Teen Reader’s Choice Award Nominee Spotlight: The Girl Who Drank the Moon
“Yes. There is a witch in the woods.”
And so begins our first nominated title, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Newberry Award winner – and pie maker - Kelly Barnhill.
Kelly Barnhill is a former teacher, former park ranger, former waitress, former janitor, and very current master storyteller. The sum of her past has granted her a vast experience to draw upon when she weaves a tale. Let her captivate you.
Don’t just take our word for it! Here is a bit about the book…
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 . . . ~Amazon.ca
In fact, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, has won quite a few awards. Take a look:
- 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.
Kelly Barnhill has won many awards throughout her career too. We selected, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, because it is a fantastic and adventurous story with memorable characters. Luna, the heroine of this intriguing tale, is a strong female lead readers will not soon forget. Magic abounds and you will find yourself on the edge of your seat from the first page to the very last. We dare you to pick this book up and try to put it down. It’s going to cast a spell on you.
Don’t forget! It’s all up to you now! So read and be ready to vote!
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