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Starry River of the Sky

Starry River of the Sky

Book - 2012
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IndyPL_JessicaNS Apr 30, 2020

I have loved all of the books in this series from Grace Lin. This book was probably my least favorite of all of them, but it is still very much a solid read.

Starry River of the Sky (and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and When the Sea Turned to Silver) would make great bedtime story books for elementary age kids. They will like to try to figure out if the stories told within the main story have to do with the characters we know or not!

Recommended for kids ages 8+

Dec 29, 2018

This was my least favorite of the series. It's still a great book. I love how all the titles in the series sound so magical.

Nov 12, 2018


kuhpow Nov 29, 2016

I've love all the books in this series. I think they would make great bedtime stories for parents to read to their elementary age kids!

Aug 31, 2016

This is a great companion to "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon". It tells the story of Rendi, a boy who has stowed away in the back of a cart and ends up working in an in of a small village. Grace Lin weaves in stories based on traditional Chinese myths to tell both Rendi's story and the tales of the people in the inn. It is great fun and very interesting - I wished I could keep reading it long after the last page.

Jun 29, 2016

This book is awesome!

Feb 20, 2016

This book was really addicting! I just couldn't get my eyes off of it! I thought it wasn't going to be too good until I really got into the book.
I thought it was a good book because Rendi was really brave to leave his family and i got scared when the bad guys got him.

Jun 16, 2015

This is a very good book about a boy named Rendi and his adventure to bring the moon back.

Oct 13, 2013

Disjointed at times and lacks the seamless quality of its predecessor.

Lena Nguyen
May 18, 2013

it's a really good book, though I think it's related to the book Were the Mountain meets the moon...

ChristchurchLib Jan 22, 2013

"In this companion book to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, a boy named Rendi runs away from home and takes a job doing chores at an inn in a tiny village, where the moon has gone missing from the sky. Rendi is selfish, ornery, and unhappy, but when a glamorous storyteller arrives at the inn, her amazing tales (along with those of other guests at the inn, all of which are based on actual Chinese folklore) help him gather the courage to be a hero and return the moon to its rightful place. Readers who enjoy rich, beautiful language and gorgeously intricate illustrations will be swept away by this enchanting novel." January 2013 Kids' Books Newsletter

Jan 01, 2013

Grace Lin truly has a gift for writing. All her books are simply amazing with a detailed and original plot!

BPLNextBestKids Dec 21, 2012

Rendi is a stowaway on a wine merchant’s cart when he is discovered in the Village of Clear Sky by an inn keeper who takes him as a chore boy. Rendi is troubled by moaning and groaning sounds in the night and by the fact that the moon has disappeared. He is determined to get away from the inn and keep running but circumstances cause him to stay and stories told by a beautiful woman guest at the inn help Rendi realize what he must do to restore the moon, the village and himself. This is a wonderful book for anyone who loves fairy tales and is looking for something more. Reviewed by BPL volunteer EE.

Dec 06, 2012

I loved this book! The stories interwoven into the plot are elegant and beautiful. The book inspires a love for story telling and the magic it holds.


When an author for children is good from the get-go it can sound like a bit of backhanded praise to say that they’ve improved over the years. Ms. Lin has always been an accomplished author and her plots have certainly always worked. Yet with Starry River of the Sky she cranks up the quality an additional notch or two. Perfectly planned and wholly original, she delivers her best novel for kids yet. It just works.

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