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A Newbery Honor Winner
A New York Times Bestseller

This stunning fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore is a companion novel to the New York Times bestselling and National Book Award finalist When the Sea Turned to Silver

In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer.

Grace Lin, author of the beloved Year of the Dog and Year of the Rat, returns with a wondrous story of adventure, faith, and friendship. A fantasy crossed with Chinese folklore, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a timeless story reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz. Her beautiful illustrations, printed in full-color, accompany the text throughout. Once again, she has created a charming, engaging book for young readers.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published on April 12, 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0316038636
ISBN-13: 9780316038638
75 Book Reviews
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  • cool chicWednesday, November 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm
    it is good book
    • good girlWednesday, November 8, 2017 at 12:21 pm
      I’m very fond of the story, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Its like a bunch of stories connected into one. Young Minli’s family ma, ba, and her live in a rice field while Fruitless Mountain shadows upon them. Claimed its Jade the dragon’s broken heart. I love the story it’s so interesting and exciting!
      • xeklor
        xeklorWednesday, November 8, 2017 at 8:14 am
        This book is about a little girl who runs away to find fortune for her family.on the journey there she makes new friends with a dragon, a king,and a fish on her way to the old man of the moon.
        • scarletnews101
          scarletnews101Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 3:11 pm55 stars
          It just so happens that I am reading this book and I like it so far. The Twins were smart to trick the Green Tiger and when he fell in the well...CLASSIC!!
          • MakaylaTuesday, October 3, 2017 at 6:58 am
            This is a very good book about a little girle named Minli MInli and her famile are very pore or in how they say it in the book they do not have good forchen all the familey has is two gould couns that MInli got when sh ewas a baby her and her famile disired them but one day " a man with a willbarow walk into her villeg" the man had gold fish so Minli got one her mom and dad where so made adout it so that night Minli whent to the sterm to let the fish go when the fish did something that made MInli go to find the old man of the moon "he can change my familes fortchen" not long after that she finds a DRAGEN o if you like ficchen or make bealve with a very exsiting theme than this is the dest book even if you do not gust give it a tire and i garenty i think that it is a fife graders levle
            • chocolatecandy5
              chocolatecandy5Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 3:04 pm55 stars
              This book was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!
              • papayakoThursday, January 28, 2016 at 6:18 pm
                This is a great book. You should read it. It takes you on a journey through fruitless mountain to find the "old man of the moon". You should also read the other books by Grace Lin.
                • papayako
                  papayakoThursday, January 28, 2016 at 5:39 pm55 stars
                  This book is amazing. It has a great message and I couldn't stop reading!
                  • thecatsmeow
                    thecatsmeowFriday, November 13, 2015 at 3:49 pm55 stars
                    This is actually like a sequel to Starry River of the Sky. Minli's bowl and coins come from Rendi and the old man's coins that he uses to play with the toad.
                    • yy2134
                      yy2134Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 4:45 pm55 stars
                      The book is a really touching book where portrays the concept of not being greedy. In this book there is a girl in China who lives in a dying field of land. Since the girl wants to help her family, the girl travels to meet the man in the moon.