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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2019)

by Grace Lin

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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.
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This book was a fantastic! I loved the fantasy and Chinese folklore throughout ( )
  aiudim2 | Apr 16, 2024 |
This was one of my favorite books when I was younger. I remember reading it when I was in middle school. The novel received a 2010 Newberry Honor and the 2010 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature. The character of the book is named Minli she hears her father tell her stories about the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon. Minli believes these stories and embarks on a journey to find the Old Man of the Moon and ask him how her family can change their fortune ( )
  ergoldie | Feb 15, 2024 |
This is a beautiful book of a young girl's journey to find happiness and fortune for her family. It is a gentle, magical read, a great read aloud choice for younger children too. I enjoyed the story layers and the sweet generosity of Minli. The pictures and illustrations add to the magic of the whole book. ( )
  mslibrarynerd | Jan 13, 2024 |
This was even better than I remembered! I love the message and all the stories. ( )
  Dances_with_Words | Jan 6, 2024 |
A wonderfully inventive, beautifully told tale that is both modern in its sensibilities (Minli, our hero, is an adventurous and brave young girl) and ancient in its origins (at the end of the book author Lin gives us a bibliography of the Chinese folktales that inspired her). The writing is spare and graceful, the characters memorable (I loved the Dragon and the happy red-cheeked twins), the illustrations evocative. I think this is a Newbery contender. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
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Life is hard in Minli’s 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’s last two coins to buy a goldfish, the fantasy of her father’s 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’s 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’s quest. CCBC Category: Fiction for Children. 2009, Little, Brown, 278 pages, $16.99. Ages 8-11.
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Alvina, Connie, Libby, Janet, Mom, Dad, and Alex
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Far away from here, following the Jade River, there was once a black mountain that cut into the sky like a jagged piece of rough metal.
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"Ahh, good," the fish said. "If you make happy those that are near, those that are far will come."
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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.

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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.
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