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Starry River of the Sky

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The moon is missing from the remote Village of Clear Sky, but only a young boy named Rendi seems to notice! Rendi has run away from home and is now working as a chore boy at the village inn. He can't help but notice the village's peculiar inhabitants and their problems-where has the innkeeper's son gone? Why are Master Chao and Widow Yan always arguing? What is the crying ...more
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Published October 2nd 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Betsy
Jun 24, 2012 Betsy rated it it was amazing
I remember when Grace Lin first started writing chapter books for kids. She'd been doing picture books (mostly for others) for years and when at last she started creating small semi-fictionalized memoirs based on her own experiences she ended up tapping into a kind of 21st century need for books with a realistic "classic" (forgive the phrase) feel. The sideways shift into fully illustrated full-color folktale-based fiction felt simultaneously like a throwback to a long-forgotten era (particularl ...more
Barb Middleton
Nov 03, 2012 Barb Middleton rated it it was amazing
Taiwanese workers have been fixing the leaking hot water pipes in our apartment. Custom is to not wear shoes inside apartments, but I cringe thinking they will slice open their foot on the shards of bricks, concrete and tiles scattered on the floor. I point to the tennis shoes I'm walking around in and say, "Okay... shoes." Then I give the thumbs up. They laugh and I noticed over the course of a week them eventually wearing shoes inside the apartment. While I like this custom of removing shoes, ...more
Ms. Yingling
This is one of those books that makes me feel like an AWFUL librarian. All the cool kids like it, but I found it personally painful to read. I don't know why-- I usually adore books with an Asian theme even though they are a hard sell at my school. Most commenters say this is lyrical and beautifully written, which is true, but my students never ask for lyrical books. My problem, what made me take my glasses off and scrub my face in frustration, was that not much happened, and the minute it did, ...more
Nu-Jahat-Jabin
Oct 07, 2016 Nu-Jahat-Jabin rated it really liked it
মূলত চাইনিজ রূপকথার গুলো আরেকরূপ কথার ভিতরে ঢুকিয়ে পরিবেশন করা হয়েছে।
একটা পরবাদ আছে পরথমে দেখব দুয়ারী তারপর গুন বিচারী। দেখা দেখির বিচারে এই বইটা ভালই এগিয়ে আছে। পরচছদ, ভিতরের ইলাসটরশন সবই অসাধারন।
বিশেষত ইলাসটরেশন গুলা অসাধারন।
গুনি বিচারের দিকে পরথমে কিছুটা পিছিয়ে ছিল কারন হল অসমভব ধীরগতির শুরু।
তবে কিছুটা দূর যেতে পারলে ভালই লাগবে।

রূপকথার বযাপারে আরেকটা জিনিস হল রূপকথা সব বয়সে ভাল নাও লাগতে পারে। আরবযরজনী এর রূপকথা গুলো যেমন ছেলে বুড়ো সবাইকে মুগধ করতে পারে এই বইটার বেলায় সেটা বলা যাচছে না।বইটা
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Katherine Cowley
A modern retelling of traditional Chinese stories, this book is set in the same story world as Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. It’s not a sequel (it’s set several hundred years before the other story), but it’s not exactly a prequel either, though a few characters figure prominently in both books.

The things I love about this book and the first are the same: Chinese mythology retold, that it's a story about storytelling, that young people make choices that make a big difference in their world.
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Pari Zad
Feb 19, 2016 Pari Zad rated it really liked it
رود پرستاره آسمان، كتابي جذابه كه نوجوون ها قطعا دوستش خواهند داشت.
به پيشنهاد يكي از دوستام خوندمش، خيلي روون هست كتاب و آدم رو تا اخر داستان ميكشه. براي من دونستن حكايت هاي چيني خيلي هيجان انگيزه اونم به زبوني كاملا ساده و روون. من دوسش داشتم و باهش ارتباط برقرار كردم. مخصوصا اون قسمتي كه ميگه رمز رسيدن به آرامش، بخشش و گذشت هست!
Ashley
Jan 26, 2017 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay so this one was my third book for #diverseathon and I really enjoyed it! It has so many great elements to it specifically the inclusion of Chinese folklore. Here's what I specifically liked about the novel:

