Title: The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Author: Kelly Barnhill
Page Count: 386
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 fees 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.
John Newberry Medal
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This was a great book, it was so well crafted and suspense-filled. It was a really enjoyable read and I felt my heart go out to each of the very different characters. I can see how this book got a Newberry Medal, it was a great book. I think it was great because I couldn't see what was coming. It was really fun and the characters were really great to read about.
The Bottom Line: Overall, just great! :D