Tuesday, February 14, 2017

WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER by Grace Lin.  New York: Little, Brown Books, 2016.  384p.  ISBN 978-0316125925 hc. $18.99    Gr.4-6    JUV

Following in the adventures of Newbery Honor book WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON (2009) and STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY (2014), this original Chinese folktale is the third book in Grace Lin’s trilogy.  The book opens with young Pinmei gathering bits of wisdom from her grandmother, the local storyteller.  When her grandmother is taken away by soldiers of the unscrupulous Tiger emperor, Pinmei embarks on a quest to get her back.  Pinmei and her magical friend Yishan seek the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night to trade for her grandmother.  Along the way, the courageous pair find people who transform into mystical creatures who both help and hinder their mission. Ultimately, it’s the power of storytelling that saves the day.  Lin’s illustrations are interspersed throughout the book, adding visual interest and helping readers to keep track of the many characters in this amazing adventure.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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