Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by Grace Lin
Release Date: Julty 1st, 2009
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: ebook, 282 pages
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Goodreads Summary: In the Valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli spends her days working hard in the fields and her nights listening to her father spin fantastic tales about the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon. Minli’s mother, tired of their poor life, chides him for filling her head with nonsense. But Minli believes these enchanting stories and embarks on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man of the Moon and ask him how her family can change their fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest.
Cindy's Review: This book is one of the California Young Reader Medal nominees 2012-2013. I'm just getting a head-start and starting to read some one the 12 books you get to read. The only one I can find is this one, so here is the review!
Looks like some interesting Chinese art. ;)
Minli - Minli is the main character of the story, no doubt. Her father loves telling stories. Especially stories of Chinese Folklore. There was a folklore about The Man of the Moon who knows the answer to every question in the world. He lives up in the Jade Mounains. When Minli hears her mother complaining about being poor, Minli decides to go up to the Jade Mountain and ask the Old Man of the Moon a question about her family's fortune.
Minli quietly ran away from home and got directions to the mountains with the help of a goldfish she bought. Along the way, Minli encountered many adventures and gained many friendships.
Even though this is a book comparison part, I'll say how this book is different from the other books. This is one of the many books I read that is about something Chinese, but doesn't complain and talk about the Revolution, the Communists, and the foot-binding thing. It's the only book I've read that doesn't have something against China. And I must say, this book taught me a lot of those Chinese folklores and is a fun, entertaining story to read. ;)
Happy ending for all~
Rating: (1-10): 8.5