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The crystal ribbon

by Lim, Celeste,

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Brentwood Library Juvenile Fiction JUV Lim
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  JUV Lim
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Fiction j LIM Celeste
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Fiction
Call Number  j LIM Celeste
In the village of Huanan, in medieval China, the deity that rules is the Great Huli Jing. Though twelve-year-old Li Jing's name is a different character entirely from the Huli Jing, the sound is close enough to provide constant teasing-but maybe is also a source of greater destiny and power. Jing's life isn't easy. Her father is a poor tea farmer, and her family has come to the conclusion that in order for everyone to survive, Jing must be sacrificed for the common good. She is sold as a bride to the Koh family, where she will be the wife and nursemaid to their three-year-old son, Ju'nan. It's not fair, and Jing feels this bitterly, especially when she is treated poorly by the Koh's, and sold yet again into a worse situation that leads Jing to believe her only option is to run away, and find home again. With the help of a spider who weaves Jing a means to escape, and a nightingale who helps her find her way, Jing embarks on a quest back to Huanan--and to herself.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Eleven-year-old Li Jing adores her baba, but she doesn't understand why he sacrifices precious crops to the Great Golden Huli Jing, the village's tutelary fox spirit, or why he doesn't prevent her from being sold to the Guo family as a tongyang xi (nursemaid-wife) for their three-year-old son. Although Jing attempts to be a dutiful daughter-in-law, the Guos and their bratty daughters treat her as a servant. One evening, a spider jing asks for help rescuing her egg sac from Jing's sister-in-law's bedroom. As a token of gratitude, the spider weaves a crystal-like ribbon that can be burned as a call for help. And Jing desperately needs help after the Guos sell her to a chinglou, or courtesan house. Jing is a compassionate character who shows spirit in resisting unjust treatment. As often happens with child narrators, she seems a bit too articulate for her age. This minor criticism aside, this is a delightful debut featuring lovely prose and a refreshingly unique setting of China during the Song dynasty.--Young, Michelle Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "At age 11, Li Jing is sent away from her beloved father and brothers, and married off for five pieces of silver. Her family assures her that she will be cared for by the Guos, but she is instead greeted by a life of servitude and harsh beatings. As a tongyang xi, Jing serves as caregiver for her three-year-old child husband. The Guos, in financial straits, sell Jing to a chinglou, where she is to become a courtesan. Refusing to resign herself to this life, she escapes with the aid of forces both human and magical. Set in 1102 C.E. in medieval China, Lim's debut viscerally captures the harsh realities of Jing's life. Despite the often difficult circumstances, Jing is surrounded by people and forces willing to help her, rewarding her kindness and persistence. These supportive presences, coupled with Jing's encounters with magical spirits and the noble feats she accomplishes throughout her journey, give Lim's novel a mythical air. Well-researched historical elements meet rich fantasy in this tale of determination and devotion. Ages 8-12. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Runaways -- Fiction.
Coming of age -- Fiction.
Magic -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 338 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780545767033
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