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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616205676
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 22 cm


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I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters are developed and the plot had twists that I didn't see coming. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys fantasy with a basic good versus evil plot. Recommended for grades 4-9.

jcljessicaj Apr 23, 2020

The magic in this book was so beautifully done. I truly enjoyed the characters and the twists and turns the plot took. It was almost like reading a folklore. I must say that this read more like a teen book than a J book, so I would recommend it to more advanced middle grade readers.

Apr 03, 2020

This book was one of my favorite reads of 2019. Kelly Barnhill weaves together multiple intriguing storylines beautifully!

FPL_Nanya Nov 11, 2019

This book is beautifully written. The imagery will make your imagination take flight, and the story is magical!

Jul 04, 2019

Kelly Barnhill is a truly gifted storyteller. This book reminds me of the fairytales that I read when I was a child and inspired me to become a writer. Much like the forest in the story, this book is filled with twists and turns. Of long standing truths and new discoveries. The characters will touch your heart, or fill it with dread, or remind you of someone you may have met along your own journey. You'll be thinking of them long after you've read the last page.

VaughanPLKelly May 06, 2019

I really enjoyed this one. It reminds me of the darkness found within fairy tales, with its portrayal of sacrifice in the Protectorate, but with enough lighter elements to appeal to children. Recommended for children aged 10-12 who enjoy fantasy and whimsy, with some darker elements and themes.

Mar 28, 2019

This is a really fun title with atmosphere that doesn't stop!

Mar 15, 2019

This is a VERY disturbing book. The premise is that a baby each year is taken from its family, put in the forest and assumed to be killed by animals. The purpose of this is to keep the town in darkness and sadness so the leaders can remain powerful. It is a horrifying story. To focus only on the "good" witch who rescues the children and places them in good homes on the other side of the mountain is misguided.

In addition, the mother of one of the stolen children goes mad and is locked in a tower and denied any human decency. She is the "mad woman". This is not a moral narrative.

The book group I am in all wonder how this could be a Newberry Award winner with the themes it focuses on. It was a horrifying story to most of us.

Be very cautious choosing this for a child to read. It could be especially traumatizing for an adopted child...or adoptive parent.

Mar 05, 2019

Magic, geology, witches, and a powerful
cast of characters? Sign me up.

Mar 03, 2019

It was annoyingly repetitive. Half the length could have gone. The climax was too predictable with no suspense. Overall, it was too sentimental for me.

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“Just because you don’t see something doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Some of the most wonderful things in the world are invisible. Trusting in invisible things makes them more powerful and wondrous.”

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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