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When the Sea Turned to Silver by [Grace Lin]

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When the Sea Turned to Silver Kindle Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 716 ratings

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Gr 4–6—In this companion novel to When the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky, the Black Tortoise of Winter's chilly grip hasn't stopped villagers from trekking up the mountain to hear tales from Amah the Storyteller. Upon their arrival, Pinmei, Amah's granddaughter, hides in the shadows and listens. Life abruptly unravels when the conniving Tiger Emperor kidnaps Amah, and Pinmei, with her friend Yishan, must find the courage to rescue her beloved grandmother. While they are en route to find The Luminous Stone That Lights the Night, the only acceptable ransom, their encounters with travelers provide clues in thwarting the Emperor's malicious scheme. Pinmei also discovers that her childhood of eavesdropping created her own deep spring of stories, which prove quite useful. Kim Mai Guest returns as narrator, superbly capturing each character. Her seamless switching from story to folklore is sharp and clear, allowing readers to easily follow along. In Lin's skilled hands, enchanted readers find themselves "standing among the villagers as if pulled by a thread" in this companion novel woven tightly with elements from previous tales, creating a rich tapestry of fiction and Chinese folklore. Includes a PDF of Lin's colorful illustrations. VERDICT This charming audiobook is a must-have for middle grade listeners and fans of Lin's first two novels in the series.—Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OH --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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Praise for When the Sea Turned to Silver:
A New York Times BestsellerA New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2016A National Book Award FinalistAn IndieBound BestsellerNPR Best Book of the Year PickThe Horn Book Fanfare Best Books of 2016ALA Notable Book for ChildrenAn Amazon Best Books of 2016 PickA CCBC Children's Choices PickA School Library Journal Best of 2016: Middle Grace ChoiceA Booklist Editor's Choice 2016B&N Kids Blog 10 Notable Middle Grade Novels of 2016Bank Street College of Education 2017 Best Children's Book of the Year
"Grace Lin has written a middle-grade trilogy of surpassing wonder and emotional weight... Remarkable... A must-read... Full of charm and driving action... Lin has made herself immortal in this trilogy, no doubt."―The New York Times Book Review

*"On its own, this third volume contains a richly complex adventure story that revisits previous themes....The three books together, however, offer one grand epic that spans generations....Lin's stonecutter claims that storytellers 'can make time disappear...bring us to places we have never dreamed of...feel sorrow and joy and peace'; the description is a fitting one for author-illustrator Lin herself, who has proven herself a master."―
The Horn Book, starred review

*"The meticulous craft delivers what Lin's fans have come to expect... This beautifully told companion to
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009) and Starry River of the Sky (2012) offers lyrical storytelling, bringing 'us to places we have never dreamed of.'"―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

*"Lin's vibrant chapter decorations and full-color, full-page paintings add to the work's beauty....A stunning addition to a deservedly beloved set of novels; recommended for all middle grade collections."―
School Library Journal (starred review)

*"Compelling....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."―
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

*"Lin's evocative language sweeps readers away, and the stories within the story are juicy and delicious....[A] worthy companion to her Newbery Honor book
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009) and Starry River of the Sky (2012)."―Booklist (starred review)

"Pinmei's journey has a compelling urgency that quickens the pace and enlivens the adventure, while the short stories are smoothly integrated and provide sly, subtle connections to plot events, making satisfying the climactic scene in which the elements converge....Lin's characteristic elegant prose...keeps its enchanting, luminous quality."―
BCCB

"In this captivating tale... readers will not only enjoy the 'frame' story revolving around Pinmei and Yishan, but will also like (and recognize) some of the other stories being told."―
School Library Connection

* "The lively mixture of adventure, mystery, and fantasy, supported by compelling character development and spellbinding language, will captivate a wide swath of readers."―
Publishers Weekly, starred review --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01BKSLGS0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 4, 2016)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 4, 2016
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 53081 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 339 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 716 ratings

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Hello! Thanks so much for your interest in me and my books!

I grew up in Upstate NY with my parents and 2 sisters, whom are featured in many of my books, including "Dim Sum For Everyone!" and my novels, "The Year of the Dog" and "The Year of the Rat." My mother and I were the star characters in my first book, "The Ugly Vegetables"--I cut both my sisters out of that story! They were quite upset with me and made me promise never to cut them out again. And since then, I haven't...yet.

While many of my books highlight my family, not all of them do. My Newbery Honor-winning novel "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon," is an Asian inspired fantasy that some people call a Chinese 'Wizard of Oz,' and my early reader "Ling & Ting" is inspired by the old 'Flicka, Dicka & Ricka' books I read when I was young.

I hope you enjoy my books. Please visit my website: www.gracelin.com for more info about them (behind the scene stories and pictures) as well as other amusing anecdotes!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, warm-hearted story, lovely plot, nice ending
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cierra una gran Trilogía.
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