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About Kelly Barnhill
Kelly Barnhill is an author, teacher and mom. She wrote THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON, THE WITCH'S BOY, IRON HEARTED VIOLET, THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF JACK and many, many short stories. She won the World Fantasy Award for her novella, THE UNLICENSED MAGICIAN, a Parents Choice Gold Award for IRON HEARTED VIOLET, the Charlotte Huck Honor for THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON, and has been a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, the Andre Norton award and the PEN/USA literary prize. She was also a McKnight Artist's Fellowship recipient in Children's Literature. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her three brilliant children, architect husband, and emotionally-unstable dog. She is a fast runner, a good hiker, and a terrible gardener. You can visit and chat at her blog: www.kellybarnhill.com
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'This beautifully written, darkly funny coming-of-age story will enchant and entertain' Daily Mail
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 in fact a good witch who 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.
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Stone-in-the-Glen, once a lovely town, has fallen on hard times. Fires, floods, and other calamities have caused the townsfolk to lose their library, their school, their park, and all sense of what it means to be generous, and kind. The people put their faith in the Mayor, a dazzling fellow who promises he alone can help. After all, he is a famous dragon slayer. (At least, no one has seen a dragon in his presence.) Only the clever orphans of the Orphan House and the kindly Ogress at the edge of town can see how dire the town's problems are.
When one of the orphans goes missing from the Orphan House, all eyes turn to the Ogress. The orphans, though, know this can't be: the Ogress, along with a flock of excellent crows, secretly delivers gifts to the people of Stone-in-the-Glen. But how can the orphans tell the story of the Ogress's goodness to people who refuse to listen? And how can they make their deluded neighbours see the real villain in their midst? The orphans have heard a whisper that they will 'save the day', but just how, they will have to find out ...
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When Ned and his identical twin brother tumble from their raft into a raging river, only Ned survives. Villagers are convinced the wrong boy lived. But when a Bandit King comes to steal the magic Ned's mother, a witch, is meant to protect, it's Ned who safeguards the magic and summons the strength to protect his family and community. Meanwhile, across the enchanted forest that borders Ned's village lives Aine, the resourceful and pragmatic daughter of the Bandit King, who is haunted by her mother's last words to her: 'The wrong boy will save your life, and you will save his.' When Aine's and Ned's paths cross, can they trust each other long enough to stop the war that's about to boil over between their two kingdoms?
'The Witch's Boy should open young readers' eyes to something that is all around them in the very world we live in: the magic of words.' --The New York Times
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Be afraid, be very afraid of Terrifying Tales, the sixth volume in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading.
Eleven masters of suspense—Kelly Barnhill, Michael Buckley, Adam Gidwitz, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown, Claire Legrand, Nikki Loftin, Daniel José Older, Dav Pilkey, R.L. Stine, and Rita Williams-Garcia—have come together to bring you a bone-chilling collection of original ghost stories with illustrations by Gris Grimly, perfect for sharing around the campfire, reading under the covers with a flashlight, and scaring your friends’ pants off.
Compiled and edited by kid-lit madman Jon Scieszka, Guys Read: Terrifying Tales is a creepy-fun read (if you’re brave enough, that is).
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In a world where girls and women are taught to be quiet, the dragons inside them are about to be set free ...
In this timely and timeless speculative novel, set in 1950s America, Kelly Barnhill exposes a world that wants to keep girls and women small - and examines what happens when they rise up.
Alex Green is four years old when she first sees a dragon. In her next-door neighbour's garden, in the spot where the old lady usually sits, is a huge dragon, an astonished expression on its face before it opens its wings and soars away across the rooftops.
And Alex doesn't see the little old lady after that. No one mentions her. It's as if she's never existed.
Then Alex's mother disappears, and reappears a week later, one quiet Tuesday, with no explanation whatsoever as to where she has been. But she is a ghostly shadow of her former self, and with scars across her body - wide, deep burns, as though she had been attacked by a monster who breathed fire.
