Other books by this author:
Year of the Dog
Year of the Rat
The Hook: When Minli, the daughter of poor farmers, buys a talking fish from a street vendor, she decides to find the Old Man in the Moon and change her family's fortune.
Why I loved this story: style and adventure. The writing is beautiful and it is a fabulous blend of Chinese folklore and adventure. It feels like a Chinese Wizard of Oz. Minli encounters many different characters along the way that lead her closer to the Old Man in the Moon and the treasure she wants to bring home to her family. The story has a great moral and reenforces the importance of family. This is a great book for girls. I tucked it into my daughter's TBR pile and passed it to a couple of friends. While there is a great adventure, boys probably won't identify with Minli.
Want More? Go to Grace Lin's website to see book trailers, interviews, and an audio excerpt.
Other MMGMers (go, they always have great picks):
I love reading about Chinese culture. I'm a huge fan of Amy Tan and I just read Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. All fascinating reads. What culture do you love reading about?