When the Sea Turned to Silver Free read ✓ 9

Summary ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Grace Lin

Pinmei's gentle loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers However the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storytellerEveryone knows that the Emperor wants something called the Luminou. “I will never forget Yishan had said and that is truly the only immortality that matters”So What’s It About from Goodreads “Pinmei’s gentle loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers However the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storytellerEveryone knows that the Emperor wants something called the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night Determined to have her grandmother returned Pinmei embarks on a journey to find the Luminous Stone alongside her friend Yishan a mysterious boy who seems to have his own secrets to hide Together the two must face obstacles usually found only in legends to find the Luminous Stone and save Pinmei’s grandmother–before it’s too late”What I ThoughtWhat an absolute delight I’ve been utterly charmed by Grace Lin’s stories in the past but I think When The Sea Turned To Silver is on a whole new level of inventiveness beauty and clever story telling I absolutely loved the book’s structure and the stories within stories that feature so prominently What I enjoyed most of all is that all of these seemingly random folk tales actually intersect and come together at the ending of the story to impact Pinmei’s adventure in a truly brilliant delightful and magical wayI have to say that I also loved the callbacks to Lin’s previous works and I was glad that I was correct in my prediction that Pinmei’s grandmother Amah is actually Minli from Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Finally I think this is ultimately one of those stories that is all about the magic of words and tales and their power to bring myths to life and change the world – and I’m always a sucker for that kind of meta story about storiesThe F Word When The Sea Turned To Silver tackles some heavy themes for its designated age range I think – mainly the abuses that those in power may enact against those beneath them for the sake of greed and power and the way that the less powerful may then become complicit in that cruelty “It’s interesting how all the magistrates and king’s fathers in your stories seem to have the same personality It’s as if they could all be the same person”“it does seem that way doesn’t it” Amah agreed“Though I suppose the powerful all seem the same to us” the stonecutter said laughing”Pinmei’s arc as a character is about her learning how to stop being so passive and timid and she ultimately becomes a much braver and decisive person In addition there is another really powerful female role model in the character Lady Meng who refuses to marry the Emperor who covets her and in one especially powerful moment defies him and says that he can marry her corpseLast but perhaps most importantly this is another shining example of a book that is entirely based in a non Western culture and beautifully demonstrates its Chinese influences myths and oral traditions through and throughAbout the AuthorBorn in 1974 Lin is the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants to the United States and grew up in upstate New York After attending the Rhode Island School of Design she married in 2001 and her husband helped her write her books When her husband developed cancer they raised just under 200000 dollars for cancer research but he passed away in 2007 Lin currently lives in Massachusetts with her new husband and daughter Her books have been Newbery Honor books multiple times As an added bonus I would definitely recommend checking out her incredibly adorable and funny website

Summary When the Sea Turned to Silver

When the Sea Turned to SilverS Stone That Lights the Night Determined to have her grandmother returned Pinmei embarks on a journey to find the Luminous Stone alongside her friend Yishan a mysterious boy who seems to have his own secrets to hide Together the two must face obstacles usually found only in legends to. Almost all men respect the Storyteller You can make time disappear You can bring us to places we never dreamed of You can make us feel sorrow and joy and peace You have great magicwow that was super life affirming and vocation affirming and also just a rip roaring good winter survival adventure with drama and angst and High Stakes 10 stars out of 10

Grace Lin ✓ 9 Read

When the Sea Turned to Silver Free read ✓ 9 Ö Pinmei's gentle loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers However the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storytellerEveryone knows that the Emperor wants something called the Luminous StFind the Luminous Stone and save Pinmei's grandmother before it's too lateA fast paced adventure that is extraordinarily written and beautifully illustrated When the Sea Turned to Silver is a masterpiece companion novel to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky. Rounding up to 4 stars because I recognize the merit of this story I just didn'tfeel it When the Sea Turned to Silver follows the storyteller's granddaughter as she tries to rescue her grandma from the evil emperor As she goes she tells the stories she learned and the mythology she weaves plays into the other characters in the narrative I agree with all the other positive reviews on here this would be a great story to read to children It a delightful homage to Chinese mythology and oral tradition and a high stakes adventure novel with myth and fantasy I just really really struggled to get into it I've been poking at it for almost a year now and feel some relief at being done But I've got the other two books by this author and I suppose I should read those and return all of them to my cousin before another year sneaks by with me holding onto her books