Saturday, February 18, 2017

CYBILS FINALIST: When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace lin


ABOUT THE BOOK

This breathtaking, full-color illustrated fantasy is inspired by Chinese folklore, and is a companion to the Newbery Honor winner Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Pinmei's gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller.

Everyone knows that the Emperor wants something called the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night. Determined to have her grandmother returned, Pinmei embarks on a journey to find the Luminous Stone alongside her friend Yishan, a mysterious boy who seems to have his own secrets to hide. Together, the two must face obstacles usually found only in legends to find the Luminous Stone and save Pinmei's grandmother--before it's too late.

A fast-paced adventure that is extraordinarily written and beautifully illustrated, When the Sea Turned to Silver is a masterpiece companion novel to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky.
REVIEW
Grace Lin has done it again.  She's created a fabulous fantasy story about finding one's voice and courage. But she's done it while integrating the main story with a bunch of shorter, folktales that twist and turn until somehow they all come together with the main plot at the end.  Pinmei and her grandmother, the storyteller, live together on the side of a mountain.  When the greedy Emperor comes and takes grandmother away, Pinmei, along with her friend, Yishan, set out to find and rescue her.  But in order to get her back, the two children must find a Luminous Stone.  While on this quest, the two children run into other people and characters who help and sometimes hinder their efforts.  I think my favorite thing about this book though are the gorgeous, beautifully colored illustrated scattered throughout the book.  The book is full of interesting plot-twists and surprises that make the end of the book all the more satisfying.

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