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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

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4.26  ·  Rating details ·  30,659 ratings  ·  3,950 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
Hardcover, First Edition, 282 pages
Published June 2009 by Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers
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Betsy
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Dianna
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Magrat Ajostiernos
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, fantasía
¡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 ♥
Afkham
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, fantasy
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
Calista
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
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TL
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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
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The Shayne-Train
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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Luisa Knight
I highly recommend this one! Delightful story and great morals, so a nice one to grab for your next family read-aloud!

Watch my video where I explain why this one is a good choice!

#geography #asia #china #culture

Ages: 7 - 12

Cleanliness:

Children's Bad Words
Name Calling - 5 Incidents: dogs, fool, puffed-up frogs, stupid
Religious Profanities - 1 Incident: thank goodness

Religious & Supernatural
See Conversation Topics.

Romance Related - 3 Incidents: A boy comes across a girl bathing in the water. H
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Diana
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kyungnan Gam
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Lauren
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Amirmahna
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
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قصۀ کتاب خیلی قصۀ جذاب و پرکششی نبود؛ ولی خب چندان هم بد نبود
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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!
Patrick
It might be unfair that I rank all children's books to The Tale of Despereaux. I loved the adventures of the tailless mouse with his needle/sword braving the dark rat infested underground. Similar to it's YA older brother Redwall, Despereaux will forever be the 'high bar' I compare other children's books to.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, I believe, reached my high standards. The fact this book won the Newberry Award means no difference to me. I've read many award winning books
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Margaret
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
Truly
Dec 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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پگاه
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
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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
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Elisabeth
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Sara
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.
Mimi 'Pans' Herondale
This was really good 👍
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
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Zoe's Human
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lt
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

UPDATE Regarding the audio version read by Janet Song
While the book was solidly narrated, there was nothing particularly spectacular about the performance. All things being eq
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Jenny
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I knew very little about this book before I read it, which probably contributed greatly to my utter delight in this charming story. I had a hard time putting it down, and was completely absorbed in this simple, but brilliant weaving of Chinese folk-lore and fairy tale. I hope one day to be able to read it aloud with my daughter. The wisdom and cleverness reminded me a little of Oscar Wilde’s stories for children. If you agree that fairy tales are important for all ages, then you will not be disa ...more
Megan Agee
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a beautiful story! So much wisdom. I want to read all the books by this author! 🐲
Hannah McManus
This was so charming.
I was so excited to find a non-European fairytale novel, and got even more excited realizing it was written in a fairy/folk tale style. When I started reading, I wasn't sure if it was based on Chinese fairy tales or created by the author, but then I recognized a handful of the stories and got even more excited.
The tales were masterfully woven together, and the individual plot lines all came together beautifully as if they were tied with the red thread of destiny. ;) The ch
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Lata
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
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Ava Jae
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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. :)
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