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When the Sea Turned to Silver Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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Gr 3–6—The Tiger Emperor is conscripting all the men of the mountain villages to build the Vast Wall surrounding the kingdom. But when they reach Pinmei's village, they also take her grandmother, the Storyteller. In order to save her, Pinmei and her friend Yishan embark on a voyage to find the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night—the only thing the Emperor will trade for a prisoner's freedom. From the top of Never-Ending Mountain to the City of Bright Moonlight to the bottom of the sea and back, their journey brings readers to familiar characters and settings as well as new ones. Combining the epic quest of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and the tight, cyclical plotting of Starry River of the Sky, this is the strongest addition yet, binding the previous volumes together even more closely. As in the earlier companion novels, stories inspired by Chinese folktales are frequently interspersed, giving astute readers critical background information and clues and letting them see the future of their favorite characters, as many stories gain additional chapters. The framing narrative is bleaker and darker, and greater emphasis is placed on the importance and role of stories and storytellers. Lin's vibrant chapter decorations and full-color, full-page paintings add to the work's beauty. VERDICT A stunning addition to a deservedly beloved set of novels; recommended for all middle grade collections.—Jennifer Rothschild, Arlington County Public Libraries, VA
*"Lin's vibrant chapter decorations and full-color, full-page paintings add to the work's beauty....A stunning addition to a deservedly beloved set of novels; recommended for all middle grade collections."―School Library Journal (starred review)
*"Compelling....Lin's fans will not be disappointed: she again delivers a rich interweaving of ancient tales with fast-paced adventure, fantasy, and slowly unfolding mysteries told through captivating language."―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Pinmei's journey has a compelling urgency that quickens the pace and enlivens the adventure, while the short stories are smoothly integrated and provide sly, subtle connections to plot events, making satisfying the climactic scene in which the elements converge....Lin's characteristic elegant prose...keeps its enchanting, luminous quality."―BCCB
"In this captivating tale... readers will not only enjoy the 'frame' story revolving around Pinmei and Yishan, but will also like (and recognize) some of the other stories being told."―School Library Connection
Praise for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon:
A New York Times Bestseller
A Today Show Al Roker Kids Book Club Pick
A Booklist Top 10 Science Fiction/Fantasy Book for Youth
*"Minli emerges a stalwart female role model who learns the important of family, friendship, and faith during her amazing journey."
―Kirkus, starred review
*Children will embrace this accessible, timeless story about the evil of greed and the joy of gratitude."―Booklist, starred review
*"The author's writing is elegant, and her full-color illustrations are stunning."
―School Library Journal, starred review
Praise for Starry River of the Sky:
* "Lin artfully wraps her hero's story in alternating layers of Chinese folklore, providing rich cultural context. Detailed, jewel-toned illustrations and spot art reminiscent of Chinese painting highlight key scenes and themes and serve as the focus of an overall exquisite design. A worthy companion to Lin's Where the Mountain Meets the Moon."―Kirkus, starred review
* "This companion novel to Lin's Newbery Honor-winning Where the Mountain Meets the Moon surpasses that book in both plot and prose, again using interspersed stories that neatly circle around one another. The message that anger distorts while forgiveness transforms runs throughout the novel, never seeming repetitive and always feeling fresh while adroitly bolstering the connections among the various characters...[A]n enthrallingly told and handsomely illustrated tale."―The Horn Book, starred review
* "The lively mixture of adventure, mystery, and fantasy, supported by compelling character development and spellbinding language, will captivate a wide swath of readers."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "This tight and cyclical plotting, combined with Lin's vibrant, full-color paintings and chapter decorations, creates a work that is nothing short of enchanting. Like the restored moon, Starry River outshines the previous work."―School Library Journal, starred review
* "This mesmerizing companion to the Newbery Honor Book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon does not disappoint...Lin's writing is clear and lyrical, her plotting complex, and her illustrations magical, all of which make this a book to be savored."―Booklist, starred review
* "The writing and themes are lovely and readers feel the story long after it has ended...With the layers of myth, folklore, and superb storytelling, readers will be moved. Read this book; share this book; send Grace Lin a thank you card for sharing this story."―School Media Connection, starred review
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So where do I begin? These books are brimming with eastern folklore and magic. I drunk everything up; I was thirsty for tales like this and I didn't even know it until I found it. A little background about me: I'm Asian and came to the United States when I was little. I've always felt like I was in limbo, not quite American but not quite Asian either. Asian stories, when translated, are always a little clunky in my opinion. And I've never been able to read my native language so original texts were out of my reach. This, an Asian story told in such beautiful, lyrical English, was so refreshing to me. I want more! More!
Of the three books, this one is probably for older kids just because the narration style and plot lines are more complex. There's a lot going on and the timeline isn't linear so it can be confusing. But the characters are lovable and the story is compelling. Plus, it wraps things up very nice and neat in the end.
Can't recommend this series and this particular book enough!
In what feels like a unique Chinese Proverbs meets Asop's Fables kind of concoction, this book delivers numerous short stories told by a shy little story teller who is just finding her voice on her way to save her grandma: Amah- "The Storyteller." Soldiers sneak Grandma food, and respect her for her tale-crafting skills. She can make despair feel less necessary and remind people of things long forgotten. Don't think this is just a morality tale that will bore kids with little lessons in being kind (though they will find those)... quite a bit is happening. There's an evil Emperor, a gorgeous Sea Maiden Princess, and two young children who are trying to save their family and possibly the entire world. In fact, I was reminded of Dickens' "Tale of Two Cities"... where in that last chapter, everything is reveled and you feel like you want to start all over with the new, most important key to the whole craftily spun tale.
This story is a conclusion to two other related but not required books that are also fantastic. If you have the choice, read them in order. It is not, however, necessary as each has legs to stand on their own. I read the other two books so long ago that while I remember bits of them, they did not help me along in this story except remind me that the stories I heard in this book were sometimes touched on in the other two and that is basically the point of this whole book. Stories connect us. Friendships are formed because of shared moments, of tales told, memories being made and these "things"... well... we get to keep them forever.
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