Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was that it seems to young for middle school, and maybe this is the case with this book. If this sort of book would circulate at my library, I would buy it, but I just don't see it doing well, and I found it so frustrating that I would find it hard to recommend.Clearly, I am completely alone in this opinion.

  • Barb Middleton
    2019-01-10 18:06

    Taiwanese workers have been fixing the leaking hot water pipes in our apartment. Custom is to not wear shoes inside apartments, but I cringe thinking they will slice open their foot on the shards of bricks, concrete and tiles scattered on the floor. I point to the tennis shoes I'm walking around in and say, "Okay... shoes." Then I give the thumbs up. They laugh and I noticed over the course of a week them eventually wearing shoes inside the apartment. While I like this custom of removing shoes, I think exceptions are okay too. The joy of living overseas is this sharing of cultures and I love how Grace Lin mixes Asian customs and blends cultures in a seamless way in her novels. This story takes Chinese folklore and weaves it into a storyline so masterfully that if you aren't familiar with them, you would think Lin made the stories up.Rendi has run away from home and ends up in a remote village as a chore boy at an Inn. He is horribly angry with his father's choices. At the village Inn Rendi meets people who care about each other and who are also dealing with their own problems. Peiyi's mom has died. Master Chao fights with his neighbor, Widow Yang, and his son left after they had a horrible argument. MeiLan, Widow Yang's daughter, must secretly be friends with Peiyi and is in love with Master Chao's son. Mr. Shan is an old man who eats at the Inn every day and is getting more and more confused as the days go by. Worst of all the moon is missing and Rendi hears the night wind moaning and groaning so he can't sleep. When the mysterious Madame Chang arrives at the Inn she tells stories that not only entertain the guests but help heal their troubles. When Rendi joins in with his own stories he finds healing in a way he didn't expect.Grace Lin's use of images such as prayer beads, dragon's pearl, lychees, peach symbol of longevity, and more, creates a setting rooted in Asian culture. Yet the themes are universal and abundant. Characters are searching for peace, acceptance, family, wisdom, belonging, and forgiveness. While this is mainly Rendi's story, she entangles all the stories in such a way that I found myself going back to reread what happened in a previous story because it applied to a future story. The complexity of how Lin interconnects these stories and characters makes for a terrific plot.Those who read Lin's book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, will recognize Magistrate Tiger, the White tiger, and the old sage, but this story seemed more complex because of the plotting.  Lin's character's are engaging and interesting from the tension caused by their internal changes. Rendi has to make choices on his attitude toward others, the way he wants to live his life, and decision to forgive others, and what it means to "return home." Rendi grows into a better person from his experiences and I can't help but think of my own life of living overseas, growing as an individual, and eventually "returning home."There's a lot of Newbery buzz around this one. I can see why.Reading level 5.8

  • Katherine Cowley
    2018-12-26 15:22

    A modern retelling of traditional Chinese stories, this book is set in the same story world as Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. It’s not a sequel (it’s set several hundred years before the other story), but it’s not exactly a prequel either, though a few characters figure prominently in both books.The things I love about this book and the first are the same: Chinese mythology retold, that it's a story about storytelling, that young people make choices that make a big difference in their world. I also like the differences; the first book is a journey story; this one is a story about stasis (the inciting incident is the interruption or halting of a journey). Starry River of the Sky also features a character who is a bit less likable at the start, and the story shows him learning to interact in positive ways with others. What hooked me into the first story was the main character; what hooked me into this one was trying to figure out who the main character is and what he is running away from.I also like that Grace Lin doesn't take a definitive stance on the mythology, even between the two books, leaving things open to interpretation by the characters in the story, based off of the times in which they live. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a book about happiness and family. Starry River of the Sky is about forgiveness and responsibility. It's well worth the read. I'd definitely recommend it, and it's one I'll read with my children once they get a little older.

