Starry River of the Sky
Rendi, a chore boy, reveals his past when a guest at the inn convinces him to tell stories. Companion to the Newbery-Honor Where the Mountain Meets the Sky. Selected list of books that inspired Starry River of the Sky. Full-color illustrations.
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Awards & Honors
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books of 2012, Fiction: Booklist Editors’ Choice Books for Youth, 2012: Fiction, Middle Readers; Booklist Lasting Connections of 2012, Language Arts; ALSC 2013 Notable Children’s Books, Middle Readers; Booklist 2013 Top 10 Books for Youth, SF/Fantasy; NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2013, Folktales; IRA Notable Books for a Global Society 2013, Fantasy
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*
School Library Journal
The moon is missing from the sky, and its absence causes unrelenting heat and drought. At night, Rendi can hear the sky moan and whimper for the missing moon, a sound that has plagued him since running away from home and ending up as a chore boy at an isolated inn. When a mysterious and glamorous guest arrives, she brin [STARRED REVIEW]
The moon is missing from the sky, and its absence causes unrelenting heat and drought. At night, Rendi can hear the sky moan and whimper for the missing moon, a sound that has plagued him since running away from home and ending up as a chore boy at an isolated inn. When a mysterious and glamorous guest arrives, she bring stories and asks Rendi to tell her tales in return. These stories weave the characters and plotlines together while revealing the backstory of Rendi’s flight from home, the village’s geography, and the missing moon, and how they tie together. This follow-up to Lin’s Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Little, Brown, 2009), takes place centuries earlier, when Magistrate Tiger’s son was still young, and missing. The stories the characters tell are based on traditional Chinese folktales, but Lin adds her own elements and layers and mixes them with original tales to form a larger narrative that provides the background and the answers for the frame story. This tight and cyclical plotting, combined with Lin’s vibrant, full-color paintings and chapter decorations, creates a work that is nothing short of enchanting. Like the restored moon, Starry River outshines the previous work.—Jennifer Rothschild, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Oxon Hill, MD
Angry at his father, Rendi has run away from home and is working at a village inn as a chore boy, filling in for the innkeeper’s own son, who also has left home, angry at his father. The boys aren’t the only absentees—there are other missing items, including the moon, a fact no one besides Rendi [STARRED REVIEW]
Angry at his father, Rendi has run away from home and is working at a village inn as a chore boy, filling in for the innkeeper’s own son, who also has left home, angry at his father. The boys aren’t the only absentees—there are other missing items, including the moon, a fact no one besides Rendi seems to notice. Readers gradually discover that the moon equals peace; therefore finding the moon means finding peace, which is found through forgiveness. This companion novel to Lin’s Newbery Honor-winning Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (rev. 9/09) surpasses that book in both plot and prose, again using interspersed stories that neatly circle around one another. The message that anger distorts while forgiveness transforms runs throughout the novel, never seeming repetitive and always feeling fresh while adroitly bolstering the connections among the various characters. Rendi’s father’s arrogance and anger, for instance, have turned him into someone known as Magistrate Tiger; in one of the novel’s many stories-within-the-story, a tiger transforms back into a man when treated with kindness. That the book celebrates the significance of storytelling is especially gratifying, conveyed as it is through such an enthrallingly told and handsomely illustrated tale. The novel stands alone, but readers of the first book will happily pick up on familiar characters and tales—and will look forward eagerly to the planned third volume. jennifer m. brabander Momentum
5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
Level 5.4; Points: 7;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 5.3; Points: 12;