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Sunday, August 29, 2010
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Minli is a cheerful and warm-hearted girl, despite the life of poverty that she and her parents lead in their small village in China. However, her mother’s dissatisfaction with their difficult life and her father’s stories inspire Minli to search for the Old Man in the Moon. She hopes he will tell her how she can improve her family’s fortune. On her journey, Minli meets a dragon who cannot fly, a poor boy whose only companion is an ox, a king, and a family who knows the secret to happiness. Many of these characters share Chinese folktales that the author has rewritten for this book and skillfully woven in with the events of Minli’s journey.