The Girl Who Drank the Moon

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

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"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 and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned 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 enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule--but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her--even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she's always known."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [Prince Frederick (Md.)] : Recorded Books, 2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781501935572
1501935577
9781501936654
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bar
Description: 1 online resource (1 sound file (09 hr., 37 min., 53 sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Moore, Christina
OverDrive, Inc

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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 24, 2018

Newbery Medal for Children’s Literature, 2017. An instant children’s classic.

Between the Forest and the Bog is a sorrowful village. Once a year on The Day of Sacrifice, the elders of the village take the youngest child born that year and deposit it in a glade in the forest, to appease the wrath of the witch who lives there. The elders say they are protecting the village. But the elders know there is no witch. They use this “protection” to keep their hold on power in the village. They leave the babies to be eaten by wild animals.

Except… there IS a witch – Xan, a very elderly good witch who can’t understand why the village leaves a baby in the glade every year. So she takes the babies and feeds them starlight, and then she takes them to the Free Cities on the other side of the forest, to be adopted into kind families.
Except one year when she accidentally feeds one baby with *moonlight* which enmagics her.

Meanwhile there is a young man who believes he is going to save his village and his own baby by going into the Forest and killing the witch. And unknown to everyone, there is also a truly evil witch – one who has kept the village in sorrow for hundreds of years. The novel has a fairy-tale quality, beautifully written, and begging to be read-aloud.

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jandt_mcmurray
Oct 12, 2017

There once was a village on the edge of the great woods. The townspeople believed that inside those woods lived a witch that would bring destruction on their village if they did not sacrifice the youngest baby in their village each year by leaving it on the ground just inside the woods. There was indeed a witch, but she was a kind, loving woman. She did not understand why a small baby was left in the woods each year, but rather than leave the baby to die, she collected it & gave it to a loving family that would raise it as their own. One such baby arrived only to be filled with magic by accident. Since the witch knew how to raise a magical child, she, along with her faithful friends (a baby dragon & a swamp monster) kept that girl as her own, & all 3 of them loved her very much. Meanwhile, a young boy that was forced to help rip this baby girl from the arms of her mother has never been the same since that moment. He believed that what the town council was doing to families was a crime, so he gave up that job & began to make a living on his own. Time goes by, & the young boy becomes a man, & he falls in love with his childhood sweetheart. They too have a child of their own. In fear that his baby would be taken from them as the next sacrifice, he decides to go seek out this witch in the woods & destroy her once & for all. He discovers that it is not the witch that has brought all of this sorrow upon the village but a well-loved, much-trusted lady in the community who herself contained powers unknown to anyone else besides the witch. When the truth is revealed, both women meet their end, one peacefully, one sadly. The baby girl, now a teenager, is brought face-to-face with her birth mother & helps her gain sanity again. In fact, all of the babies that had been left in the woods are told the truth, & they all find their birth parents & begin to build relationships with them. These children did not abandon their adoptive families; they only doubled their love by adding their birth families into their lives.

Adoption being a part of how our family was formed, this book held special meaning. Good prevails, evil is destroyed, & families are reunited after years apart. I especially loved the characters of the swamp monster & the baby dragon --- they were so sweet! There is so much more I could say about this story, but I'm not sure how to put it down into words, so I'll just recommend that you read this book if you haven't already!

Age recommendation: 8 & up

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 10!

JCLChrisK Dec 21, 2016

"I liked myths. They weren't adult stories and they weren't children's stories. They were better than that. They just were."
― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

This is a magical, mythical tale that gets everything just right. A timeless story of sorrow and hope, loss and love, separation and connection. Regret, repression, remembrance, and redemption. With ever accumulating consequences, onward cycling repercussions.

Involving an orphan child whose magic has been bound, a kindly yet forgetful witch, a wise swamp monster, a perfectly tiny dragon, a madwoman trapped in a tower, an isolated village by a bog, an order of Elders, a secret society of Sisters, flocks of paper birds, a treacherous forest, a lost castle, a brewing volcano, sacrificial babies, and a hidden, prowling tiger, among others both victim and hero.

Told, of course, with rich, enchanting language.

"She turned [the heart] around and around, looking for chinks and crevices. There was a memory here. A beloved person. A loss. A flood of hope. A pit of despair. How many feelings can one heart hold? She looked at her grandmother. At her mother. At the man protecting his family. Infinite, Luna thought. The way the universe is infinite. It is light and dark and endless motion; it is space and time, and space within space, and time within time. And she knew: there is no limit to what the heart can carry."

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JCLChrisK Dec 21, 2016

Not all knowledge comes from the mind. Your body, your heart, your intuition. Sometimes memories even have minds of their own.

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