The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill
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.
The acclaimed author of The Witch’s Boy has created another epic coming-of-age fairy tale destined to become a modern classic.
First, that cover is just so gorgeous! I couldn’t review this without mentioning it.
I really loved The Girl Who Drank The Moon. I won’t get too much into the story because you really just need to read it.
The writing was so beautiful. While reading it, I felt like I was listening to someone tell a story so unbelievable that I knew it couldn’t be true. But I wanted it to be. This book was filled with so much magic and love. Everything was so descriptive and easy to picture.
Luna was such a loving, powerful girl and Xan was an amazing grandma to her. She was so full of love for that little girl. Glerk was thoughtful and smart. And Fyrian was the most adorable little dragon. Luna had a life full of love, but she knew something was missing. I felt horrible for her mother, and all the other parents who had babies taken from them. The sorrow eater was such a monster.
This book definitely has some lessons and sadness. But it’s also so much more than a book about a witch and magic. It was really a book about love and family. Especially the love a mother has for her child.
I gave this book 5 stars and highly recommend it for everyone.
Have you read this book yet? Is it on your TBR? What are some other magical middle grade books you would recommend?