When the Sea Turned to Silver
When the Sea Turned to Silver

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Annotation: 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.
Catalog Number: #149015
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 370 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-12594-6 Perma-Bound: 0-605-99266-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-12594-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-99266-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2015041876
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Publishers Weekly
In this compelling companion to Lin-s Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky, inspired by Chinese folklore, shy Pinmei, granddaughter of the revered Storyteller, sets out to rescue her grandmother from the evil emperor who has seized her. In the midst of the seemingly endless winter that has fallen over the kingdom, Pinmei and her good friend Yishan begin a dangerous journey in search of the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night to give the emperor in exchange for her grandmother. Lin-s fans will not be disappointed: she again delivers a rich interweaving of ancient tales with fast-paced adventure, fantasy, and slowly unfolding mysteries told through captivating language with beguiling similes (-uncooked rice began to fall... like beads from a broken necklace-). Like the Sea King who turns into a dragon when needed, Pinmei remembers her grandmother-s words that -when it is time for you to do something, you will do it,- and transforms into a storyteller in her own right. Ages 8-12. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Oct.)
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 36 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 Nightthe 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
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*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).
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 60,218
Reading Level: 5.3
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.3 / points: 9.0 / quiz: 184123 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.6 / points:15.0 / quiz:Q69363
Lexile: 750L

A New York Times Bestseller
A National Book Award Finalist
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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.


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