-Learning stories and legends associated with Chinese culture. I'm a huge fanatic of mythology and folklore so this book was definitely right up my alley.
-I enjoyed the characters. The main character Rendi was easy to relate to and although he had a touch time learning about himself and
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Kidsmomo
Nov 13, 2012 Kidsmomo rated it it was amazing
Review by Karen, intended for young readers:

I have a very important tip for you: the next time you have a cross-country flight and you’re looking for the perfect book to keep you entertained — make you chuckle, make your eyes well up with tears, make the time pass ridiculously quickly — choose Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin.

Of course, it’s always a risk to pack just one book for a long plane ride because what if you hate it from the first chapter and you’re stuck reading the Skymall magazi
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Jenny
Dec 30, 2013 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I love Lin's writing. I love the beautiful stories woven together and the themes that feature in her work. My children loved noticing the connections between Starry River of the Sky and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. We listened to this on CD, and the reader does a great job. Lessons to remember: the way to peace is forgiveness. You can choose to be fierce like a tiger or calm and kind...no matter who your parent is or what your background.

A few great quotes: "If a listener truly understands
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Isabel Carter
Aug 26, 2014 Isabel Carter rated it liked it
I think this book was very interesting, but it wouldn't be my first choice. The overall story was touching and deep.
Barbara
I have been eagerly awaiting this new title from Grace Lin, half-fearful that I'd be disappointed because of my high expectations for it and half-gleeful because I assumed it would transport me to a time and place far from today and allow me to forget my own cares and woes. My fears were foundless since the author does not fail to delight. I was transported to the remote village of Clear Sky where Rendi has ended up working as a chore boy for a local innkeeper. I was enchanted by Madame Chang an ...more
Tracie
Jan 20, 2013 Tracie rated it really liked it
Rendi runs away from home after a bitter dispute with his father, ultimately being taken in by an innkeeper as a chore boy. As Rendi gets to know the innkeeper and his daughter and exchanges stories with the inn's mysterious guests, he is troubled by haunting moans in the night that only he seems able to hear. To make matters more perplexing, the moon seems to have disappeared from the heavens--and no one in the Village of Clear Sky appears to care. The innkeeper is far too consumed by his own p ...more
Mia Prasetya
The secret of peace is forgiveness.

Buku ini sederhana dan indah! Ditambah ilustrasi minimalis seakan balik ke jaman sekolah baca buku dongeng. Pesan yang tersirat pun sederhana namun sepertinya susah untuk diterapkan. Memaafkan sesama.

