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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

by Grace Lin

Published by Little, Brown, 2009
278 pages
ISBN: 978𢠥16114271

Ages 8 - 11

Life is hard in Minli抯 Village of Fruitless Mountain, where she lives with Ba and Ma, her father and mother. Despite their hardships, Minli finds joy in the magical stories Ba tells at dinner each evening. When Minli spends her family抯 last two coins to buy a goldfish, the fantasy of her father抯 stories merges with the bleak reality of their daily life. Unable to feed the fish, Minli releases it in the river, and in payment the fish tells her how to get to Never-Ending Mountain. There, Minli knows, she can ask a question of the Old Man of the Moon. Determined to find out how to change the fortune of her town, she sets off. Grace Lin deftly inserts a series of tales inspired by traditional Chinese folktales into the larger tapestry of Minli抯 extraordinary journey that is full of adventure and trials. Gorgeous book design augments this fast-paced fantasy, including occasional full-page color illustrations, chapter heading decorations, and a typeface treatment that visually distinguishes the folktale segments from the overarching story of Minli抯 quest. CCBC categories: Fiction for Children  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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