Award Worthy Children’s Book

Newbery week continues with an award worthy children’s book.  This one is a beautiful story that weaves Chinese folklore into a narrative that includes danger, adventure and a heroic rescue.  It absolutely amazed me in its intricacy and its ability to pull me into the story.  I must confess that I never expected a page turner with this one.

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Title: When the Sea Turned to Silverwhen the sea turned to silver award worthy children's book

Author: Grace Lin

Target: Grade 4-6

Series: This is the last book in a three book companion set

What this book is about:

Pinmei lives on the mountain with her grandmother who is a famed storyteller. However, one day the evil emperor and his soldiers come to her small hut and take her grandmother away. The only way to get her back is to present the emperor with the Luminous Stone, a precious rock which has been a legend in stories. Pinmei and her friend Yishan go on a journey to find the stone, all the while confronting challenges from the beloved narratives Pinmei’s grandmother has shared. Danger faces them at every turn as they travel to save Pinmei’s grandmother.

Why I love this book:

  • This book beautifully weaves Chinese stories and legends within a complex narrative. Readers need to pay close attention because most elements of the story are revisited at different times. Seemingly innocuous interactions come back to become integral story elements which will surprise kids as they go through the book.
  • I have not read the other books in the series, but I love the way the author includes the historical stories throughout the book. Some of the legends were new to me and others I have heard, but it was lovely to revisit them.

Who this book is for:

You do not have to have read the other books in the series to enjoy this one. The book is great for kids who love history or characters who develop and reveal themselves over time. This would make a wonderful book to read aloud as a family.

Final thoughts:

I was really pleasantly surprised by this story. This is not the type of book to jump out at me, but it was so well crafted that I am now an ardent fan. I am completely motivated to seek out the author’s other two books in the set.

To purchase this book:

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