  • Nu-Jahat-Jabin
    2019-01-13 13:10

    মূলত চাইনিজ রূপকথার গুলো আরেকরূপ কথার ভিতরে ঢুকিয়ে পরিবেশন করা হয়েছে।একটা প্রবাদ আছে প্রথমে দেখব দুয়ারী তারপর গুন বিচারী। দেখা দেখির বিচারে এই বইটা ভালই এগিয়ে আছে। প্রচ্ছদ, ভিতরের ইলাস্ট্রশন সবই অসাধারন।বিশেষত ইলাস্ট্রেশন গুলা অসাধারন। গুনি বিচারের দিকে প্রথমে কিছুটা পিছিয়ে ছিল কারন হল অসম্ভব ধীরগতির শুরু।তবে কিছুটা দূর যেতে পারলে ভালই লাগবে। রূপকথার ব্যাপারে আরেকটা জিনিস হল রূপকথা সব বয়সে ভাল নাও লাগতে পারে। আরব্যরজনী এর রূপকথা গুলো যেমন ছেলে বুড়ো সবাইকে মুগ্ধ করতে পারে এই বইটার বেলায় সেটা বলা যাচ্ছে না।বইটা পাঠকের টেস্ট বাডের উপরে ডিপেন্ড করছে। তবে মূলত ১৪-১৫ বয়স পর্যন্ত সবারই ভাল লাগবে। ঘর পালানো ছেলে রেন্ডির গল্প। ঘর পালিয়ে সে আশ্রয় নেয় সরাইকারখানায় সেখানেই এক মেয়ে চ্যাংগ তাকে রেন্ডি আর সরাইকারখানায় মালিকের মেয়েকে গল্প শোনায়, চাইনিজ রূপকথার গল্প। বিনিময়ে রেন্ডিকেও গল্প শোনাতে হয়। এই চাইনিজ রুপকথা হল গল্পের ভিতরে গল্প। আসল গল্পটা রেন্ডির কেন সে ঘর পালালো। কেন সে ছাড়া কেউ আর রাতের আকাশের আর্তনাদ শুনতে পায় না। শুধু মাত্র রেন্ডিই কেন চাঁদ হারানো আকাশের আর্তনাদ শোনে।বইয়ের প্রথম কিছুটা অংশ টেনে টুনে চলেছি কিন্তু এর পরেই জোনাকি এর অনবদ্য বর্ননা পুরো মন গলায় দিছে। এক সময় জোনাকির উপরে ক্রাশ খেয়েছিলাম। এক পাশে কর্ণফুলী নদী, মাঝেখানে নেভাল একাডেমির রাস্তা , রাস্তার অন্যপাশে জোনাকির মেলা। হটাত করে দেখলে মনে হয় পুরো আকাশটা যেন নেমে এসেছে। এই দৃশ্য আসলে ভাষায় প্রকাশ করা সম্ভব না।তখন ঠিক করেছিলাম প্রিয় কাউকে নিয়ে এই জায়গায় আবার আসব। সমস্যা হল বাংলাদেশে এখন হারিকেন দিয়ে খুজলেও জোনাকি পোকার দেখা মিলবে না।স্টারি রিভার অফ স্কাই সেই জোনাকি পোকা দেখার অসাধারন অনুভুতিটা ফিরিয়ে এনেছে। এবং এর পর থেকেই উপন্যাসটা গতি পেয়েছে। চাইনিজ লোকগাথা এক নজরে দেখার জন্য অসাধারন বই। শুরুর দিকের জন্য ৩অথবা৩.৫ পেলেও পরের অংশটুকুর জন্য অনায়াসে ৪দিয়ে ফেলা যায়। কারো চাইনিজ রুপকথা জানতে ইচ্ছা হলে এই বইটা পড়ে দেখতে পারেন। সাথে বোনাস হিসাবে থাকবে আকাশের চাঁদের কি হল রেন্ডি কেন ঘর পালালো সব কিছুর বিস্তারিত বর্ননা।

  • Pari Zad
    2019-01-14 17:13

    رود پرستاره آسمان، كتابي جذابه كه نوجوون ها قطعا دوستش خواهند داشت.به پيشنهاد يكي از دوستام خوندمش، خيلي روون هست كتاب و آدم رو تا اخر داستان ميكشه. براي من دونستن حكايت هاي چيني خيلي هيجان انگيزه اونم به زبوني كاملا ساده و روون. من دوسش داشتم و باهش ارتباط برقرار كردم. مخصوصا اون قسمتي كه ميگه رمز رسيدن به آرامش، بخشش و گذشت هست!

