WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON, by Grace Lin (Little Brown, June 2009)(ages 8-12). Minli lives with her parents in a village near the Jade River and Fruitless Mountain. Like everyone in their village, they are poor, barely growing enough rice to feed themselves. While Minli's mother grows increasingly bitter, Minli's father tells stories of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon. So Minli decides to undertake a quest, to meet the Old Man of the Moon and discover how they can change their fortune. As she travels on her epic journey, Minli encounters an assortment of magical and nonmagical creatures, including a red dragon .
A wholly original tale, WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON intersperses Lin's take on Chinese legends and folktales with Minli's quest, resulting in a story that is both graceful and profound.