The Girl Who Drank the Moon

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

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An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her. 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 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 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.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC : Algonquin Young Readers, 2016
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781616205676
Characteristics: 388 p. ; 22 cm


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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 24, 2018

Newbery Medal for Children’s Literature, 2017. An instant children’s classic.

Between the Forest and the Bog is a sorrowful village. Once a year on The Day of Sacrifice, the elders of the village take the youngest child born that year and deposit it in a glade in the forest, to appease the wrath of the witch who lives there. The elders say they are protecting the village. But the elders know there is no witch. They use this “protection” to keep their hold on power in the village. They leave the babies to be eaten by wild animals.

Except… there IS a witch – Xan, a very elderly good witch who can’t understand why the village leaves a baby in the glade every year. So she takes the babies and feeds them starlight, and then she takes them to the Free Cities on the other side of the forest, to be adopted into kind families.
Except one year when she accidentally feeds one baby with *moonlight* which enmagics her.

Meanwhile there is a young man who believes he is going to save his village and his own baby by going into the Forest and killing the witch. And unknown to everyone, there is also a truly evil witch – one who has kept the village in sorrow for hundreds of years. The novel has a fairy-tale quality, beautifully written, and begging to be read-aloud.

Jul 24, 2018

The cover of this book is lovely but it's not just another pretty face. It contains a beautifully written, accomplished story with some special characters. It was my first 5 star read for the year and I will definitely being reading The Witch's Boy by the same author.

May 01, 2018

I read this book with my class. I usually have a problem with read aloud books; I never know how the books started because every time I try to listen carefully, I just end up looking out the window, daydreaming. I love to read, but I just can't help it. But this book was different. The moment it started, it hooked me and I didn't pay attention to anything but the story. I felt like I was actually going there, into the book. Also, my teacher made a lot easier. She has a voice that makes you listen to every single word. She makes books come to life. I loved this book. I recommend it to people who like books and stories that make you think about it at night, then this is a really good choice. I hope you love it as much as I did.

Apr 14, 2018

An epic read for sure.

PimaLib_Kids Mar 29, 2018

I love this book! - Caysea

AlisonBookWyrm Mar 26, 2018

The first page will hook you into a beautifully crafted fantasy world. You will find yourself reading late into the night to find out what happens to these magical characters that deal with real life problems. All fantasy lovers 5th grade and up will love this book (it may be a bit too scary for younger audiences).

OLATHEAllisonA Mar 21, 2018

Adult fans of Neil Gaiman may like this novel, which offers readers of all ages an engaging and worthwhile epic that's full of magic. Barnhill deftly draws the reader in to a variety of perspectives, fully developing many of her characters and developing the events of the plot in a wonderful way. Dreamy, quirky, and at times humorous prose describes a cast of interesting characters that make this fantasy a truly enjoyable read.

Feb 27, 2018

The first chapter hooks you. I am enjoying this read. Finished the book - wow. Good reading for YA or Adult; LOVE triumphs over sorrow, everyone has their place.

Feb 26, 2018

Amazing piece! My 8 yo and I listened to audiobook on one breath. So many deep themes explored.

This is not for children under 10! I started reading it to an elementary class and probably gave them nightmares.

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Apr 14, 2018

“How many feelings can one heart hold?... Infinite, Luna thought. The way the universe is infinite. It is light and dark and endless motion; it is space and time, and space within space, and time within time. And she knew: there is no limit to what the heart can carry.”

JCLChrisK Dec 21, 2016

Not all knowledge comes from the mind. Your body, your heart, your intuition. Sometimes memories even have minds of their own.


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Apr 14, 2018

A wonderful story that teaches children the power of love and sorrow. The characters come to life in this story about a little village doomed to sorrow for loses that never should have happened. Luna is the heroine who is determined to help everyone and to find love in others. A beautiful poignant story of love and sacrifice.


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