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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
56 Book Reviews
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  • 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!
        • 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
              • the_wolf
                the_wolfSunday, May 17, 2020 at 5:40 pm55 stars
                This book seems interesting... I'll add it to my ebook collection right away!
                • raindrop07
                  raindrop07Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 5:23 pm55 stars
                  The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill is about a town that each year gives the youngest baby to the "witch" in the woods. They think that if they do not, the witch will curse them and send them into forever darkness and exile. This book is about the life of Luna, one of the children brought into the woods and her life with the Zan, the kind old woman known in the tale as the mean, old witch. This story tells of Luna's journey as a magical child and her adventures through the days as she finds the true meaning of being filled with moon magic. “Not all knowledge comes from the mind. Your body, your heart, your intuition. Sometimes memories even have minds of their own.” ― Kelly Barnhill, The Girl Who Drank the Moon
                  • Shygirl Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 6:02 am
                    I wish I could do that
                    • ShygirlSunday, May 17, 2020 at 1:54 am
                      I am so speechless... It was just so amazing