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The Girl Who Drank the Moon

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2017 at 2:57 pm

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by Kelly Barnhill

Fantasy/©2016/Recommended for Middle School

Book Info (Courtesy of Goodreads)

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 and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver 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 enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule–but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.

The acclaimed author of The Witch’s Boy has created another epic coming-of-age fairy tale destined to become a modern classic.

What I Thought:

I had heard a lot of good things about this book, but I kept telling myself that I am just not a fan of witch stories and I probably wouldn’t like it. Then it won the Newbery Award. Not that I always loved their choices, but, still, a reason to give it a go. Must admit, I thoroughly enjoyed it, witch and all. The writing was stunning, the characters were unique and memorable, and the plot was creative and engaging. It is a great addition to the middle school library and will appeal to readers who enjoy fantasy.

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