  • Bookishrealm
    2019-01-02 17:58

    Okay so this one was my third book for #diverseathon and I really enjoyed it! It has so many great elements to it specifically the inclusion of Chinese folklore. Here's what I specifically liked about the novel: -Learning stories and legends associated with Chinese culture. I'm a huge fanatic of mythology and folklore so this book was definitely right up my alley. -I enjoyed the characters. The main character Rendi was easy to relate to and although he had a touch time learning about himself and others, the reader is really given the opportunity to see him grow and appreciate those around him. -I like that the folklore was infused around the main parts of the story, yet it had everything to do with how the story ended. -The authors writing was clear, concise, and to the point and it was relatively easy to get through. -This book contains full color illustrations which are absolutely beautiful. -This is a good story for children who are learning what it means to heal through forgiveness. The main character is only comfortable with his life and those people in his life when he learns the importance of forgiveness. Overall, I thought that this was a great book. I really really enjoyed the folklore associated with the book and I also really love the fact that the author provides the reader with additional reading about where she discovered these tales and how she adapted them. This is a great book if you looking to add a little diversity to your reading.

  • Laura (bbliophile)
    2019-01-03 16:20

    I got a little bit confused when it came to the character's and who's who in this one, but I still liked it a lot. And I loved seeing how all of these stories are interwoven with each other.

  • Kidsmomo
    2019-01-12 17:18

    Review by Karen, intended for young readers:I have a very important tip for you: the next time you have a cross-country flight and you’re looking for the perfect book to keep you entertained — make you chuckle, make your eyes well up with tears, make the time pass ridiculously quickly — choose Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin.Of course, it’s always a risk to pack just one book for a long plane ride because what if you hate it from the first chapter and you’re stuck reading the Skymall magazine in your seatback pocket instead? Not to worry, in this case! I started reading the book as we sat on the runway and I was hooked right away. And once I started, I read it straight through until I finished. I couldn’t even put it down during the take-off when I usually close my eyes because I get a headache from the plane going at an angle!The book tells the story of Rendi, a runaway boy who gets stuck in a teeny village, working alongside a family that owns the local inn. While he plots his departure, he gets to know the village residents and the mysterious woman staying at the inn — and so do you. And you’ll probably get to wondering: Could they all be connected to the fact that the moon is missing and the sky seems to cry? What in their history is coming back to haunt them? What secrets are they hiding? And what are they revealing in the stories they tell to pass the time?Variations on Chinese folk tales play a big role in this book, but the story never feels dull OR overly fantastical. There’s an element of magic, but it’s really a story about the human heart — and how one boy changes the lives of everyone in the town.So, what makes this book so good? That’s actually kind of hard to explain, because the book is a quiet sort of book and sneaks up on you. Maybe that’s part of it — it’s not loud and big and in-your-face, so it affects you in a much gentler way. Since I lurve food, I’d say it’s like a complex blended soup: comforting and easy to eat, but the more you consume, the more you start tasting and enjoying all the hidden flavors from the ingredients you can’t see.This review also appears on Kidsmomo.com.

  • Jenny
    2019-01-10 20:19

    I love Lin's writing. I love the beautiful stories woven together and the themes that feature in her work. My children loved noticing the connections between Starry River of the Sky and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. We listened to this on CD, and the reader does a great job. Lessons to remember: the way to peace is forgiveness. You can choose to be fierce like a tiger or calm and kind...no matter who your parent is or what your background.A few great quotes: "If a listener truly understands, he can hear what others cannot.""It is better to light a lantern than to bemoan the darkness.""Sometimes the best decision is a painful one, but it is never made out of anger.""Instead of losing his unhappiness, he lost himself and the things he held dearest."

  • Christina Pilkington
    2019-01-03 20:08

    Although not a direct sequel to Where the Mountain meets the Moon, Starry River of the Sky has enough overlapping elements that readers of Lin's early work will recognize and love. Lin reimagines and reshapes Chinese folktales and combines them with gorgeous illustrations to create a beautifully written story of tales within tales. I ADORED the way this book was written! It's both simply written and extremely poetic at the same time. Its strong themes of revenge and forgiveness is perfectly captured in the story of a young boy who leaves his family and learns how to find both love and forgiveness in a small, remote village. I highly recommend this book and Lin's writing in general. An wonderful middle grade novel.

  • The Styling Librarian
    2019-01-05 17:19

    Feel so honored to read this book. Looking forward to sharing it with students and friends for years to come. Perfect stand-alone story with rich folktale mixture intertwined with the most beautiful story with rich character development. Cannot wait to read it again when it is officially published with all the illustrations richly in color as the treasure of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon!

  • Isabel Carter
    2019-01-01 18:19

    I think this book was very interesting, but it wouldn't be my first choice. The overall story was touching and deep.

  • Katy
    2019-01-02 18:16

    Another beautiful book by Grace Lin. I love the way she weaves folk tales into her story.

