by Grace Lin
This charming story brings Rendi, a runaway boy, to the mysterious Inn of the Clear Sky where he becomes a reluctant and scowling chore boy. But there are mysteries at the Inn of the Clear Sky, not least of which is the missing moon. Nobody else seems to have noticed but every night, Rendi can hear the terrible moaning of a sky ripped apart. Where is the moon? Where is the innkeeper's missing son? And what part do Mr. Shan and Madame Chang have to play in this mystery? Resolving these questions may just help Rendi find his own true path.
This book took me a while to get into but I grew to truly enjoy this charming tale. Ms. Lin weaves modernized Chinese myths into the mystery to create a unique path for the story. Very enjoyable and squeaky clean.