The Girl Who Drank the Moon

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

eBook - 2016
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Algonquin Young Readers : Made available through hoopla, 2016
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
ISBN: 9781616206567


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OLATHEAllisonB Mar 21, 2018

For fans of Neil Gaiman, this novel offers adult readers an engaging and worthwhile epic. Dreamy, quirky, at times humorous prose and a cast of interesting make this fantasy enjoyable read. 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.

Mar 13, 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.

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.

Nov 12, 2017

A great read for preteens and teens. Has important lessons and messages set in a beautifully written novel. I love a book with a child main character, and if you like an adventure with kids, this is a must read!

historytimejen Oct 27, 2017

This is a fabulous read for strong elementary age readers who enjoy quests, magic and dragonlings. It's a mash up of the Hunger Games, the Hobbit and Harry Potter. It lends itself to a sequel - I hope there's more!

Jul 14, 2017

The Girl Who Drank the Moon is an amazing chapter book; a perfect story for kids! But the language and vocabulary is a bit complicated for younger kids (eg. 10 years and younger). It is such an breath taking book!

SCL_RiRay Jul 06, 2017

A worthy addition to The Newbery Award winners list.
It is a bit slow to start but, in the end, I couldn't help but love it.

Jun 26, 2017

Fairy tales told to a child subtly interwoven with the story behind the tales and a hint of myth. I liked the way Barnhill doesn't force a framework around magic and repeats elements in variation like a fugue. The story comes full circle in many ways. If you like this, you may also enjoy the film Kubo And The Two Strings. I did find the ending here was a little mushy though and most fairy tales don't tell you what happens in the weeks that follow. The target audience is likely 9-15 years old and, by only a slight margin, female. Strong female characters predominate but not artificially so.

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