|When the sea turned to silver|
Author: Lin, Grace
Pinmei, a storyteller's granddaughter, must find the Luminous Stone that Lights the Night to rescue her grandmother, who has been kidnapped by the Tiger Emperor.
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|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.30
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 184123
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.60
Points: 15.0 Quiz: 69363
Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/01/16)
School Library Journal (00/08/16)
Booklist (+) (08/01/16)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/16)
The Hornbook (+) (00/11/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2016 Gr 3–6—The Tiger Emperor is conscripting all the men of the mountain villages to build the Vast Wall surrounding the kingdom. But when they reach Pinmei's village, they also take her grandmother, the Storyteller. In order to save her, Pinmei and her friend Yishan embark on a voyage to find the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night—the only thing the Emperor will trade for a prisoner's freedom. From the top of Never-Ending Mountain to the City of Bright Moonlight to the bottom of the sea and back, their journey brings readers to familiar characters and settings as well as new ones. Combining the epic quest of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and the tight, cyclical plotting of Starry River of the Sky, this is the strongest addition yet, binding the previous volumes together even more closely. As in the earlier companion novels, stories inspired by Chinese folktales are frequently interspersed, giving astute readers critical background information and clues and letting them see the future of their favorite characters, as many stories gain additional chapters. The framing narrative is bleaker and darker, and greater emphasis is placed on the importance and role of stories and storytellers. Lin's vibrant chapter decorations and full-color, full-page paintings add to the work's beauty. VERDICT A stunning addition to a deservedly beloved set of novels; recommended for all middle grade collections.—Jennifer Rothschild, Arlington County Public Libraries, VA - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 08/01/2016 *Starred Review* Lin’s third book in her fantasy cycle set in ancient China once again takes traditional folklore and beautifully reimagines it for a new audience. Pinmei lives with her wise, storytelling grandmother, Amah, up on a mountain where her nearest neighbor is the mischievous orphan Yishan. Timid Pinmei must reach deep inside herself when her grandmother is taken by the emperor and his soldiers. After learning that the emperor might trade Amah for the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night, Pinmei and Yishan set off on a perilous journey, periodically interspersed with fantastical stories that cleverly capture human nature as the girl assumes Amah’s mantle of “the Storyteller.” The book jumps between Pinmei and Yishan’s adventures, Amah’s stay in a prison, and the distress of the Black Tortoise of Winter, who has been captured for nefarious purposes. Each of these plotlines weave with the folktales Pinmei and Amah are telling, each containing bright threads that embroider the final, fuller picture. At times it’s hard to keep characters and plot points straight, but concentration is not really the goal. Lin’s evocative language sweeps readers away, and the stories within the story are juicy and delicious. To be illustrated with Lin’s lovely full-color paintings, this is a worthy companion to her Newbery Honor Book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009) and Starry River of the Sky (2012). - Copyright 2016 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 12/01/2016 Gr 3–6—This luminous companion to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky complements—and may even outshine—its predecessors. When the Tiger Emperor kidnaps Pinmei's grandmother, she sets out, along with her mysterious friend Yishan, to find the legendary stone that lights the night sky. Chinese folklore is incorporated throughout, as are Lin's jewel-like full-color illustrations. Fantasy, mystery, and adventure combine through elegant storytelling. This is Lin at the top of her game. - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.