This book by Grace Lin is about a girl named Minli who goes on a journey to ask the man of the moon to change her family’s fortune, and along the way she meets a lot of cool people.
One of my favorite things about this book was that each person she met told a story.
Along the way she meets a dragon, and he decides to go with her to ask the Man of the Moon why he doesn’t have any wings.
While she is gone, her parents realize that she is their fortune. Once she reaches Never Ending Mountain (which is where the Man of the Moon is), she sends up a kite with a string of destiny as the tail, and since it is a string of destiny, it gets longer and longer which means that it is her destiny to meet the Man of the Moon. Then the string turns into a bridge, but it cannot hold Dragon, so Minli goes up alone telling Dragon that she will ask the Man of the Moon his question for him.
Once she gets to the top of the bridge, she sees the Man of the Moon, but he says a person can only ask one question every 99 years, and so she will only get to ask one question. Then she realizes that she doesn’t need to change her fortune because the love of her family is her fortune, so she decides to ask Dragon’s question. Then she comes back down the bridge. Dragon asks her if she asked his question for him, and she said yes, then she sat on top of Dragon and pulled the ball on top of his head off.
Then he was able to fly, and he flew her back home and then he decided to live up on Fruitless Mountain which was very close to where Minli lived. And then Fruitless Mountain was very fruitful, and it was because the Jade Dragon, Dragon’s mother, had been reunited with one of her children.