The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Hardcover)
There is magic in the forest that surrounds the Protectorate—magic, witches, monsters and dragons, some good and much evil. To placate an evil witch, every year on the Day of Sacrifice, by the Elders’ decree, the people of the Protectorate leave the village’s youngest baby in the forest to die. The Elders know there is no witch, but the villagers comply unquestioningly and live their lives burdened by sorrow. And every year without anyone’s knowledge, the kindhearted witch Xan rescues those babies, finding new families for them in the Free Cities. One year, Xan accidentally feeds the latest sacrificed baby moonlight, enmagicking this tiny girl. Xian calls her Luna, and raises her as her own in the woods with the help of her trusty friends, a swamp monster and a perfectly tiny dragon. As the years pass, Luna’s untrained magic explodes while Xan’s weakens. Meanwhile, a few villagers have begun to question their customs: a young father resolves to kill the witch to save his own youngest baby and free his village, and Luna’s own mother escapes her prison tower to wreak her own revenge on the witch. But there is an even more menacing force lurking about, and as they all converge in the forest, it will take the most powerful magic of all to overcome evil. Barnhill’s lyrical storytelling, perfect for reading aloud, is sure to cast a spell on readers. Highly recommended for grades 4 and above.— Jennifer
Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal
The New York Times Bestseller
An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of 2016
A New York Public Library Best Book of 2016
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016
An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016
Named to KirkusReviews' Best Books of 2016
2017 Booklist Youth Editors' Choice
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.