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The girl who drank the moon, Kelly Barnhill

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The girl who drank the moon
Title
The girl who drank the moon
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Kelly Barnhill
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eng
Summary
  • "An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her"--
  • 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 author of the highly acclaimed, award-winning novel The Witch's Boy has written an epic coming-of-age fairy tale destined to be a modern classic. -- From dust jacket
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Award
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2016
  • Newbery Medal, 2017.
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2016
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2017
  • E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, Middle Reader (formerly Indies' Choice Book Awards, Middle Reader), 2017.
Review
  • Grades 5-8 /* Starred Review */ Every year, the elders of the Protectorate sacrifice a baby to appease an evil witch—though, in truth, it’s a facade to subdue the populace. Xan, the witch in question, actually rescues each baby and finds families for them. One time, however, Xan accidentally feeds moonlight to the baby, which fills her with magic. Xan thereupon adopts her, names her Luna, and raises her with the help of a swamp monster and a tiny dragon. Luna’s magic grows exponentially and causes such havoc that Xan casts a spell to suppress it until Luna turns 13. But the spell misfires, clouding Luna’s mind whenever magic is mentioned, making proper training impossible. As the fateful birthday approaches, Xan fears dying before she can teach Luna everything she needs to know. Meanwhile, in the Protectorate, a young couple dares to challenge the status quo, a madwoman trapped in a tower escapes by way of paper birds, and a truly evil witch is revealed. Barnhill’s latest, told in omniscient point of view, is rich with multiple plotlines that culminate in a suspenseful climax, characters of inspiring integrity (as well as characters without any), a world with elements of both whimsy and treachery, and prose that melds into poetry. A sure bet for anyone who enjoys a truly fantastic story. -- Young, Michelle (Reviewed 7/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 21, p68)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 4–6—Once a year in the Protectorate there is a Day of Sacrifice. The youngest baby is taken by the Elders and left in the forest to die, thus appeasing the witch who threatens to destroy the village if not obeyed. Unbeknownst to the people, Xan, the witch of the forest, is kind and compassionate. When she discovers the first baby left as a sacrifice, she has no idea why it has been abandoned. She rescues the infants, feeds each one starlight, and delivers the shining infants to parents in the Outside Cities who love and care for them. On one occasion, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight along with starlight, filling her with glowing magic. Xan is smitten with the beautiful baby girl, who has a crescent moon birthmark on her forehead, and chooses to raise her as her own child. Twists and turns emerge as the identity of the true evil witch becomes apparent. The swiftly paced, highly imaginative plot draws a myriad of threads together to form a web of characters, magic, and integrated lives. Spiritual overtones encompass much of the storytelling with love as the glue that holds it all together. VERDICT An expertly woven and enchanting offering for readers who love classic fairy tales.—D. Maria LaRocco, Cuyahoga Public Library, Strongsville, OH --D. Maria LaRocco (Reviewed 07/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 7, p64)
  • /* Starred Review */ Xan, a kindhearted witch, lives in the woods with an erudite swamp monster, Glerk, and a lovable “Perfectly Tiny Dragon,” Fyrian. Every year she finds a new home for a baby the sorrowful people of the Protectorate leave in the woods on the Day of Sacrifice. One year, she accidentally “enmagicks” a baby with moonlight, so the three decide to raise her as their own, their Luna. But Luna’s magic is strong, and before her 13th birthday, events unfold that will change everything she has known. Barnhill (The Witch’s Boy) crafts another captivating fantasy, this time in the vein of Into the Woods. Via intricately woven chapters that follow Luna, her unusual family, the devious Grand Elder of the Protectorate, his honorable nephew and niece, the mysterious Sister Ignatia, and a sympathetic “madwoman” in a tower, Barnhill delivers an escalating plot filled with foreshadowing, well-developed characters, and a fully realized setting, all highlighting her lyrical storytelling. As the characters search for family, protect secrets, and seek truth, they realize that anything can happen in the woods—when magic is involved. Ages 10–up. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed 06/06/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 23, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ An elderly witch, a magical girl, a brave carpenter, a wise monster, a tiny dragon, paper birds, and a madwoman converge to thwart a magician who feeds on sorrow.Every year Elders of the Protectorate leave a baby in the forest, warning everyone an evil Witch demands this sacrifice. In reality, every year, a kind witch named Xan rescues the babies and find families for them. One year Xan saves a baby girl with a crescent birthmark who accidentally feeds on moonlight and becomes "enmagicked." Magic babies can be tricky, so Xan adopts little Luna herself and lovingly raises her, with help from an ancient swamp monster and a chatty, wee dragon. Luna's magical powers emerge as her 13th birthday approaches. Meanwhile, Luna's deranged real mother enters the forest to find her daughter. Simultaneously, a young carpenter from the Protectorate enters the forest to kill the Witch and end the sacrifices. Xan also enters the forest to rescue the next sacrificed child, and Luna, the monster, and the dragon enter the forest to protect Xan. In the dramatic denouement, a volcano erupts, the real villain attempts to destroy all, and love prevails. Replete with traditional motifs, this nontraditional fairy tale boasts sinister and endearing characters, magical elements, strong storytelling, and unleashed forces. Luna has black eyes, curly, black hair, and "amber" skin. Guaranteed to enchant, enthrall, and enmagick. (Fantasy. 10-14)(Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2016)
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Awards note
  • Newbery winner, 2017.
  • Andre Norton Award Nominee for Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book, 2016.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10522770
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Barnhill, Kelly Regan
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 640L
  • Structure indicator: 90 (high)
  • Syntactic indicator: 90 (high)
  • Semantic indicator: 100 (very high)
  • Decoding indicator: 100 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
  • MG
  • MG
LC call number
  • PZ7.B26663
  • PS3602.A777135
  • PS3602.A777134
LC item number
  • Gi 2016
  • G57 2016
  • G57 2016
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
  • 4.8.
  • 4.7.
  • 4.8
  • 4.8
  • 640L.
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Algonquin Young Readers
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True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts!
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning
  • Lexile
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  • Witches
  • Magic
  • Friendship in children
  • Witches
  • Magic
  • Friendship
  • Fantasy
  • Friendship in children
  • Magic
  • Witches
Target audience
pre adolescent
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The girl who drank the moon, Kelly Barnhill
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Control code
ocn933272468
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
386 pages, 2 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780605956926
Lccn
2016006542
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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4603016
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(OCoLC)933272468
Label
The girl who drank the moon, Kelly Barnhill
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
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ocn933272468
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
386 pages, 2 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9780605956926
Lccn
2016006542
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Stock number
4603016
System control number
(OCoLC)933272468

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