The Girl Who Drank the Moon

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

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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 and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned 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 enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule -- but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her -- even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she's always known.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Young Readers,, 2016
Copyright Date: ℗♭2016
ISBN: 9781616205676
1616205679
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 22 cm

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red_dog_16915
May 01, 2018

I read this book with my class. I usually have a problem with read aloud books; I never know how the books started because every time I try to listen carefully, I just end up looking out the window, daydreaming. I love to read, but I just can't help it. But this book was different. The moment it started, it hooked me and I didn't pay attention to anything but the story. I felt like I was actually going there, into the book. Also, my teacher made a lot easier. She has a voice that makes you listen to every single word. She makes books come to life. I loved this book. I recommend it to people who like books and stories that make you think about it at night, then this is a really good choice. I hope you love it as much as I did.

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white_tiger_885
Apr 14, 2018

An epic read for sure.

PimaLib_Kids Mar 29, 2018

I love this book! - Caysea

AlisonBookWyrm Mar 26, 2018

The first page will hook you into a beautifully crafted fantasy world. You will find yourself reading late into the night to find out what happens to these magical characters that deal with real life problems. All fantasy lovers 5th grade and up will love this book (it may be a bit too scary for younger audiences).

OLATHEAllisonB Mar 21, 2018

For fans of Neil Gaiman, this novel offers adult readers an engaging and worthwhile epic. Dreamy, quirky, at times humorous prose and a cast of interesting make this fantasy enjoyable read. Barnhill deftly draws the reader in to a variety of perspectives, fully developing many of her characters and developing the events of the plot in a wonderful way.

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becker
Mar 13, 2018

The cover of this book is lovely but it's not just another pretty face. It contains a beautifully written, accomplished story with some special characters. It was my first 5 star read for the year and I will definitely being reading The Witch's Boy by the same author.

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B00ksRcool
Feb 27, 2018

The first chapter hooks you. I am enjoying this read. Finished the book - wow. Good reading for YA or Adult; LOVE triumphs over sorrow, everyone has their place.

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belanka
Feb 26, 2018

Amazing piece! My 8 yo and I listened to audiobook on one breath. So many deep themes explored.

This is not for children under 10! I started reading it to an elementary class and probably gave them nightmares.

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lucyowen
Nov 12, 2017

A great read for preteens and teens. Has important lessons and messages set in a beautifully written novel. I love a book with a child main character, and if you like an adventure with kids, this is a must read!

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red_dog_16915
May 01, 2018

red_dog_16915 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Ada_2006
Apr 27, 2018

Ada_2006 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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vv19
Apr 14, 2018

vv19 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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white_tiger_885
Apr 14, 2018

white_tiger_885 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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blue_whale_503
Sep 17, 2017

blue_whale_503 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 14

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Jul 14, 2017

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Jun 26, 2017

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Jun 17, 2017

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vv19
Apr 14, 2018

“How many feelings can one heart hold?... Infinite, Luna thought. The way the universe is infinite. It is light and dark and endless motion; it is space and time, and space within space, and time within time. And she knew: there is no limit to what the heart can carry.”

JCLChrisK Dec 21, 2016

Not all knowledge comes from the mind. Your body, your heart, your intuition. Sometimes memories even have minds of their own.

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vv19
Apr 14, 2018

A wonderful story that teaches children the power of love and sorrow. The characters come to life in this story about a little village doomed to sorrow for loses that never should have happened. Luna is the heroine who is determined to help everyone and to find love in others. A beautiful poignant story of love and sacrifice.

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