Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” as Want to Read:
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  27,721 Ratings  ·  3,590 Reviews
In the Valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli spends her days working hard in the fields and her nights listening to her father spin fantastic tales about the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon. Minli’s mother, tired of their poor life, chides him for filling her head with nonsense. But Minli believes these enchanting stories and embarks on an extraord ...more
Audiobook, 5 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group (first published July 1st 2009)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
و باز هم داستان اميد كه پايانى برايش نيست كه لذتى بيش از حدى كه در قالب كلمات وصف شود، با خود به همراه دارد
Magrat Ajostiernos
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasía, 2017
¡Me ha encantado! Al principio me recordaba mucho a 'El mago de Oz' o 'Alicia en el país de las maravillas' pero rápidamente va cogiendo su propio y único estilo.
Está escrito a modo de fábula o cuento tradicional, con un mensaje final precioso y repleto de leyendas chinas reales e inventadas.
Una delicia de historia acompañada de las preciosas ilustraciones que también realizó la autora ♥
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
The Shayne-Train
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
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read via Overdrive app from the "Try something different" section. :)

Narrator *Janet Song*;: 3.5 stars, pleasant voice and good job narrating the story but her voices for different characters sometimes didn't sound all that different.

A beautiful and heartwarming (with a couple teary moments) tale. Simply but elegantly written, the characters feel like old friends fairly quickly and worm their way into your heart.

I don't know what else to say except I enjoyed this one very much. It is written
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Catherynne M. Valente, fairy tale lovers
You know what, nuts to my original review. I keep waxing on and on about how wise this book is and it's true, but what's also true is that this is quite a tiny story that can be read--or, more accurately, absorbed--in the space of an afternoon. It's just that the sense of wonder transforms that stretch of time into...I don't even know, like a magical leap into someone else's imagination or something, that keeps making me come back and ponder it, trying to philosophize and pin down the themes and ...more
I loved this book. I love learning about myths from the Asian culture. I love how the blurb related this to the Wizard of Oz, and I can see that relationship. MeiLi is on a quest, a journey. Like Dorothy, she realizes she doesn't need anything from an outside source. She has the power within.

This is such a lovely tone. The culture is celebrated and the importance of family is here and I love how nature plays into the story so intricately. I enjoy the people she meets along the way and the story
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-with-kids, own
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.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me interesting at first by the cover. It looked mysterious and fantasy. I really like mystery books and fantasy books so this is why I was more attracted to the book. While reading, it was also very interesting about who the King of the Fruit Mountain. I really liked how the author made the format of the book for the readers. You can guess whoever the King of the Fruit Mountain is. I am looking forward to this author's other books too.
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Rana Heshmati
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rana by: Melika Khoshnezhad
چند ساعته خواندمش، و چه دل انگیز بود. بوی افسانه های دور و باور کردن قصه ها. اژدها ها و ماهی ها و جادو. همه آن چیزهایی که دوستشان دارم!
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a pretty darn adorable MG novel. Minli lives in a village beside the Fruitless Mountain, and decides to find fortune for her family, for her Ma often complains about how poor they are. To discover that fortune, Minli is told by a goldfish to ask the Old Man of the Moon. So Minli sneaks away, and in her adventures frees a goldfish, rescues a dragon, meets a king, and meets two lucky twins. And on each adventure she's told more folktales as the journey she's on ...more
کتابیست که مثلاً افسانههای کره و ژاپن رو در دل داستانی جمعآوری کرده؛ ولی چند افسانۀ تابلویِ ایرانی رو هم تو دلِ خودش جاداده و به اسم کشورهای چشمبادومی ثبت کرده
مثل قصۀ شیرِ کلیه و دمنه که میبرند چاه رو بهش نشون میدن و میگن اونجا یه شیری هست که حریف میطلبه
قصۀ کتاب خیلی قصۀ جذاب و پرکششی نبود؛ ولی خب چندان هم بد نبود
Dec 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: همه‌ی کسانی که افسانه‌ها رو دوست دارن!
Recommended to پگاه by: Rana Heshmati
گمان نمیکنم که چیزی که میخوام بگم اسپویلر باشه، چون برای خودم در تمام خوندنش روایت افسانهها بود که زیبا بود و نه اون چه منتظر بودم آخرش اتفاق بیفته. برای همین داخل تگ اسپویلر نمیذارمش.

