Waiting on Wednesday: The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim

The Crystal Ribbon

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by Scholastic Press
The cover for this book caught my eye.  It’s so pretty!  And the summary makes it sound like a fun little fairy tale set in medieval China.  Definitely on my 2017 TBR!


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.


3 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim

  1. This is new to me, so thank you for sharing! It sounds really good, although I’m wondering why she would want to go back home to a family that sold her:-/ And yes, that cover is pretty!

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    1. The cover definitely drew me to the book, but I’m hoping to read this one sometime this year as it sounds like fun. I also wondered about the family thing but maybe it’s like Cinderella? She’s so kind-hearted that she forgives them quickly…


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