  • cindy
    2019-01-07 15:02

    I remember reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and feeling very happy. This one sure made me felt the same. Modern retelling of old myths dan fairy tales, intertwined each other and made up the big story of the book. All light and warm, and carrying powerful message of forgiveness. The illustrations also unique and pretty. Love it. Love it. LOVE IT.

  • Brenda
    2019-01-17 18:19

    Rendi has run away from home – gone as far as he can to be away from his father, Magistrate Tiger as he possibly can. His father, hoping to become an important man, bullies everyone around him with his arrogant and dishonest challenges. His tricks and plans seem to get him what he wants, but Rendi cannot bear to be part of the deceit. Although it means leaving his mother and sister behind, Rendi’s anger at being used and discarded gets the best of him and he set off. His journey brings him to the City of Clear Sky. He finds a job as chore boy in the Inn and here questions and stories unfold around him. They make him wonder about choices - his choices. Where has the innkeeper’s son gone? Is Peiyi angry or sad? Why is she concerned about leaving? Why do neighbors argue, when working together they could find a solution? Is it possible that Mr. Shan cannot tell the difference between a rabbit and a toad? Where is the moon and why does no one else notice it is missing? And mostly, what is the sound, the crying and haunts Rendi everywhere he goes?An elegant lady comes to the Inn and Reyndi wonders why she has chosen to stay there. At once enchanted by her stories and the ease she brings to their lives, Rendi begins to understand that people are revealed by the stories they tell. He learns that many stories can be understood different ways – one story may have as many different meanings as there are listeners. Finally Rendi’s questions are answered and he knows what he must do.Readers of Starry River to the Sky will smile as they discover how the threads from each story told are woven together to create a rich tapestry combining China’s ancient tales with our contemporary lives to create a new, completely satisfying story challenge, friendship and love. Mountains, the moon, toads and journeys play an important role in Grace Lin’s new book – a companion to When the Mountain Meets the Moon. You’re sure to love to journey as you begin to wonder what you reveal through the stories you share and tell.

  • Barbara
    2018-12-28 19:19

    I have been eagerly awaiting this new title from Grace Lin, half-fearful that I'd be disappointed because of my high expectations for it and half-gleeful because I assumed it would transport me to a time and place far from today and allow me to forget my own cares and woes. My fears were foundless since the author does not fail to delight. I was transported to the remote village of Clear Sky where Rendi has ended up working as a chore boy for a local innkeeper. I was enchanted by Madame Chang and Mr. Shan and the toad that was removed from the well. While some readers may feel annoyed at the stories, bits of Chinese folklore shaped slightly for a modern audience, that interrupt the main narrative, I was charmed by the stories, and as in the case of the companion novel, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, and appreciated the added layer the stories gave to the entire book. The power of story and its ability to alter lives or to help us see ourselves and those around us more clearly has never been more evident than in this delightful book filled with life lessons. The way the book is tied together, with story after story adding to a reader's understanding of what the problem is with the moon and why Rendi has run away from home, is masterful and sure to hold the attention of most readers.

  • Owen
    2019-01-08 18:06

    I love all three books in this series, but this one is my favorite for three reasons: First, Rendi's internal, mundane challenges (his mixed-up feelings about the family he is running from and the family who takes him in) and the magical ones (only he can hear the night sky's incessant wailing) wind up perfectly balanced and interrelated. Second, as in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, the stories the characters tell reveal pieces of the larger, centuries-long epic, but in Starry River of the Sky, it's also how we learn about the main characters themselves. And finally, where Mountain centers around the secret to happiness, and Sea around the secret to immortality, Sky's theme is that the secret to peace is understanding, empathy, and forgiveness. Gets me every time.

  • Tracie
    2019-01-17 13:57

    Rendi runs away from home after a bitter dispute with his father, ultimately being taken in by an innkeeper as a chore boy. As Rendi gets to know the innkeeper and his daughter and exchanges stories with the inn's mysterious guests, he is troubled by haunting moans in the night that only he seems able to hear. To make matters more perplexing, the moon seems to have disappeared from the heavens--and no one in the Village of Clear Sky appears to care. The innkeeper is far too consumed by his own problems--a missing son, and a centuries-old squabble with his neighbor--to notice. Does Rendi have what it takes to solve these many puzzles? Lin draws upon Asian mythology and folklore to craft an original tale set in a rural China imbued with a long-ago feel. This lyrically written companion novel to "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" is a beautiful exercise in book-making, complete with gorgeous illustrations by the author. The prose is peppered with apt examples of similes, metaphors, and personification, making this book an excellent choice for sharing in middle-grade classrooms engaged in studies of literary elements. Short chapters propel the story along at a swift pace, further rendering it a novel well-suited for reading outloud.

