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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, 400 pages
Published on August 9, 2016 by Algonquin Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1616205679
ISBN-13: 9781616205676
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  • tinkerboon
    tinkerboonSunday, November 22, 2020 at 11:25 pm55 stars
    This book talks about a good witch (Xan) accidentally feeding a baby moonlight, and moonlight is magic, unlike starlight, it is very strong magic. Xan decides to name this baby Luna and raise Luna as her very own. Xan raises Luna with the help of a swamp monster, Glerk, and a perfectly tiny drangon, Fyrian.
    • tinkerboon
      tinkerboonSunday, November 22, 2020 at 10:57 pm55 stars
      It is so cool that a girl can drink moonlight! I wish I could drink moonlight, including starlight... Ask me what book I would recommend and I will recommend this book.
      • ananyadhar05
        ananyadhar05Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 4:58 pm55 stars
        This is a really great book!
        • 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