The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Age Range: 10 – 14 years | Grade Level: 5 – 9 | Hardcover: 400 pages | Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers (August 9, 2016)
About The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.
One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge–with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . .
The author of the highly acclaimed, award-winning novel The Witch’s Boy has written an epic coming-of-age fairy tale destined to be a modern classic.
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My Thoughts on The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Wow. What a beautiful book and beautiful story. I read this out loud to my kids and they became as engrossed in it as I did. It’s a layered, complex story with several characters factoring into the end result. Big and small characters all play a vital part in the story.
The writing is breathtaking. The author sweeps you into the story and off your feet faster than you can read the first page. Then, she pulls you along on the backs of her paper birds for a journey through a land of volcanoes, witches, dragons, and magic.
I can’t get over how much I loved The Girl Who Drank the Moon. When we finished reading, my daughter asked me if I could write a letter to the author and ask her to make the book into a series. I just laughed because I know exactly what she meant. It’s an amazing story that you can’t stop reading and don’t want to end.
Source: The publisher sent me a copy of this book.
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