Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

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Grace Lin, author of the beloved Year of the Dog and Year of the Rat, returns with a wondrous story of happiness, family, and friendship. A fantasy crossed with Chinese folklore, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a timeless adventure story in the classic tradition of The Wizard of Oz.

In the Valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli spends her days working h...more
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Betsy
When an author wants to write their first fantasy novel for children, they'll sometimes fall back on the books they themselves loved as kids. If they were Alice in Wonderland fans they might go the route of Neil Gaiman's Coraline. If they were partial to The Wizard of Oz they could do as Salman Rushdie did when he wrote Haroun and the Sea of Stories. As Grace Lin explains in her Author's Note to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, some of the books she read at eleven were dozens upon dozens of Ch...more
Emily
My five stars might be misleading. I don't think I would have enjoyed this half as much reading it to myself as I did reading it aloud slowly over many nights with an utterly enchanted seven-year-old hanging on every word. It's a magical quest story woven of Chinese folk tales and the author's own imagination, with bits of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz thrown in as well. There are a few passages that are near quotations, apparently an homage to Baum's classic which I'm guessing was a favorite of Li...more
Diana
We loved this book! Beyond the strength of the characters (Minli in striking out on her own to change her family's fortune, Ba in waiting and loving and hoping, and Ma in learning to seek forgiveness), there was a beauty to the writing that made reading it aloud a joy.
Dianna
2010: I am completely floored by this book. It is perfect on so many levels: at the beginning I was reading it with my three-year-old son in mind (he has a crush on the picture of Grace Lin on the back flap), and the text seemed simple enough for him to understand and enjoy the book. But by the end, I was reading for me, having forgotten all about my son, and I was thinking that every mother should read this book. When I buy it (this was a library copy), my son will have to fight me for it.

I lov...more
Elisabeth
I really liked the way this book was set up. The story within a story type style made everything more interesting for me. Also, I like how in the end they all tied together making a moral for the story. I loved the character Minli, which is strange because I usually don't like female children characters in books. But Minli showed strong courage and wasn't some stupid little girl that always got herself into trouble. I found myself excited to finish this book to find out what happens. It wasn't a...more
Abby Johnson
Inspired by folktales of China, this is the story of a young Chinese girl named Minli. She lives in a poor village underneath a stark mountain and every day her mother expresses her discontent. So Minli sets out to find the Old Man of the Moon to ask him how to change their fortune. What follows is the story of her journey. Along the way she meets many different characters and hears many different stories. The book reads like a fable, which is fitting because it contains so many stories. The end...more
Phoenix Reads
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There is a possibility that this could end up my favorite book of the year. I hope so, because this book was fantastic!

I absolutely love the journey that Minli goes on to discover how to bring fortune to her family. You see, the book starts off with Minli and her parents. They don't have much and are often having to work harder and longer to get by, but her dad tells her remarkable stories that always make her happy and even give her hope. Because of this, she is determined to...more
Truly
SEBAL................................................!
SEBAL........SEBAL.............SEBAl......!

Setelah berlama-lama menikmati penampilan fisik, akhirnya buku ini mulai saya baca kemarin. Tentunya dengan kecepatan gigi satu ^_ ^ Setiap bab berhenti sekian lama guna menikmati aneka ilustrasi yang disajikan. beberapa baris dibaca ulang, kadang malah menajdi satu halaman dibaca ulang. Saya jadi terobsesi dengan buku ini. Saya menuntut kesempurnaan! Itu makanya saat saya menemukan sebuah hal kecil...more
Lauren
The voice of the narrations were done by Minli, and I think the narrations were executed perfectly for her age in the story. I anticipate that this novel would be to difficult for young readers because of the vocabulary. I suggest "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" for readers fourth grade and older! It's a wonderful story with a great message that wealth and fortune don't give one prosperity and happiness and that the key to happiness is thankfulness. When reading "Where the Mountain Meets the...more
Shayne
This book was beautifully written. I found it as much a delight to read as my little one did to have it read to her.

Minli is a young girl that lives in a poor village in rural China. Under the gloomy shadow of a barren mountain, she and her family toil and drudge to just barely scrape by. She watches as her mother grows more and more discontent with their lot in life, until finally Minli decides to ask the Old Man of the Moon how their fortune can be improved.