  • Faith
    2019-01-08 16:17

    Really good book! There are so many Chinese myths and legends woven into the story. Information was revealed bit by bit along the way, which kept it interesting. There are so many hints about what would come scattered throughout the book, so it also felt like reading this book was like playing a scavenger hunt game! There are many clever name choices and so forth in this book. Definitely would recommend it!

  • Luci De
    2018-12-21 15:00

    I rate this book a 3.5Personally I found the book quite boring in the beginning. But as the story went on, it was pretty fun to figure out the small mysteries hidden into the story. The ending was my favorite part. :D

  • Jane
    2018-12-28 18:54

    I absolutely loved Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and this book did not disappoint. I do feel it moved a little slower as it took place in one location, rather than on a journey. However, each character and story told within was just as unique and riveting as it's companion.

  • Mia Prasetya
    2018-12-28 14:15

    The secret of peace is forgiveness.Buku ini sederhana dan indah! Ditambah ilustrasi minimalis seakan balik ke jaman sekolah baca buku dongeng. Pesan yang tersirat pun sederhana namun sepertinya susah untuk diterapkan. Memaafkan sesama. Selamat hari Senin! Mari saling memaafkan ;)

  • Sarah
    2019-01-07 17:03

    A little slow to start in comparison with its companion novel, Where The Mountain Meets The Moon; however, the ending is just as satisfying, and Lin's illustrations remain a delight.

  • Hanaa
    2018-12-25 15:02

    Such a beautiful beautiful book. Loved it from start to finish. Beautiful imagery and ideas and amazing writing. A lovely window to chinese culture and traditions.

  • Robin Kim
    2019-01-05 14:22

    The book was okay, the book was based in China, but the book actually feels more American then Chinese.

  • Theo Chan
    2019-01-02 16:59

    The book itself held many clues to whom the characters were, and overall it had a good plot and ending.

  • Penelope~Conversations with my cat~
    2018-12-30 17:10

    It was really good! I just spent the whole morning reading it. All of my predictions were spot on!!

