I really love children's books and this one was particularly well done. It had the added bonus of having multiple pictures done by the author, pictures that were just beautiful. The cover art is a good example of it. The author is of Chinese descent and used the folk tales that she remembered from her childhood to create a wonderful story about a Chinese girl who wants to improve her family's fortune. The tales are woven into the storyline throughout the book and are very fun to read. It is written for ages 9-12 but would make a good read-aloud book for younger children. Rated G.