We recently had this book for our K-8 school One Book One School. It could not have been a better choice. It's a wonderful story that weaves in lessons of courage, kindness and love. It has characters that are interestingly rebellious and a bit of magic and mystery.
Grace Lin's story has both an large ark and then small somewhat updated adaptations of Chinese fairy tales. It's a wondrous mix.
Minli is a heroic and sweet young girl who wants to change the fortune for her parents. She goes on an amazing journey through kingdoms and forests meeting all the types of people and animals and adventures that I personally would love to join.
The ending is beautifully done. The story seems to accelerate to the last page. My children from ages 6 to 11 loved it. We will read her other stories. Well recommended for families that enjoy reading together.