What follows is a touching, intellig...more
J
Beautiful little book, physically and textually. Ms. Lin's illustrations here are a lovely combination of simple and ornate, cartoonish and traditional; we get to see her use of color in this one, unlike her Year of the... series, and I was thrilled with the jewel-like tones she chose and with her sense of color and pattern. The text is a bittersweet story about a young Chinese peasant girl who goes on a journey to improve her family's fortunes; it's enjoyable, so enjoyable, in fact, that I coul...more
Kaila
As seen on Stumptown Books.

I talk a lot about the journey of the hero, because it is a story format I will love over and over again. It is used ad nauseum in the fantasy genre, and lately a lot of authors are trying to subvert the old stereotypes to bring out fresh stories. I admire their tenacity. I also admire the journey of the hero though, especially when it is done right.

Oh! questing reader, constantly searching for a story to love, may I introduce you to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon?...more
Mia Queen
Min Li tinggal di gubuk reyot bersama kedua orang tuanya di kaki gunung Nirbuah. Mereka keluarga yang sangat miskin, bahkan makan malam pun sangat pas-pasan. Ma (ibu Min Li) senantiasa berkeluh kesah tentang kehidupan mereka, untungnya Pa (ayah Min Li) selalu berhasil menceriakan suasana makan mereka dengan mendongeng untuk Min Li. Dari Pa, Min Li mengetahui hakim harimau yang jahat dan kakek rembulan bijaksana yang bisa merubah takdir.

Min Li yang tidak ingin Ma senantiasa bersungut-sungut, mak...more
indri
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tanpa spoiler..
Buku ini didapat dari peri buku sebagai 'tugas baca' untuk dibawakan siaran di DFM 24 Januari lalu. Untungnya, buku ini cukup bagus untuk dibaca, meskipun dalam suasana hati yang tidak terlalu bagus. Terkadang, mood memang harus dilawan, bukan selalu dituruti.

Minli, seorang gadis kecil di kaki gunung Nirbuah, hidup bersama kedua orang tuanya yang amat miskin. Walaupun mereka bekerja keras setiap hari, namun mereka tetap saja miskin. Ayah Minli gemar sekali menceritakan te...more
Hilary
Being a big fan of Grace Lin, I was kinda disappointed in this book. It's the story of Minli who takes off to find the Old Man of the Moon and ask him to improve living conditions in her village so everyone can be happy and fortunate. Along the way she meets a whole lot of different people and creatures who are more than happy to help her find her way and in the end she does a selfless thing but everything ends up happily ever after anyway. The story is written with a folkloric tone with a young...more
Janelle
This was a 2010 Newbery Honor Book, and my son selected it. We recently read (re-read, for me) From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, a Newbery winner, and we were inspired to troll the Newbery book list in search of our next book. I was a little surprised that he picked this - he normally goes for superheroes, graphic books, and nonfiction.

We both loved it! Grace Lin's writing style is impeccably tailored for a perfect read-aloud experience. We read about half this book together,...more
Stephanie Jobe
Collecting Newbery books is probably one of the nerdiest things that my mom and I do. Don’t worry we are not on a quest for every single title, just all winners and whichever honors strike our fancy. Obviously this one struck my fancy. Shiny things tend to do that.

Which brings us to point number 1: this book is gorgeous. I mean the cover can give you an idea but each chapter also begins with a solid colored vignette. There are also beautiful full color illustrations that accompany some of the st...more
Diana
I'm sure some critics would disagree, but I would have picked this over When You Reach Me for the Newbery Medal this year. I don't know why When You Reach Me didn't thrill me as much as it did others (I preferred Stead's First Light to WYRM), but Where the Mountain Meets the Moon will, for me, stand the test of time and become a classic. As a well-deserved Newbery Honor pick, it is unlike anything I've ever read in children's fiction. The fact that I can't compare it to anything is what made me...more
Christy
Some books are built, brick by literary brick. Some feel grown, springing naturally to life. "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" is woven, it's three plots intertwining with only a hint of meaning, until at the end the finished work is masterfully unfurled and the pattern suddenly makes sense.

This quest tale of a brave girl in mythical China also takes on an enormous challenge - revealing the secret of familial peace and harmony. I can't wait to hear what my 9-year old thinks of Lin's conclusio...more
Kathy Cowley
I just finished rereading this delightful story, and I loved it even more the second time around. When my youngest sister was 9 she received this book for Christmas. Upon finishing the book she loved it so much that she promptly flipped the book back over and read it again a second time. Only after her second read did she let me borrow it.

