Do you remember getting lost in a great book when you were a kid? When the Sea Turned to Silver recaptured that feeling for me. It's the third installment of author-illustrator Grace Lin's middle grade fantasy-adventure trilogy that began with her Newbery Honor novel Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009).  Each of these beautiful books stands alone, and When the Sea Turned to Silver may be her best yet. 

The Plot: when the beloved storyteller in a Chinese village is kidnapped, her loyal granddaughter Pinmei is left behind. Determined to rescue her grandmother, shy Pinmei sets out on a journey through sea and snow. Summoning a courage she never knew she had, Pinmei not only rescuess her grandmother, she discovers her own voice as a storyteller. Chinese mythology is woven throughout the novel, giving the book a timeless, magical quality.  Some books can be borrowed; some are worth buying. This is a buy.

Ages: 9 - 12 (grades 3 - 7)
Pages: 384