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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.
Hardcover, 454 pages
Published on July 5, 2017 by Thorndike Press Large Print
ISBN-10: 1432840932
ISBN-13: 9781432840938
53 Book Reviews
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  • vioetbutterfly
    vioetbutterflyTuesday, October 13, 2020 at 11:20 am
    Haven't read it yet, but I will soon!
    • The Secret girlWednesday, July 15, 2020 at 4:11 pm
      It's awesome!!!
      • lions579
        lions579Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 11:59 am55 stars
        This book is about a town next to a volcano. Every year the townspeople leave the youngest child on a stump in the middle of a forest. They do this so the witch will not haunt their town, but the witch (Named Xan) is actually nice. Each year she saves the baby and brings it to a free city across the forest. The baby’s are called star children. But one year she feeds a star child moonlight, and moonlight is magic. Can raises the child with the help of the kind swamp monster Glerk, and The Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. The child she names Luna, And this book is of her adventures, her magic growing from within as a restless volcano wakes and a young man determined to save the doomed baby’s.
        • haein
          haeinSunday, June 28, 2020 at 12:32 am55 stars
          This book is awesome!! If you didn’t read it, check it out
          • the_wolf
            the_wolfSaturday, 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
                • the_wolf
                  the_wolfSaturday, 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!