What a stunning, inspiring and wonderful book. This novel, loosely based on Chinese myths and folk tales, is gorgeously written and illustrated. There are more than a few times when I got chills – because of its beauty and power.

And this is not just a book for children. There’s a key moment that reminds me of the peacock scene in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon – both are about what you need to do in order to literally and figuratively fly.

Minli, Lin’s protagonist, is a hero for all time. She’s so relentlessly positive – which is as rare as it is welcome. This book is why we need to make sure we keep telling stories.

And now there’s a sequel – Starry River of the Sky.

I really enjoyed this and will definitely look for more of her work.