Title: The Girl Who Drank the Moon Author: Kelly Barnhill
Age range: 4th-6th grade
Every year, the overly paranoid people of the Protectorate Village leave a baby as “sacrifice” to the witch in the nearby forest, hoping she won’t terrioze their town. But, the witch in the forest, Xan is kind. She shares her home with Fyrain, the Perfectly Tiny Dragon and Glerk, the Wise Swamp Monster. She takes the children onto her back and delivers them to welcoming families just on the other side of the forest, nourishing them with magical starlight on the journey.
One night, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, making the child magical. She decides it would be best to raise the child as her own, whom she calls Luna. As Luna’s 13th birthday approaches, the magic from the moonlight begins to emerge–fast, with dangerous consequences.
Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. A massive volcano, quiet and unnoticed for centuries begins to crumble beneath earth’s surface. Deadly, mysterious birds with unknown intentions flock nearby. And the woman with “The tigers heart” is on the prowl.
MUST READ: Awesome book! a bit of a slow start but, wow. It even won the Newberry Medal!
Thoughts (for when you’re done reading, contains spoilers)
I loved this book so much. I have to admit, it was a bit of a slow starter and it took me a while to read, but I am very impressed. Kelly Barnhill perfectly captures the colors, feelings, and scenery for each chapter so beautifully. What a wonderful read!
I would have to say my favorite character would be Adara, AKA the madwoman in the Tower. She is determined to find Luna, no matter what. If she hadn’t taught the paper birds how to fly, she may have never reunited with her daughter. She soon learned to hope instead of sulk, even with her unfortunate situation. This made evil Sister Ignitia cry out in pain! She was a believer through and through.
I also liked Antain. In the beginning of the book, he got pushed around by The Grand Elder and bossed by the Sisters in the Tower. Soon, he found his ground and defended for himself. He dropped out of the Council and started his own carpentry buissness. He married Ethyne, a girl he had a crush on since he laid eyes on her. As a reader, this part made me very happy!
My favorite part would be when Luna and her mother get reunited. They are so happy to finally see each other after all those years. Enough said!
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