The Girl Who Drank the Moon

The Girl Who Drank the MoonThe Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Barnhill
Grades 4 & up

As is required by the laws of the Protectorate, Luna is taken as an infant from her parents and left in the woods, an offering to the witch. The townspeople assume that she is dead, just like the babies left each year before. What they do not realize, however, is that Xan, the witch, rescues these babies, feeding them on starlight and finding them loving homes in the Free Towns. But Xan makes a mistake, feeding Luna not just starlight, but moonlight as well. Feeling responsible for the enmagicked child, Xan raises her in the home she shares with Glerk the swamp monster and a tiny dragon named Fyrian. Luna grows up happy and loved, unaware of her magic or her origins. Back in the Protectorate, however, things are changing. Luna’s mother is imprisoned for refusing to give up her baby and Antain, the Elders’ apprentice, is slowly building up a rebellion. As Luna grows, Xan weakens, and everything leads towards a final battle in the woods. A book about the importance of hope as well as not making assumptions, searching for truth, and a parent’s never-ending love. 2017 Newbery Medal Winner. Recommended for grades 4 & up.

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