Title: Starry River of the Sky
Author: Grace Lin
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pub Date: 10/1/2012
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: I have always been a sucker for legends and fairy tales, and this book definitely hit the spot. Rendi’s story, that of a boy searching for the moon that has disappeared from the sky, was effortlessly blended with traditional Chinese legends. Rendi is a realistic character: when giving someone else advice, he himself decides not to follow it, which is what an average person would do in that situation. The plot is fresh, and filled with occurrences that are not quite magic, but don’t exactly follow the laws of physics.
Memorable or Forgettable: The most memorable part of this book was the artwork. It was colorful, gorgeous, and added to, rather than distracted from, the plot. Although simply written, the tale naturally flows, with stories and legends throughout.
Cover: The cover is beautiful -- colorful and tempting. It really captures the Chinese setting. The front shows Rendi searching for the moon and the back shows several other main characters. The constellations that appear fully formed in the sky hint at the magical happenings inside.
Age Range: Under 12 to 18 and up
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Additional Comments: I love how this book is a companion novel to Where The Mountain Meets The Moon. It isn't exactly a sequel but it's so much fun to find the little ties between the two books.