Jul 302011
 
Where the Mountain Meets the MoonNew York Times Bestseller and Newbury Honor Book Winner Where the Mountain Meets the Moon will take you on new adventures every time you turn a page, and through colorful stories author Grace Lin paints pictures with her words time and time again. 
Minli is a young girl living in the Valley of Fruitless Mountain, in a remote poverty-stricken Chinese mountain village. During the day Minli works in the rice fields with her parents, and in the evening she escapes the reality of the hard days by listening to her father’s stories about the Old Man of the Moon.
One day Minli leaves the comfort of her home in the search for the Old Man of the Moon, because she wants to change her family’s fortune. This brings her on an adventure she had never imagined, and along the way she discovers the meaning of happiness. Minli gains a new appreciation for her life as it is, and she comes to realize how much she actually has.

Stories of a greedy magistrate, a lonely dragon, a young orphan boy and a very special family have been interwoven throughout the story of Minli and her search for the Old Man of the Moon. Each story has a special message, and through the adventures of Minli children will learn about friendship, faith, the consequences of greed and envy as well as about the real secret of happiness. 
The bright and colorful illustrations in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon adds a special touch to the story of Minli and her search for a better fortune, while the illustrations also makes the reader relate to the story in a visual way.
  
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a tale of a young girl’s journey to discovering that appreciating what you have is what will make your life better, and that greed and envy only leads to heartbreak and misfortune. Minli’s journey affects everyone around her including her mother, who used to dislike the stories of about the Old Man of the Moon.
One of the strongest morals of the story come to light, when Minli’s mother realizes that her bitterness of her family’s hardship has come to influence Minli’s perception of her world.

Lin has tied together her memories of Asian stories from her childhood with ancient Asian myths, sights from her travels in Asia as well as her own imagination, and the result is a creative inspirational novel that is difficult to put aside. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is sure to captivate the readers, whether they are tweens reading by themselves or younger children being read to. It is a novel that will make an impression in many ways, and it sure to inspire pride and acceptance. 

Frugal Mom Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars  * * * * *
About Author Grace Lin
Grace Lin is the author and illustrator of picture books, early readers and middle grade novels. Grace’s 2010 Newbery Honor book WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON was chosen for Al Roker’s Today Show Kid’s Book Club and was a NY Times Bestseller. LING & TING, Grace’s first early reader, was honored with the Theodor Geisel Honor in 2011. An Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominee for the US, most of Grace’s books are about the Asian-American experience because she believes, “Books erase bias, they make the uncommon everyday, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal.” See more about Grace and her work at www.gracelin.com.
Author: Grace Lin

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Paperback Edition (April 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316038636
ISBN-13: 978-0316038638

Author Website: http://www.gracelin.com/

Copyright: Author Grace Lin photo by Alexandre Ferron
Author info courtesy of www.gracelin.com
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin for the purpose of writing a book review. Versions of this children’s book review may have been posted on other websites or in printed publications.

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