When the Sea Turned to Silver

Best Users: Educators, Librarians, Booksellers, Chinese Culture Organizations

Best Audience: Children Grades 03-07

About the Kit:

art_035When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin (Little, Brown) is a chapter book filled with many stories.  One of the book’s main characters is the Storyteller, a woman renowned for her ability to both amaze and educate with her words.  You, too, are renowned for this ability.  This dramatic reading gives you the role of the Storyteller sharing a tale entitled, The Story of the Red Stone.

Why a “dramatic reading” and not a “readers theater”?  The script could certainly be used as a readers theater, but we could not resist suggesting ways to demonstrate the magic or costume the characters!

The kit includes:

— Storyteller’s script
— Scripts for 4-5 additional readers
— Cue cards for audience participation
— Suggested, easy blocking
— Costume ideas
— Simple magic tricks


Sea Turned Silver Dramatic Reading
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9780316125925When the Sea Turned to Silver
By Grace Lin
Published by Little, Brown Books
for Young Readers
ISBN-13: 9780316125925
Lexile: 750L
Age Range: 9 – 12 Years

National Book Award Finalist!

Pinmei’s gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller.  Everyone knows that the Emperor wants something called the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night. Determined to have her grandmother returned, Pinmei embarks on a journey to find the Luminous Stone alongside her friend Yishan, a mysterious boy who seems to have his own secrets to hide. Together, the two must face obstacles usually found only in legends to find the Luminous Stone and save Pinmei’s grandmother—before it’s too late.

When the Sea Turned to Silver is a companion novel to Newbery Honor winner Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky.

“Lin’s fans will not be disappointed: she again delivers a rich interweaving of ancient tales with fast-paced adventure, fantasy, and slowly unfolding mysteries told through captivating language with beguiling similes.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A stunning addition to a deservedly beloved set of novels; recommended for all middle grade collections.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
“This beautifully told companion…offers lyrical storytelling, bringing ‘us to places we have never dreamed of.’” —Kirkus Review (starred review)
“Lin’s evocative language sweeps readers away, and the stories within the story are juicy and delicious…” —Booklist (starred review)


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