The Girl Who Drank the Moon

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 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016

I can't believe it has taken me so long to get around to reading this story. Kelly Barnhill writes as if she were channeling the Grimm brothers. If you told me this book was one hundred years old I would believe you. Enchanting is how I described it as I closed it the last time.

Each year the people of the Protectorate, offer up the youngest baby in the town, hoping to appease the witch. These people are correct to believe a witch in the woods exist, but she isn’t the evil, baby-eating monster they fear. Instead, each year she rescues these babies and gives them to deserving families in far away cities...until one year she accidentally magicks a baby girl by feeding her moonlight. As the girl grows so does the magic inside her until everything changes. I think this is the kind of book that you just don't want to know much about before reading it.

As soon as I make some progress through my massive pile of ARCs I'm going to read The Witches Boy (also written by Kelly Barnhill)

The Girl Who Drank the Moon is available at your library or bookstore. 


Jennifer Naughton

I'm a lifelong bibliophile who happens to love children's books and who should have become a librarian. Instead I horde books in case of apocalypse or the enactment of a Fahrenheit 451 type law. My five kids accept my addiction and have learned to accept books in odd places.