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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (860 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Grace Lin Narrator: Kim Mai Gues Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 filled with Chinese folklore, fascinating characters, and exciting new adventures.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Masterfully told…Lin’s signature device of interspersing the plot with stories told by various characters enriches this story on many levels…The lively mix of adventure, mystery, and fantasy, supported by compelling character development and spellbinding language, will captivate a wide swath of readers.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Kim Mai Guest narrates with a delicate and ethereal voice that adds depth and mystery to the drama in both the story and the folktales.”


  • “Mesmerizing…Lin’s writing is clear and lyrical, her plotting complex…magical.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Nothing short of enchanting.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Lin artfully wraps her hero’s story in alternating layers of Chinese folklore, providing rich cultural context…A worthy companion to Lin’s Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A 2012 Booklist Editors’ Choice Selection for Youth
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title” for Middle-Graders, October 2012
  • A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Diana Ferguson | 2/6/2014

    " I was nervous starting this book since I had not read the novel it is a companion to, but I didn't feel lost at all and quite loved it. It isn't often that a non-picture book feels made so well and thoughtfully, from the paper stock, to the images and the text and the cover. I loved the characters and the ways that the main narrative and the folk stories wove together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tara | 2/3/2014

    " I loved this story almost as much as "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon". Chinese folk tales retold with new twists. Grace Lin's writing is beautiful and evocative. One of my favorite sayings from the book is the secret to peace is forgiveness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Charon | 1/30/2014

    " Not as good as where the mountain meets the moon, but pretty good nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nichole | 1/27/2014

    " Another great book by Grace Lin. I read this to my three boys and they were excited that the main character is a boy this time. This book contains plenty of adventure, Chinese culture and folk tales, and subtle lessons about unselfishness, forgiveness, and family. "

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