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Where The Mountain Meets The Moon Book Review

Author: Grace Lin


We’ve been waiting and waiting for another amazing book by Grace Lin! She’s the author of The Year Of The Dog and The Year Of The Rat, which were both great reads. Where The Mountain Meets The Moon is the story of a girl named Minli, who lives in a tiny hut with her mom and dad in the shadow of Fruitless Mountain. It’s called Fruitless Mountain because nothing grows on it, and the villagers who live by it, including Minli and her family, are very, very poor.


A Story About Stories

Minli’s dad loves telling his daughter stories – and Minli can’t get enough of her dad’s tales (even though it makes her mom pretty mad). One night he tells Minli the story of the Old Man On The Moon, who can answer any question you ask him.


Minli decides she needs to find the Old Man On The Moon and ask him how to bring fortune to her home and her parents. With the help of a talking goldfish, she sets off by herself on an incredible adventure. Along the way she meets all sorts of magical creatures and mysterious characters, including a dragon who ends up going along on Minli’s journey with her.


The Morales Of This Story

Where The Mountain Meets The Moon is definitely an exciting adventure story but it’s also got a lot more to it than that. It’s about faith and friendship, too. Grace Lin does an excellent job conveying these themes, and she weaves Chinese folklore throughout the book. She’s also done some beautiful drawings to make the words in the book really come to life – you’ll find these full-color illustrations every few pages.


Also by Grace Lin:

  • The Year Of The Dog
  • The Year Of The Rat
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