Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 5 - 9Grade 5n/a4.8n/a
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
63 Book Reviews
  • stargirl12876
    stargirl12876about 1 month55 stars
    I’ve read it. It’s really great!
    • stargirl12876
      stargirl12876about 1 month55 stars
      This is a great book for those who love fantasy and magic. It’s really hard to stop reading. I hop you like it!
      • pink_koala
        pink_koala11 months55 stars
        I will read this book. looks cool!
        • adroit_avimimus
          adroit_avimimus11 months55 stars
          Very magical and inspiring story!
          • adroit_avimimus
            adroit_avimimus11 months55 stars
            A very fantastical and inspiring story! vv The Girl Who Drank the Moon tells the story of Luna, the latest in a line of babies that the people of the Protectorate sacrifice to the witch of the forest in a bid to keep their town safe. Only as readers quickly discover, Xan the witch is a gentle woman who rescues babies and helps them get adopted.
            • wolfy_blue
              wolfy_blueabout 1 year
              Seems like a good book!
              • goodgirl123rd
                goodgirl123rdover 1 year55 stars
                I loved this book because it was about a mysterious girl named Luna who got fed the moon bye a witch as a infant.
                • tinkersy
                  tinkersyover 1 year55 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.
                  • tinkersy
                    tinkersyover 1 year55 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
                      ananyadhar05over 1 year55 stars
                      This is a really great book!