The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Hardcover)

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Nearly every family of the Protectorate has been touched by deep sorrow, as once a year a baby must be sacrificed to an evil witch to sate her wicked ways. What the Council of Elders keeps secret is that there is no evil witch. What they don’t know, is that there is indeed a witch—Xan doesn’t know why the strange town leaves a baby to die each year, but she won’t allow it and rescues each, feeds them starlight (which brings out the best of them), and takes them to the Free Cities to loving adoptive families. But when Xan accidentally feeds one baby moonlight, making her a creature of magic, the carefully maintained order is shaken by the sheer power in so small a child. And so kicks off a rich plot from multiple perspectives that explains why Xan is what she is, and the Protectorate what it is, and how it can be fixed. This is a beautiful story, thematically powerful and lyrically written. In parts it is a dreamy fairy tale, a socio-political small town picture, and a family saga. Wonderful for strong kid readers (ages 9 or 10+), teens, and adult readers alike.

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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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781616205676
ISBN-10: 1616205679
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: August 9th, 2016
Pages: 400
Language: English