The Girl Who Drank the Moon

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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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.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781616205676
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 22 cm
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.8 12.0 183878.


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RyanL_KCMO Jul 27, 2017

Most Miyazaki films feature strong female protagonists. This book is full of magic the way a Miyazaki film is! And it is a Newberry Award winner!

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Apr 07, 2021

I was recommended this book by my teacher. And I'm really glad he did. I could not put the book down. It was a very interesting and exciting book. This is a very magical book, and the imagery inside it was just so wonderful. It put the image right in my head!

Sep 06, 2020

This is a children's book that was highly recommended by a friend who helps elementary school children stage plays. I previewed the book one night before giving it to my grandchildren to read. The timing was not good; they had to return it because others had holds on it. They subsequently checked out the book and recently finished it. The girl loved it, the boy found it OK. It is a fun story, features female protagonists, and has almost a classic fairy tale story line. Creation myths play an important part in the story and I feel that some of it paraphrases the Genesis story. Of course, that's just IMHO.
Have your children read it, read it to them, read it to your friends' children. I only wish I could have read it with my grandchildren - curse you, Covid!

Aug 14, 2020

Fascinating and beautiful, really beautiful. Story focuses on love and kindness and overcoming terrible/terrifying things. I don't know why I picked it up, but it was hard to put down until I finished it!

hard to understand the first time, much better on the second read!

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!

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.

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"Well," her grandmother had reassured her. "Perhaps not mush. Stuff. The stuff of stars. The stuff of light. The stuff of a planet before it is a planet. The stuff of a baby before it is born. The stuff of a seed before it is a sycamore. Everything you see is in the process of making or unmaking or dying or living. Everything is in a state of change."

“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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