The Girl Who Drank the Moon

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

eBook - 2016
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Luna, whose magical abilities are emerging, was raised in the forest by a witch, a swamp monster, and a dragon, but when a young man from the Protectorate is determined to kill the witch, Luna must use her magic to protect her family.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Young Readers,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616206567
Characteristics: 1 online resource (388 pages)
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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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.

BookWyrmTastic Mar 09, 2018

The first page of this new fairytale sets up an unforgettable story you will want to devour. Barnhill creates a world that perfectly explores the relationships between sorrow and hope and loss and love through magic, dragons, witches, and monsters. This book is perfect for all fantasy lovers, especially those in 5th-10th grades (it may be a bit much for younger audiences).

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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