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.
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by Grace Lin
by Grace Lin, Ranida T. McKneally
by Cinda Williams Chima
"When fortune deposits Rendi in the Village of the Clear Sky as chore boy at the inn, he is resentful and unfriendly, especially toward Peiyi, the innkeeper's daughter. No one-- not Master Chao nor guest Madame Chang nor old Mr. Shan--seems to share his concern for the moon, missing from the nighttime sky, or his desire to leave the village. As Rendi carries out a quest for himself and the villagers, author Lin interweaves Chinese folktales that ultimately unify the story. Kim Mai Guest narrates with a delicate and ethereal voice that adds depth and mystery to the drama in both the story and the folktales. In character, she demonstrates a repertoire of voices and emotions. In particular, she deepens and slows her voice as Peiyi's missing brother and elevates and speeds it as argumentative Widow Yang. Best of all, her "Noxious Toad" burps with gusto. A.R. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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