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4.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 5 4.22 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Grace Lin Narrator: Kim Mai Guest Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781619691476
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evon Moyle | 1/19/2014

    " Loved how the folktales were interspersed with the story. But what happens to the main character? Maybe s follow up story to come? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karina Vegarra | 1/19/2014

    " Starry River of the Sky is a similar story to Lin's novel, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, which makes the experience and story come to life with the continued writing about a young boy Rendi. Rendi comes from a small and poor village with vast legends. One night Rendi realizes that the moon was missing and starts his journey to look for it. Lin creates a familiar character in Rendi where there his curiosity knows no limits and takes him to places and people that will lead to his answers. While finding his answers and learning about the many legends and stories of the world around him, Rendi finds himself prepared to take on new challenges along with new friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C.j. | 1/15/2014

    " For fairy tale ease and taut, to-the-word apt diction, Grace Lin hasn't got an equal in the soi-disant 'children's fiction' line. Although like any story, well-told and true, it doesn't really stick in a single readership circle -- anyone who loves words, and a good yarn, will love this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/14/2014

    " An absolutely delightful book. A very worthy companion to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon but works as a stand-alone as well. Loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy Connolly | 1/11/2014

    " A great mentor text to show the art of story telling and to spark discussions about why story telling was used and how story telling was used. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina Erickson | 1/5/2014

    " I love Grace Lin writing. She does such a great job of bringing you into the story and loving the characters, that you don't put the book down until your done. I love recommending these at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore to everyone. Young and old alike. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 12/21/2013

    " Absolutely gorgeous. I've never been a fan of folk story types, or stories within stories, but I always forget that when I'm reading one of Grace Lin's books. I just fall into the story and love it. Beautiful writing, well drawn characters and a wonderful story. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Britt, Book Habitue | 12/19/2013

    " Good companion to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon... though there aren't many direct ties. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danie | 12/12/2013

    " It was really good, a great sequel. It wasn't as good as the first one, but it really was a great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 11/30/2013

    " What a beautifully written book. I have a few third graders who may be up to the challenge (and reward) of this treasure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Messmore | 11/22/2013

    " incredibly seamless weaving of folklore and story telling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms.Patterson | 11/7/2013

    " I actually loved this even more than the first one, but same feeling that it really will not be picked up much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ollie | 7/3/2013

    " Great retelling of Chinese fairy tales. I love the story of the old sage in chapter 11... BURP... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Winkler | 6/25/2013

    " wonderful, as usual, from grace lin. same format as "where the mountain meets the moon" narrative alternating with folk tales that reflect upon the story. wonderful lessons for kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 3/24/2013

    " But what about Rendi's return? Will there be a third companion book? What will Magistrate Tiger think? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 1/17/2013

    " A most unique book. It was a quick and easy read. I enjoyed all of the characters and how they tied the story together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 11/11/2012

    " Grace Lin weaves together various Chinese folktales into an entertaining story that also teaches morals. This is very similar to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, another favorite that everyone should read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/7/2012

    " I loved this one also, great literature and a good learning experience for children. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because I think I prefer the story in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon a little more, but still a great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jewell | 9/12/2012

    " this was the same format as wmmm but totally different story. very enjoyable. would be a great family read. "

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About the Author
Author Grace Lin

Grace Lin is a New York Times bestselling children’s author and illustrator.

About the Narrator

Kim Mai Guest is a multilingual voice actress who has worked extensively in animation, video games, and audiobook narration. She has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards and was a cofinalist in 2008 for the Audie Award for best science fiction narration.