In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. While her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man in the Moon, Minli's mother chides him for filling her head with stories. But inspired by these stories, Minli spends one of her precious copper pennies on a beautiful goldfish, which is said to be able to change the fortune of the owner. Her mother reprimands her for the silly purchase, but, it pays off when the goldfish talks and offers to show her the path to fortune and wealth! Minli is eventually joined by a dragon who can't fly, and together they set out to find the Old Man of the Moon to ask him to fulfill their dreams.
As with her popular Year of the Dog and Year of the Rat, this novel will also be accompanied by Grace's child-friendly illustrations, including gorgeous full-color plates (tentative). Fantasy crossed with Chinese folklore, with timeless elements of the classic The Wizard of Oz mixed in, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a wonderous story of adventure, devotion, and friendship. Grace Lin has once again written a charming, engaging book for young readers.
Praise for Year of the Rat: "Readers of this gentle, appealing sequel will appreciate the way the engaging protagonist discovers she can survive the changes a new year brings." -Kirkus
"An endearing story that will touch readers." - Booklist
Praise for Year of the Dog: ALA Children's Notables list pick APALA Honor Book Booklist Editor's Choice Kirkus Best Early Chapter Book An NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection NAPPA Gold Award winner Texas Bluebonnet Nominee
"Lin does a remarkable job capturing the soul and spirit of books like those of Hayward or Maud Hart Lovelace, reimagining them through the lens of her own story, and transforming their special qualities into something new." --Booklist, starred review
"For any reader who enjoys stories of friendship and family life." --Kirkus Reviews
"Girls everywhere, but especially those in the Asian-American community, will find much to embrace here." --Publishers Weekly
"A gentle tale full of humor." --The Horn Book —
—School Library Journal
Grace Lin is the award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator of Starry River of the Sky, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, The Year of the Dog, The Year of the Rat, Dumpling Days, and Ling & Ting,as well as picture books such as The Ugly Vegetables and Dim Sum for Everyone! Grace is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Massachusetts. Her website is www.gracelin.com.