  • Nate
    2018-12-21 15:53

    This was a fantastic book filled with legends and proverbs that include the secret to peace and the difference between misery and joy. The character growth and mysterious nature of things really draw the reader in; my son and I were very involved in the story throughout. It was a lot of fun to formulate theories while reading this book. I would recommend to readers of any age looking for a magical journey. The spoilers below are character notes for our OBOB team.(view spoiler)[Places:Village of Clear Sky - The village with the Inn that Rendi ends up working at. The village is called this because there was a huge mountain that was moved.Village of Never-ending Mountain - The same village before and after the mountain is restored.The Stone Pancake - The plain left behind after the mountain has moved. Rendi must journey across the pancake to find the moon, which was actually swallowed by Jiming.Characters:Rendi -Rendi's Sister - Older and smarter than Rendi. She saves Rendi from drowning in the large gang their father was awarded for using their answers for questions asked by the Emperor.Peiyi -Master Chao -Jiming -Widow Yan -Meilan - Madame Chang - Mr. Shan - Duke Zhe - Magistrate Wang (Magistrate Tiger) - WangYi - WangYi's Wife, The Lady of the Moon - The Old Sage - Tiwu - Fang and Liu - Stories told in this book:1. The story of the man who moved a mountain - Great-grandfather of Master Chao wants to see the sky. He tells his people to move the mountain one stone at a time. The Spirit of the Mountain decides to move the mountain away because generations of the man's family can accomplish the movement of the mountain.2. The story of the six suns - WangYi (he has an unusual scar on his head, which is thought to be the mark of power) must use his bow and arrow to shoot down the extra suns because it is too hot. His wife hides one arrow so he will not shoot down all the suns.3. The story of the jade bracelet - how Mei-lan and Jiming met over a lost bracelet. The fall in love despite the family fued betwen Yan and Chao.4. The story of the rooster's song - the last sun is terrified to come out, so Wang Yi must find a way to lure it out into the open for warmth. The song of the rooster is just right to do this. 5. The story of the old sage - this tells of Tiwu, the old sage's pupil. He is wants to read the book of good fortune that the old sage is always reading. Tiwu must first climb a tree and stay in the tree for 99 days and night. Then the old sage will let him read the book and thus Tiwu will find the secret to peace. Tiwu stays on the tree, and at one point composes what he thinks is a great poem. He thinks it proves his worthiness, so he sends it to the old sage. The sage reads the poem, turns it over, and writes Burp on the back. When Tiwu sees this, he bolts down the tree and goes to the sage. The Sage points out that Tiwu said the loudest noise and strongest wind would not bring him down from the tree, yet a burp did. Tiwu is not ready.6. The story of the dancing fish - this story is a Rendi original. It tells how magistrate tiger tricks Duke Zhe into thinking his qin playing makes fish dance. He trains the fish with Rendi's help, but Rendi doesn't get any credit and the magistrate is a fraud.7. The story of Wang Yi's wife - Wang Yi becomes emperor, but he is a selfish and ruthless ruler. He was gifted a pill of immortality by the Queen Mother of the Heavens. Wang Yi's wife does not want him to rule forever, so she eats the pill herself, but it is not ripe yet. It turns her into a giant toad, and she jumps up to swallow the moon too, only to land on it. The moon is her new home, and she has become the lady of the moon. 8. The story of the three questions - another Rendi original. His promises to Madame Change to tell stories give Rendi the perfect excuse to stay at the Inn of Clear Sky. This story tells of magistrate tiger's using his children to answer three questions from the Emperor to prove who is a wise man. The children answer the first two, but not the third. (The first two questions invlove sharing an almond among 99 people (use it to make tea) and determining which of two men is the thief (the faster is not the thief because he caught the other man)). Magistrate Tiger tells them they are not wise and are useless and sends them away. However, Rendi finds out later that Magistrate Tiger used their answers and because of his wisdom was given the gift of the large gang and the blue porcelain bowl. The third question that no on can answer is the question of the snails, which Madame Chang and Mr. Chan eventually answer later to resolve the conflict between Yan and Chao.9. The story of the white tiger - a white tiger is terrorizing a village. The old sage says he can get rid of the tiger. He gives it a baby rabbit, and tells the villagers to give milk to the tiger every night. After 6 weeks, the tiger has turned into a man with the scar on his forehead.10. The story of Wang Yi's dream - Wang Yi is very sad after his wife turns into a toad and jumps to the moon. Wang Yi would give anything to have her back. He has a dream about the difference between misery and joy. The same conditions exist in two places: tons of food but chopsticks that are too long. Misery is people trying only to feed themselves and not succeeding. Joy is people using the long stick to feed each other. He now realizes what a horrible ruler he had been and makes amends. Since he will do anything to see his wife again, he is made ruler of the sun. The sun and the moon are together, but the moon wanes because the lady of the moon becomes afraid that the sun will again become a bad ruler. She always comes back again though, just like the moon.11. The story of Magistrate Tiger's son - Rendi's sister saves him from drowning in the precious gang by breaking it. Their father is very angry and loves the gang more then them. That is why Rendi runs away, and is his story revealed to his companions in the village of clear sky.12. The story of Son Wine - how magistrate tiger was so disappointed in having a daughter as first born that he buried the celebration wine. After having a son, they dig it up and it is the best wine ever made. 13. The story of Jiming's transformation - Jiming travels across the stone pancake because he is angry that he cannot marry Mei-Lan because of the Chao/Yan fued. His anger is burning him up so, that he pauses at a lake and drinks it up. He accidentally consumes the moon (reflected in the water), which is basically a not-quite ripe pill of immortality, and he transforms into a toad. He is in a cave by the lake and moaning. That is the sound and reason for the missing moon that eventually draws Rendi across the Stone Pancake to resuce Jiming, restore the moon, and restore the Mountain (Madame Chang was basically the Lady of the Moon, and Mr Shan was basically the old sage, the spirit of the mountain, and possibly Wang Yi).14. The true story of the mountain that moved - reveals the truth of why the mountain moved, and it was not fear of Master Chao's great-grandfather. The spirit of the mountain came down in human form to answer questions and provide wisdom to the villagers (the old sage). After some time, the villagers forgot about the spirit of the mountain and the lady of the moon. The spirit became angry, went back to his mountain, and moved away. Without the mountain, the moon can fall from the sky, and apparently falls into the lake. The spirit of the mountain and Rendi leave because of very similar feelings.(hide spoiler)]

  • Leigh Anne
    2019-01-18 20:18

    This one started a little slower than Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, but by the middle, I couldn't stop. The story unfolds beautifully. I love how the author ties in details to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Not heavy-handed, just little gems scattered throughout for you to find. The theme of forgiveness is powerful. Lovely read.