When the Sea Turned to Silver is a captivating story set in ancient China. Pinmei is a gentle young girl living with Amah, her aging grandmother. Amah is known throughout China as the great Storyteller. One devastating night, the emperor’s soldiers kidnap Amah, leaving Pinmei all alone.
The only thing that will convince the emperor to release Amah is the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night. Pinmei and her friend Yishan embark on a journey across China to find the Luminous Stone, and their aid comes from an unlikely source -- Amah’s stories.
On their quest, Pinmei and Yishan encounter magical beings and the magic of China itself. As twist after twist in the ever-winding tale unravels, will Pinmei still find the courage to rescue her grandmother before it’s too late?
This book is a brilliant tale of magic, mystery, and friendship. The author artfully yet quickly introduces the characters. My admiration for Pinmei grew as the story unfolded. Her ability to persevere, despite enormous obstacles, was amazing.
The unique plot of stories within stories moves along at a satisfying pace. Following Pinmei’s quest from the quiet granddaughter whose favorite place is home to China’s great adventurer makes this book a ‘coming of age’ story.
Including the stories of China’s mythology, as told by Amah or Pinmei, pulls the reader into this magical world. Beautiful illustrations bring the story to life. Readers who enjoy fantasy and adventure will treasure When the Sea Turned to Silver for years to come!