Synopses & Reviews
The moon is missing from the remote Village of Clear Sky, but only a young boy named Rendi seems to notice! Rendi has run away from home and is now working as a chore boy at the village inn. He can't help but notice the village's peculiar inhabitants and their problems-where has the innkeeper's son gone? Why are Master Chao and Widow Yan always arguing? What is the crying sound Rendi keeps hearing? And how can crazy, old Mr. Shan not know if his pet is a toad or a rabbit?
But one day, a mysterious lady arrives at the Inn with the gift of storytelling, and slowly transforms the villagers and Rendi himself. As she tells more stories and the days pass in the Village of Clear Sky, Rendi begins to realize that perhaps it is his own story that holds the answers to all those questions.
Newbery Honor author Grace Lin brings readers another enthralling fantasy featuring her marvelous full-color illustrations. Starry River of the Sky is filled with Chinese folklore, fascinating characters, and exciting new adventures.
"In Lin's book based on Chinese folklore, Rendi is a young runaway who finds himself working as a chore boy at a remote inn in the Village of Clear Sky. Master Chow and his young daughter take the surly boy in, along with a strange woman named Madame Chang. At first, all Rendi can think about is leaving the inn. But soon, he becomes entranced by Madame Chang, the stories she tells, and her transformative powers over the inhabitants of the Village of Clear Sky. But trouble arises when Rendi notices that the moon is missing and hears the sky moaning, as if in deep grief. Narrator Kim Mai Guest delivers an engaging performance that allows listeners to get lost in the story. Additionally, she creates distinct and vivid voices for the characters in an audio edition that features lovely incidental music. This is a gorgeous audiobook and listeners will want to hear it again and again. Ages 8-12. A Little, Brown hardcover." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
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 and 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.