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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.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published on June 18, 2019 by Algonquin Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1616207469
ISBN-13: 9781616207465
50 Book Reviews
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  • haein
    haeinSunday, June 28, 2020 at 12:32 am55 stars
    This book is awesome!! If you didn’t read it, check it out
    • lonewolfforlife
      lonewolfforlifeSaturday, June 27, 2020 at 3:34 am55 stars
      Ah so good! *Dances and accidentally chucks kunai knife into bush*
      • princessreader1
        princessreader1Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 7:59 am55 stars
        It sounds really interesting I can't wait to read it!
        • HoneySunday, May 24, 2020 at 5:53 am
          Its a good book
          • lonewolfforlife
            lonewolfforlifeSaturday, May 23, 2020 at 4:29 am55 stars
            I aIready read this book and l think it's amazing!
            • midnightmoon190
              midnightmoon190Friday, May 22, 2020 at 2:37 pm55 stars
              i love this book i own it and when i read it it felt like i was in side the book and i did not whant to put it down.
              • queen_strong
                queen_strongFriday, May 22, 2020 at 10:50 am44 stars
                This book seems really cool! I want to read it!
                • hermionelove
                  hermioneloveThursday, May 21, 2020 at 11:58 am55 stars
                  it is so sweet.I was so sad when Xan died.But other than that it is so sweet
                  • meisdancer
                    meisdancerThursday, May 21, 2020 at 10:14 am55 stars
                    Luna is a magical girl who when she is a baby Xan accidentally feeds her some of the moon instead of the stars. So when Luna grows up to a kid she becomes mischievous and sometimes can hurt herself but Xan (who everyone on the other side of the bog thinks is evil is actually nice) is there to help most of the time. I love this book so,so,so much!
                    • Madylin priorWednesday, May 20, 2020 at 6:08 pm
                      I have not read it but it sounds good