Selamat hari Senin! Mari saling memaafkan ;)
Faith
Mar 09, 2015 Faith rated it it was amazing
Really good book! There are so many Chinese myths and legends woven into the story. Information was revealed bit by bit along the way, which kept it interesting. There are so many hints about what would come scattered throughout the book, so it also felt like reading this book was like playing a scavenger hunt game! There are many clever name choices and so forth in this book. Definitely would recommend it!
The Styling Librarian
May 13, 2012 The Styling Librarian rated it it was amazing
Feel so honored to read this book. Looking forward to sharing it with students and friends for years to come. Perfect stand-alone story with rich folktale mixture intertwined with the most beautiful story with rich character development. Cannot wait to read it again when it is officially published with all the illustrations richly in color as the treasure of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon!
Luci De
Mar 09, 2015 Luci De rated it liked it
I rate this book a 3.5
Personally I found the book quite boring in the beginning. But as the story went on, it was pretty fun to figure out the small mysteries hidden into the story. The ending was my favorite part. :D
Jane
Oct 15, 2014 Jane rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and this book did not disappoint. I do feel it moved a little slower as it took place in one location, rather than on a journey. However, each character and story told within was just as unique and riveting as it's companion.
Sarah
Apr 20, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
A little slow to start in comparison with its companion novel, Where The Mountain Meets The Moon; however, the ending is just as satisfying, and Lin's illustrations remain a delight.
Hanaa
Mar 03, 2015 Hanaa rated it really liked it
Such a beautiful beautiful book. Loved it from start to finish. Beautiful imagery and ideas and amazing writing. A lovely window to chinese culture and traditions.
Robin Kim
Mar 09, 2015 Robin Kim rated it really liked it
The book was okay, the book was based in China, but the book actually feels more American then Chinese.
Theo Chan
Mar 09, 2015 Theo Chan rated it it was amazing
The book itself held many clues to whom the characters were, and overall it had a good plot and ending.
Penelope  ~Conversations with my cat~
It was really good! I just spent the whole morning reading it. All of my predictions were spot on!!
Nate
Nov 11, 2014 Nate rated it really liked it
Shelves: obob-2015, 2014
This was a fantastic book filled with legends and proverbs that include the secret to peace and the difference between misery and joy. The character growth and mysterious nature of things really draw the reader in; my son and I were very involved in the story throughout. It was a lot of fun to formulate theories while reading this book. I would recommend to readers of any age looking for a magical journey. The spoilers below are character notes for our OBOB team.

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Cypress Ruby
Jan 29, 2017 Cypress Ruby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was as good as the first book. Love reading all the tales.
Heather
Jan 11, 2017 Heather rated it it was amazing
I love Grace Lin, and I want to hug her books.
Erica
Aug 14, 2012 Erica rated it it was amazing
Book talk: What would you do if the moon went missing and you were the only one who could hear its cries? Rendi is surprised that no one else seems to mind the missing moon or hear its moans at night--but what can he possibly do about it? Maybe once he could have got someone to help, but now he's on his own. After being caught as a stowaway he's stuck working as a chore boy at a small inn in the middle of nowhere. He doesn't want the inn's guests to think he's crazy and the inn keeper's daughter ...more
Ava M
Sep 19, 2016 Ava M rated it it was amazing
I've read the book Starry River Of The Sky. The village of the clear sky is missing its moon and only one boy named Rendi notices this. He ends up in this remote village because he ran away from home and was found as a stowaway in an old cart. He was weak so an old man took him in as a chore boy in the village inn. This mysterious city leads him to questions. Where has the innkeepers son gone? And such, these question are soon to be answered by you and Rendi if you decide to read this spectacula ...more
Brenda
Nov 21, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it
Rendi has run away from home – gone as far as he can to be away from his father, Magistrate Tiger as he possibly can. His father, hoping to become an important man, bullies everyone around him with his arrogant and dishonest challenges. His tricks and plans seem to get him what he wants, but Rendi cannot bear to be part of the deceit. Although it means leaving his mother and sister behind, Rendi’s anger at being used and discarded gets the best of him and he set off. His journey brings him to th ...more
Kayla Eklund
Jun 15, 2014 Kayla Eklund rated it really liked it
I love books about folklore. I find folklores of different countries to be fascinating. I especially love learning anything I can about Asian folklore. Some of the the folklores stories from Asia are really creative and amazing. Therefore, it's no surprise that I really enjoyed Starry River of the Sky.

I read Starry River of the Sky for the Bout of Books readathon, and enjoyed it immensely. At first, I wasn't sure whether I liked the main character, Rendi, or not. However, as the story goes on, h
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JoLee
Aug 21, 2013 JoLee rated it liked it
The moon is missing and the sky is crying every night. In Starry River of the Sky Grace Lin weaves the fantastical with the everyday.

My favorite part of Starry River of the Sky was all the stories the characters told to one another. It made me think about the power of story and how humans love stories. We love to tell stories and hear stories. Stories teach us about other people in other lands, and they teach us about ourselves. It's fitting that my sister, who is a storyteller, gave this book
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