چهار ستاره دادم به کتاب به خاطر این که همون طور که افسانهها باید روایت بشن روایتشون کرده بود. یک داستان اصلی رو روایت میکرد و طی اون انسانها و حیوانها به اتفاقهایی رفرنس میدادن و شروع میکردن روایت افسانهی مربوط به اونها! وقتی افسانه تمام میشد داستان اصلی باز ادامه پیدا میکرد. افسانههای خرد مابین داستان به پیش رفتن
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Actual Rating: 3.5*

I did enjoy this one but I thought the writing was a little juvenile and the stories were a little awkwardly placed at some times. Everything was really interesting to learn and know, but I felt like something was missing that I can't quite put my finger on. I liked the hero's journey in this one and the way the story came to a conclusion, but I feel like there were other stories in between I would have liked to hear and some that I wanted a more satisfying conclusion to.

I rea
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
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
May 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blogged
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
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: دارمشان
این کتاب را یکی از غرفه دار های نشر افق، نمایشگاه کتاب امسال به من پیشنهاد داد در مقابل درخواست من که کتابی شبیه این کتاب به من معرفی کند:
ماه بر فراز مانیفست
هیچ شباهتی به آن کتاب نداشت. مطلقا هیچ:)
(غیر از آن که هر دو در مجموعه ی کتاب نوجوان دسته بندی شدند.)
خیلی بچگانه بود. البته تنوعی بود در این روز های امتحان. بعد از مدت ها دوباره اژدها و کتاب سرنوشت و ماهی های سخنگو.
و استفاده از افسانه های قدیمی چینی هم در سیر داستان هم جالب بود.
Katherine 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
Lovely little story about a girl and the adventures she has in an effort to change her family's fortune. Min Li is a caring, resourceful, smart, determined and, above all, kind person. She heads out on her own to improve/change her family's fortune. She encounters a dragon and several people, who she helps and who help her get closer to her goal.
I loved how all the stories recounted by Min Li's father and others along her travels all connected in some way, either through Magistrate Tiger, or an
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: level-juvenile
What a magical, wonderful story this is! I was utterly absorbed. The only comparison I can think to make is to Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories. This is a bit more akin to epic fantasy and has a female protagonist, but it has that same feel of a modern fairy tale.

Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, DRA 50, Lexile 810L
Ava Jae
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those looking for diverse MG!
This was really wonderful to read—I'm glad it was assigned in my kidlit class! With its beautiful illustrations, and lovely story based off Chinese mythology, I definitely give a thumbs up to this MG fantasy. :)
Laura (bbliophile)
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diversity
I'm really happy I finally got to this one, it was wonderful.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales, china

“You're always wishing to do impossible things!”

Minli and her family live at the edge of Fruitless Mountain. While content with her life, she sees her parents suffer from hard work and lack of food. Legend has it, that their land was cursed when the Jade Dragon became heartbroken after losing her dragon children. But as the dragon children are nowhere to be found - Minli decides she must go and ask the Old Man of the Moon how else to change the fortune of the Fruitless Mountain.

I ran out of
Ksenia (vaenn)
У крихітному та злиденному селищі у підніжжя Безплідної гори живе маленька Міньлі та її батьки. Сім’я в них доволі традиційна: тато-мрійник, що розповідає казки, та мама-Єхидна, яка нарікає на долю. Сама ж Міньлі дівчинка розумна, але добряче підірвана. То наслухавшись маминого буркотіння та татових апеляцій “Спитай в Місячного Діда, він все знає!”, дитина подумала, ретельно зібрала потрібні речі й пішла шукати Нескінченну гору, з якої можна піднятися до самого Місяця. Дорогою Міньлі зустріне ба ...more
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? Not only does it do the jou
Mar 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • Heart of a Samurai
  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
  • Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night
  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
  • Show Way
  • Homesick: My Own Story
  • Turtle in Paradise
  • Toys Go Out
  • The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom
  • Keeper
  • Arabel's Raven (Arabel and Mortimer, #1)
  • The Night Fairy
  • Heart of a Shepherd
  • A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home
  • One Crazy Summer (Gaither Sisters, #1)
  • How Oliver Olson Changed the World
  • Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery
  • Ninth Ward

Fantasy & Science Fiction Deals

  • These Vicious Masks
    $7.09 $2.99
  • The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen, #1)
    $4.99 $2.49
  • Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Once Dead (The Rho Agenda Inception #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Door Within (The Door Within, #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Harmony Black (Harmony Black, #1)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • Cloud Atlas
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Galápagos
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Thirteen
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Perfected (Perfected #1)
    $5.99 $0.99
  • Unspoken (The Vampire Diaries: The Salvation, # 2)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Mark of Fire (The Endarian Prophecy #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Star (The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke, #3)
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Season of Fire (The Remnants, #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
“If you make happy those that are near, those that are far will come.” 45 likes
“Whenever I see her, we laugh enough to last for the month. She's my best friend, and someday when we're old enough I'm going to talk her into staying here forever.” 33 likes
More quotes…