I bought this book at my twice a year scholastic book fair. I'm a huge fan of oriental culture, (particularily Japanese), however this book still interested me greatly. I was completely shocked to how fast I finished it! I'm a fast reader, but it took me only two days to get through Minli's fascinating journey! I almost didn't want it to end! I even had this feeling inside after I read it that I absolutely would read it again, which I have. Parents, please don't let the oriental theme get to you. I've talked to many adults who believe that anything associated with Chinese or Japanese culture is occult. I was raised in a Christian family, and I have a very strong, Christian view, and I think this book is incredible. It does apply things about gods, however, it's a stroy about Chinese folklore, so what can you expect? Plus, Minli is a great role model and makes a very tough decision about her friend, Dragon, in the end. Keeps you on your toes and enchants you not only with the story, but with the humor, characters, and not to mention the drawings are astounding! 10/10 stars! One of my favorites!