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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

by Grace Lin


Book Summary

 Minli leaves her parents and village to go on a quest for more wealth and security for her family. Along the way, she befriends a dragon, an orphan, a king, and many others. Chinese legends are intertwined with Minli's adventures throughout the book. While the message about what is most important in life is simple enough for young readers to understand, older readers can find much to appreciate and discuss.

Book Review

The illustrations are gorgeous, and it is easy to recommend this book because of its main message, and because it is so different from other books available.  However, the pacing is not action-packed or page-turning, so some readers may not be impressed.  This would be a good read-aloud or literature circle book; students who are not initially drawn to the story may do better with some discussion guidance.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon book cover
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Family Relationships
  • Loyalty / Betrayal
  • Identity
  • Chinese legends

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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