Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

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Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316114271
0316114278
Branch Call Number: j LIN 2009
Characteristics: 278 p. : col. ill. ; 20 cm

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Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River. First of a trilogy.

As soon as I read this book, I knew it would be a book I would read to my kids someday. It’s just a book you want to share. Now I just need to wait for my son to be old enough.

From Booklist: "With beautiful language, Lin creates a strong, memorable heroine and a mystical land. Stories, drawn from a rich history of Chinese folktales, weave throughout her narrative, deepening the sense of both the characters and the setting and smoothly furthering the plot."

A Chinese fairy tale interwoven into the story of Minli, who meets a magical goldfish and travels on the back of a dragon. This is a wonderful story, quite long and not illustrated, that will appeal to sophisticated early elementary listeners.

Another tween favorite. A Chinese fairy tale interwoven into the story of Minli, who meets a magical goldfish and travels on the back of a dragon.


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AL_STEFFEN Mar 20, 2017

Beautiful and entertaining mixture of traditional Chinese Folktale and the author's (Grace Lin)own inventive storytelling. A Newberry Honor Book.

The book was very adventurous and magical. - Emily, age 10

AL_TARINA Feb 08, 2017

A stunningly beautiful didactic tale about a little girl who goes on a spanning adventure to bring fortune to her family. A large part of what makes this story so amazing is the folklore interwoven between the exposition. Interspersed within the story are colorful illustrations by the author. A must read for any age.

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akzfineart
Dec 31, 2016

WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON by Grace Lin is the story of Minli, a young girl who lives with her Ma and Ba in the Village of Fruitless Mountain, who decides to find the Old Man of the Moon and change her fortune. This was a beautiful fantasy novel, filled with Chinese folklore and illustrations (by the author I believe) that every middle grade reader should have on their shelf.

This book is filled with stories and that really spoke to the past child-me who wanted to learn about every myth, legend and historical event of a book’s world. INKHEART by Cornelia Funke will forever be my favourite childhood book for this reason. To clarify, there would be the story of Minli, what I’d call the main text and then there were the stories the characters would tell each other. These stories were given a different format – italicized font, a title separating it from the main text – so it felt like a story within a story. These stories would either be inspired by Chinese folklore and the author’s imagination or were only slightly embellished (Lin 294). What I loved most about these stories, they were all connected in one way or another. For example, a main character of one story might be a minor character in another. After a story has been told, a character of it might be mentioned in passing, so you start picking up on that. How these stories were connected with each other and the main text really depended on the character telling it and where that character lived. Truly stunning!

I loved every character in this book – from Minli to her parents to the minor characters and even the villains/antagonists in the stories the characters told to each other. However, the characters aren’t as impressive as the characters of other middle grade books. This is not to say the characters are underdeveloped but this book is basically a book of fairytales, so the characters aren’t meant to be that complex. I’m worried a MG reader might get bored, when thinking about characters of other books. I would also say this book might be a hit or miss for people that don’t usually read middle grade. I loved this for the stories, but if you don’t enjoy them, I’m not sure if the characters can tide you over.

I was never bored with the plot and I think Lin is a born storyteller. The things the author would come up with and how Minli & other characters overcame those odds were incredible. I found myself being able to easily guess what would happen next, but that didn’t deter from the story for me. I think this was done on purpose and fit with the whole fairytale format. I wasn’t familiar with any of the folktales but being able to still guess what would happen in most cases helped me connect with those stories and characters. I also loved that Ma and Ba regularly had chapters told in their POV. Usually in fairytales, the parents are absent but this was a nice and realistic change.

I would 100% recommend this book. The originality of the stories and the people and creatures Minli meets on her journey was absolutely amazing! Talking fish, dragons, beautiful illustrations and greedy monkeys?! What more could you ask for? I can’t wait to read more of Lin’s works.

kuhpow Nov 29, 2016

I've love all the books in this series. I think they would make great bedtime stories for parents to read to their elementary age kids!

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Oct 06, 2016

This is a really excellent fantasy that feels so carefully written -- every character is important to the story, every interaction builds towards something (though you might not realize what, at first), and the end message is one that is lovely, but doesn't feel too heavy-handed. Lin creates a timeless, fairy tale feel for this book, and it's one that I'm so glad I (finally!) got around to reading.

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adachuen
Jul 25, 2016

Lovely adventure book for almost all ages!

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_Alicorn_
May 14, 2016

I got this to "pre-read" while my son is young for future books when he is able to read for himself, but even at 3 years old he asked me to read it. I thought he would get disinterested without having pictures on every page and although he questioned where the pictures where he was interested enough in the story itself to listen for nearly 5 chapters!! He didn't get to hear the whole story and I skimmed some parts but I think it is an awesome story that I definantly plan to get for when he is older. It covers many areas you look for in a book, it is adventurous while unique, it teaches emotions and how people react to situations, it's a window in to another culture, shows human resiliance perseverance to name a few along with faith on a very general level (which is what I prefer) and it leaves you feeling good at the end. It even has interesting stories within the story. It is a very clever book.
Highly reccommend

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Lilly_Gao
Feb 20, 2016

This is a really good book!

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pink_panda_1564
Feb 20, 2016

I really loved this book!! We read it at school and everybody got really upset when we had to stop reading for the day! I think Minli was really smart and I can't believe that she found a random dragon's pearl on Dragon's head! :)

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a girl called Minli, goes on adventures to make her village a happier place.

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