Starry River of the Sky
Starry River of the Sky is a subtle way to retelling ancient Chinese folklore without being boring. Young Rendi runs away from home after he gets into an argument with his father. He then takes a job as an innkeeper’s chore boy because the innkeeper’s son disappears. As he works at the inn, he begins to take notice of the different stories that seem to haunt the inn. Then, one day, a mysterious lady arrives with a gift of storytelling. For every story that she tells, Rendi must tell one in retur...more
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...more
This conpanion novel to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is set a few hundred years before that book, though a couple characters are in both books. Lin adapts classic Chinese tales to serve her plot. These tales give clues to the various mysteries. These seemingly r...more
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....more
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...more
What I love about her books is that the plot-line is interesting, but there are also great concepts for kids and adults alike. This book tends to focus on forgiveness and family as its main theme. It is a perfect read-alou...more
So I was to see an ARC of Starry River of The Sky, the bra...more
In this lyrical story book, Lin pulls the power to captivate her audience with folklore and fable. I received this (ARC) book from someone I work with and am I glad she lent it to me. She knew it wasn't my thing - middle grade books - but gave it to me still anyway, trusting that I'll like it. I did enjoy it. The world of Rendi, Peiyi, Master Chao, Mr. Shan, and Madame Chang was very enticing.
The book is a very easy read with very frank, but at times rich, language. The deeper I tread...more
Rendi is an interesting character from page one. While he is not particularly li...more
Throughout the book, folk stories are told often a...more
This serves as a distant prequel for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, but I've forgotten so much of it that I think I missed some of the aha moments. It's not as good as that book, but it's...more
What a great book, that surpasses Grace Lin's companion novel Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. The author has a real knack for making the past seem new and fresh, while still keeping true to the cultural and historic aspects of the folklore traditions she uses.
Rendi turns up in the Village of Clear Sky one day after emerging from a merchant's wagon (he was hiding there and going who knows where). He becomes a chore boy at the village inn, a...more
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Very much reminiscent of her Newbery Honor novel, we are again treated to the story of a child who learns through a series of folklore-inspired tales. And again, I was swept away by the story. The only thing that held this book back is that Rendi's tale both begins and ends rather ambiguously. The story begins with Rendi as a stowaway on a wine merchant's cart. But we a...more
The struggle of Renji’s character authentic and each of the character’s in the book have to solve their own problems and take ownership of their actions. Inter...more