The importance of storytelling is beautifully emphasized in this 2010 Newbery Honor title , written and illustrated by Grace Lin , with the audiobook  version narrated by actress Janet Song. Minli is the daughter of poor farmers who live in the barren land shadowed by Fruitless Mountain. She is inspired by the mystical folktales of her father, and the sadness of her mother, to try to improve their fortune by traveling to meet the Old Man of the Moon, a character in her father's stories. On the way she meets a talking fish and a dragon who can't fly, as well as other animals and people, both good and evil, who help her realize what good fortune really means. Highly recommended, either in print format (enjoy Lin's lovely illustrations!) or as an audiobook, for ages 8-12. Watch a book trailer and an interview with the author , and discover other books written and illustrated by Lin, such as Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! , a 2011 Geisel Honor Book, and picture books including Dim Sum for Everyone!  and Fortune Cookie Fortunes .