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The Girl Who Drank the Moon

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  • Item #: NTS660582
  • ISBN13: 9781616205676
  • Format: Hardcover Book
  • Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
  • Genre:
    Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Fables
  • Weight (lbs):1.03800
  • Ages 10 & Up
  • Grades: 5 - 12
  • Lexile® Measure: 640LL
  • DRA Level: 60


Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal!

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 Newbery Medal winner from the author of the highly acclaimed novel The Witch?s Boy.


Kelly Barnhill writes novels for children and short stories for adults and poetry that she whispers in the dark when no one is listening. Both her most recent novel, The Witch's Boy, and her first novel, The Mostly True Story of Jack, received four-star reviews, and her second, Iron Hearted Violet, received a Parents' Choice Gold Award.

Kelly lives on a city street in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a field and a creek behind her house. A coyote runs by every morning at six a.m. and a heron flies over her yard just before the sun sets on slow summer evenings. Kelly is a fast runner and a steady hiker and a good camper. She also makes delicious pie.

She has received grants and awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, Intermedia Arts, and the Loft. She has three very smart kids and one very smart husband.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Hardcover Book


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