Young Minli lives in a poor Chinese village where the villagers can barely grow enough rice to sustain themselves since Fruitless Mountain stopped being green and fertile. Each night Minli's father spins fanciful tales of the Jade Dragon who keeps the mountain from bearing food due to the sorrow of being separated from her children. Minli decides that it is her mission to find the Old Man of the Moon and ask him to improve her family's fortune. Along the way Minli is befriended by a flightless dragon, a talking goldfish and a host of other characters who help her see that sometimes the answer you are seeking you already hold within yourself. Supplemented by gorgeous color illustrations and drawing upon folk tales from Lin's own childhood, this Newbery Honor winning book is truly a magical story and destined to become a classic of children's literature. 2009.