Next up is also on the sequels list, and also from the author of a California Young Reader Medal Awards nominee. This one was actually from last year, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, and now its sequel, Starry River of the Sky!
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: This is a very meta book, for while being a story in and of itself, it also contains stories that are delights as well. Set in Ancient China, it is so convincing and beautiful that one can almost feel themselves in it. It isn’t too fast paced, and yet not too snail-like either.
Starry River of the Sky: Also a story-within-story book,but starting rather suddenly. I’m sure you’ve read those books where it starts in a situation with no exposition and no back story and you have to struggle to keep up until a few chapters later when it begins to piece together. I’ve always sort of respected those books. They’re like puzzles. This is one of them. Later in the book you’ll understand what it has to do with the first book.