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 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.
Lin returns to Chinese folklore as the foundation for this masterfully told tale. Rendi, a runaway with a shadowy past, mistakenly lands at a remote inn and is taken on as chore boy. Plagued by moans he alone hears issuing nightly from the sky, perplexed by the absence of the moon, and longing to escape the unhappy villagers, Rendi is unwillingly drawn into their problems when wise, enigmatic Madame Chang arrives. Lin's signature device of interspersing the plot with stories told by various characters enriches this story on many levels, especially when Rendi, pressured by Madame Chang, begins to tell his own revealing stories. Neither sequel nor prequel, this fantasy is linked to Lin's Newbery Honor book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009), through numerous elements, including lush imagery, glorious full-color artwork, food similes ("Rendi's muscles were as soft as uncooked tofu"), and the cruel and hot-tempered Magistrate Tiger. The lively mix of adventure, mystery, and fantasy, supported by compelling character development and spellbinding language, will captivate a wide swath of readers. Ages 8 12.
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We have all of Grace Lin's books. This one is my favorite so far. I would totally recommend this to all kids 7+. Keep on reading!!
I always loved grace Lin. I have read where the mountain meets the moon and it was my favorite book so grace Lin is my favorite author by far.
The Starry River of the Sky
Grace Lin has again given us a fascinating story of myth and character, illustrated with moving yet delightfully stylized line drawings and colorful pictures. Lots of imagination at work here, fine story-telling as a writer and indeed there is here story-telling as a narrative tool as well.
Seen mostly from the point of view of an angry young boy, the book takes unexpected twists. A mountain disappears and the moon goes with it, overreaching and greedy people upset balances and petty feuds need resolution. Many balls in the air, and Grace Lin manages them all deftly.
There is nothing superfluous here, and yet the reader is given a lush tapestry of details, smells and flavors. What a fun book to read aloud to 8 years and up.