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The companion to the Newbery Honor winner Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and the National Book Award finalist When the Sea Turned to Silver

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 featuring her marvelous full-color illustrations. Starry River of the Sky is filled with Chinese folklore, fascinating characters, and exciting new adventures.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on October 2, 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0316125954
ISBN-13: 9780316125956
25 Book Reviews
  • loketoke
    loketoke10 months44 starsFeatured
    “Starry River of the Sky” by Grace Lin is an amazing book. There are plenty of interesting Chinese stories and loving characters that you sympathize for. The story begins with a boy named Rendi arriving in the village of Clear Sky in a merchant’s dusty cart. Oddly, his only possessions are a cloth bag and beautiful porcelain rice bowl. However, when the merchant is giving a gang of wine to an innkeeper in the village, Rendi is discovered and thrown out of the cart. The innkeeper sees this and asks if Rendi wants a job, to help with chores around the inn. Rendi sees no other choice but to accept and helps him push the gang of wine inside the inn. After that, he meets the innkeeper (Master Chao’s) daughter, Peiyi. He arrives in a time where adults have to drink wine and little kids have to paint the 王 symbol on their heads to protect them from the Noxious Animals, because it is the Day of Five Poisons. Peiyi shows him around the inn and tells him about the Stone Pancake, which is a huge stone field stretching out into the horizon, seeming to never end. Peiyi tells him it is there because her ancestor moved a mountain that was once on the Stone Pancake. Rendi scoffs and tells her that is impossible. They dislike each other strongly. Later in the story we discover three more characters, under the name of Madame Chang, Mr. Shan, and the toad. We also find out more about Rendi’s backstory, and why the stone pancake ACTUALLY means, along with heart wrenching plot twists that will tear your heart. You will gasp along with the characters, shout with them, cry with them, laugh with them. I loved this book and I hope you did too.
    • inmemoryofcpr
      inmemoryofcprover 3 years33 stars
      When Rendi runs away from home and works at a village inn, he finds many odd things that other people don't notice. When he tells true stories about his father he starts to wonder if his father really loves him and if people are starting to be suspicious of him. So Rendi goes on a fantastic adventure to help the villagers problems and uncovers some interesting secrets.
      • yy2134
        yy2134over 7 years55 stars
        I decided to read this book since it was a prequel to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. I thought since the first book was so amazing, I should read the second book too. I was correct. It was the best book ever. I love how it is connected to the first book.
        • swimmerlife353
          swimmerlife353about 8 years
          so cute
          • nerdsunite
            nerdsuniteabout 8 years
            this book is really cool.
            • duddle
              duddleabout 8 years
              • moonstoneshield
                moonstoneshieldabout 8 years55 stars
                It explains a lot about things that were received or object that are told in the book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Reni tells about his past and the woman on the woman on the moon explains her past and Master Chao's daughter tells her and together they find what they need in the end.
                • 00coolbeans00
                  00coolbeans00about 8 years55 stars
                  Even though I can't really remember most of the book, I will say that it is a really good book. It is about this boy that tries to find out why there is no moon and finds out his past and family along the way.
                  • fluffykittypaws
                    fluffykittypawsabout 8 years
                    Is this the sequel to "were the mountain meets the moon"? If it is OMG I want it!!!!
                    • chinagirl24
                      chinagirl24about 8 years
                      I want this