Young Minli leaves the Valley of the Fruitless Mountain to seek her fortune for her family, and to save them from the drudgery of laboring endlessly everyday...more
Andrea
Feb 24, 2012 Andrea rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Erik Swallow
Last night, after a fifteen hour day of teaching prep, grading and teaching, I unwound by reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. The book was my niece’s selection for this month’s book club (our club with an exclusive membership of two). It was a gift from a relative who works in a library, and who includes this as one of her favorite books, and both she, and my niece, are right in their love of this beautiful little book. It is the story of Minli, a girl from a dull, brown vill...more
Jen
Loved this!

When we were talking about reading this for book group, one of the other librarians said she had kids who come in the library and hug this book because they love it so much.

I can see why. It's charming and wonderful!

In the land of the Fruitless Mountain, everything is gray and muddy. Everything, that is except the young girl Minli. Her name means clever and that is exactly what she is – bright, adventurous, clever and a lover of stories that her father tells her. Ma thinks these stor...more
Grace
"Where the Mountain meets the Moon" tells the story of Minli, on her quest to find the Old Man of the Moon, the only one that can change her family's fortune.
I love, love, love this book because:
1)The art!!! The front cover is absolutely stunning and the inside has full of drawings.
2)The idea of a story within a story. There were plenty of those it played a big part in this book
3)The fact that it's based on the Chinese culture, because face it, you don't find a lot of them in English literature...more
Erik Simon
I normally don't rate the children's books I read with my son because, well, they're children's books. (Settle down those of you who just got mad, people who tend to take Harry Potter more seriously than Huck Finn, people who rank E.B. White above William Faulkner.) That said, my son and I read a lot of them together, so I'm developing some opinions in the genre. This book has been, by far, his favorite. I read him some chapters every night while he lay in bed, and other than THE WIZARD OF OZ, t...more
Kathleen
This was just beautiful. Grace Lin's gorgeous book follows Minli, a young girl searching for a way to improve her family's fortune and make her mother and father happy. Along the way she meets people and makes friends, and learns lessons about happiness. Sounds like your typical children's book, except for two things: first, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is based off of Chinese legends, and second, Grace Lin's beautiful prose makes it unique.

I highly, highly recommend this book. Among other...more
Sharon
Oh, this was lovely! Cameron and I started reading it together and then after he was asleep, I snuck away with it because I just couldn't wait to read more.
Marika Gillis
Jun 24, 2014 Marika Gillis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lisa
Recommended to Marika by: Erin
"If you make happy those that are near, those that are far will come." p225

Minli loves her father's stories and she listens, enraptured, to them every night. But the backbreaking labor she and her parents endure throughout the days and her mother's cynical attitude start to get to Minli, and she decides to do whatever she can to change their fortune. In a moment of spontaneity, Minli uses her last coin to buy a goldfish and that simple act sets her on a path of adventure and danger. Her long jou...more
Mermaidrain
This is the story of a Chinese girl raised on the stories her father would tell. She sets out to find out if those stories are true and becomes part of the story herself.

I wish I could say that I fell in love with this book. The premise certainly was enchanting enough to draw my curiosity. Yet, I did not. The magic just didn't happen for me. That isn't to say that there isn't magic in the book, because there is: dragons, evil green tigers, the man of the moon.

However, despite the wonderful richn...more
Connie  Kuntz
Minli had some concerns. She was poor, she wasn't much of a rice farmer, her town was dark, her mom was steeped in depression, her father was inept, and she had some guilt about buying a goldfish. So, after consulting her talking goldfish, she ran away from home. Her hope: to change her fortune, maybe get her mom to stop that confounded sighing!

Her journey was a beautiful one, truly. She met many friends along the way, including the Da-A-Fu twins, a flightless dragon born of a painting, and an...more
Annie
This is a beautifully constructed book. Every chapter starts with a wood-cut print that represents something happening in the chapter in different, rich colors of ink. The story is told with various folktales interspersed, and they are set off with tiny illustrations and a different font. The entire format feels like something that would be treasured and passed down by a family, and that is clearly what Lin was going for here.

The book is a folktale with Chinese folktales embedded in it. The epis...more
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