The Girl Who Drank the Moon

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This is a book feature of The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.

This is a book review of The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: 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. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the 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 girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge—with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . .

The Girl Who Drank The Moon

This is a fairy tale type book for children ages 8 and up although adults can enjoy it as well of course. It is a Newbery Award Winner and a New York Times Bestseller. It is published by Algonquin Young Readers.

It’s a long book at almost 400 pages, especially for a young reader but it’s broken up into over 40 chapters and each chapter has small breaks too so it’s easy to digest in chunks.

Although I haven’t read the whole book cover to cover yet I flipped through and read parts to get a good feel for it. It seems pretty interested and definitely a fairy tale type book. I don’t know when we will use this as a read aloud but we definitely will.

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