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The Girl Who Drank the Moon Paperback – 24 August 2017
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Impossible to put down . . . The Girl Who Drank the Moon is as exciting and layered as classics like Peter Pan or The Wizard of Oz ― The New York Times
A gorgeously written fantasy about a girl who becomes "enmagicked" after the witch who saves her from death feeds her moonlight. ― People
[Barnhill's] next middle grade sensation...With compelling, beautiful prose, Kelly Barnhill spins the enchanting tale of a kindly witch who accidentally gives a normal baby magic powers, then decides to raise her as her own. ― EW.com
Guaranteed to enchant, enthrall, and enmagick . . . Replete with traditional motifs, this nontraditional fairy tale boasts sinister and endearing characters, magical elements, strong storytelling, and unleashed forces. ― Kirkus
Rich with multiple plotlines that culminate in a suspenseful climax, characters of inspiring integrity, 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. ― Booklist
An expertly woven and enchanting offering. ― School Library Journal
Barnhill crafts another captivating fantasy, this time in the vein of Into the Woods . . . Barnhill delivers an escalating plot filled with foreshadowing, well-developed characters, and a fully realized setting, all highlighting her lyrical storytelling. ― Publishers Weekly
Barnhill writes with gentle elegance, conveying a deeply emotional and heartrending tale with accessible, fluid prose. Characters are skillfully developed: the heroes are flawed, the villains are humanized, and they are forgiven for sins they may or may have not intended. The swamp monster and dragon provide plenty of moments of humor to leaven the pathos, while the setting is infused with fairy tale elements, both magical and menacing, and given a tragic history. Fans of Barnhill's The Witch's Boy and Iron Hearted Violet will find similar intersections of love, loss, and identity here. ― Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
The Girl Who Drank the Moon takes a probing look at social complexity and the high cost of secrets and lies, weaving multiple perspectives, past and present, into one cleverly unfolding fairy tale. Barnhill crafts wonderfully imperfect characters with poetic prose, warmth and wit. The resiliency of the heroes may be partly because of magic, but also because of critical thinking, empathy, deep love and the strength of family in all its unconventional manifestations. Thoughtful and utterly spellbinding. ― Shelf Awareness for Readers
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- Item Weight : 303 g
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1848126476
- ISBN-13 : 978-1848126473
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Publisher : Piccadilly Press (24 August 2017)
- Reading level : 9 - 12 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hello my book witches!
To forget about reality for a while, I bring you The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. This is a light middle-grade fantasy with witches, magic, tiny dragons and swamp monsters. I absolutely leafed through the pages like a hungry reader thirsting for more. It's a simple and enchanting fairytale that kept me quietly chuckling to myself, while I was lost under waves of various emotions.
A small Protectorate town sits nestled near a volcanic peak, encircled by dense dark forests. The townsfolk believes a Witch lives in the forest who'll harm them all, if a baby isn't sacrificed each year. So they leave the youngest child of the Protectorate, in the forest, as an offering to the Witch. But the witch, Xan, doesn't understand why these people abandoned one of their own in the forest each year. So she took care of them, travelled far to place them in the arms of another loving family who wanted them. But one time, the kind witch fed a child moonlight, instead of starlight. And the child grew up enmagicked, as her granddaughter, Luna. I loved the tiny dragon Fyrian, and the swamp monster Glerk who lived with Xan and Luna. Luna being an enmagicked child, couldn't understand her powers and Xan had to lock away the magic inside of Luna by binding it to her own. Luna's magic will return when she turns thirteen. This also meant Xan will die when Luna's magic comes back.
There's multiple point of views in the narration and that added to the story immensely, making it very compelling for a fantasy read. And the writing was so flowing and almost poetic that I couldn't help but fall in love with this book.
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The plot was gripping and this book maintained the perfect spooky vibe with a whimsical touch till the last page.
The full blurb on the back of the book or goodreads tells you half of what happens in the book, but never in a single page i felt like this book was dragging. It managed to stay warm and cosy and touched some dark topics like sorrow, grief and mental health which was brilliant.
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So the story centres around a witch who every year saves a baby who's left out to die, she feeds them starlight and brings them to new family's at the other side of the forest. One of the baby's she accidentally feeds moonlight to which makes her magic so she has to raise her. What the witch doesn't know is that these baby's were taken from loving parents to be sacrificed.
So the story has a constantly sad undertone of loss. Though we follow Luna as she grows and the heartwarming scenes with her adoptive family, we're also jump back to the town and the awful that's happening there. This leads to many heart breaking revelations but there is always some joy or hope constantly in the story, mostly from Luna as she can be quite the trouble maker.
This book can get quite repetitive in the middle but I didn't mind it as for me it added to the story but it won't be for everyone. By the end of this book I had tears running down my face and a love for many of the characters.
As fantasy books go, this was very original. The Star Children, Glerk, Xan, the Protectorate, even the dragons were completely and truly the first of their kind. This is actually quite an unusual feat for a childrens fantasy novel!
The plot was beautiful. It was moving, steady, intriguing, magical and easy to follow (without getting bored!) all in one. I was happy and sad and excited and (strangely) light hearted (This is strange because of the dark theme of the book) mingled together the whole way through. It was a beautiful, memorable read which I will definitely reccomend to my friends.
I found the different viewpoints a great way of keeping each chapter… fresh (is that the right word?). I particurlarly enjoyed the madwoman/Adarra chapters. I found her such an interesting and different character. I also liked Fyrian.
However, my 4 star review comes from this single downside- its quite sweet. Sort of like honey. I found myself cringing in places, it was so lovely and sweet. Love+sweetness+me do not mix. This was the only bad point during the whole story, so dont let it stop you!
It was a magical, entrancing read and I would totally reccomend it for 9-12 year olds.
I was drawn out and protracted in places, yet somehow it managed to maintain my attention. The final quarter is the best written section, that is when all the long strands begin to pull together.
I think this book is one to consider - the right person may well be blown away by it - but that person just wasn’t me.
3/5 stars for a creative and imaginative yarn that travels and loops around itself, but does contain moments of emotion and beauty.
A wonderfully beautiful book! I was close to tears a couple of times, especially at the end.
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