Alex, growing from young girl to fiercely independent teenager, is desperate for answers, but doesn't get any.
Whether anyone likes it or not, the Mass Dragoning is coming. And nothing will be the same after that. Everything is about to change, forever.
And when it does, this, too, will be unmentionable...
Award-winning author Kelly Barnhill brings her singular talents to The Crane Husband, a raw, powerful story of love, sacrifice, and family.
“If I had to nominate a worthy successor to Angela Carter, I would nominate Kelly Barnhill. "—Laura Ruby
A Most Anticipated in 2023 Pick for BuzzFeed | The Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Mothers fly away like migrating birds. This is why farmers have daughters.”
A fifteen-year-old teenager is the backbone of her small Midwestern family, budgeting the household finances and raising her younger brother while her mom, a talented artist, weaves beautiful tapestries. For six years, it’s been just the three of them—her mom has brought home guests at times, but none have ever stayed.
Yet when her mom brings home a six-foot tall crane with a menacing air, the girl is powerless to prevent her mom letting the intruder into her heart, and her children’s lives. Utterly enchanted and numb to his sharp edges, her mom abandons the world around her to weave the masterpiece the crane demands.
In this stunning contemporary retelling of “The Crane Wife” by the Newbery Medal-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon, one fiercely pragmatic teen forced to grow up faster than was fair will do whatever it takes to protect her family—and change the story.
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Ein spannendes Abenteuer über die Macht von Geschichten, die Sehnsucht nach einfachen Antworten – und die heilsame Botschaft, dass am Ende trotzdem das Gute triumphiert.
Nach »Das Mädchen, das den Mond trank« ein weiteres brillantes Werk von Kelly Barnhill
Considerado o Livro do Ano de 2017 pelo Washington Post. Para leitores de fantasia, O filho da feiticeira traz a típica jornada do herói. Na pequena aldeia onde vive, Ned já se acostumou com seu apelido: o garoto errado. Nem mesmo seu irmãogêmeo, Tam, mais habilidoso e querido, e a estrela da aldeia, foi capaz de mudar isso. Quando decidem construir uma balsa para encontrar o mar, o plano sai pela culatra e Ned se torna mais que o garoto errado: se torna o único. Agora, ele é visto como um pária. No entanto, em uma reviravolta, ele se transforma no único capaz de impedir que a magia caia nas mãos do ambicioso Rei dos Bandidos. E, para isso, arruma uma insuspeita aliada: Áine, a filha do ladrão. Eles terão de aprender a confiar um no outro se quiserem impedir uma guerra entre dois reinos há muito separados.
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Aber Mondlicht: Das ist eine ganz andere Geschichte. Mondlicht ist pure Magie.
Das weiß jeder.
Diese Geschichte erzählt von einer Hexe, von der alle glauben, sie sei böse, einem kleinen Mädchen, das die Hexe bezaubert, einem Sumpfmonster, das Gedichte liebt, von einem wahrhaft winzigen Drachen und einem jungen Mann, der sich aufmacht, die Hexe zu töten.
Jedes Jahr lassen die Bürger des Protektorats ihr jüngstes Kind im Wald zurück – als Opfergabe zum Schutz vor der bösen Hexe. Jedes Jahr rettet die Hexe die ausgesetzten Kinder, denn sie ist überhaupt nicht böse. Dieses Jahr jedoch ist alles anders: Die Hexe gibt dem ausgesetzten kleinen Mädchen aus Versehen Mondlicht zu trinken. Und Mondlicht ist pure Magie! Und so wächst in dem Mädchen große Macht heran … Wird Luna diese Macht für das Gute einsetzen und die Stadt, die sie einst opferte, von ihrem grausamen Schicksal befreien?
When Mrs. Sorensen’s husband dies, she rekindles a long-dormant love with an unsuitable mate in “Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch.” In “Open the Door and the Light Pours Through,” a young man wrestles with grief and his sexuality in an exchange of letters with his faraway beloved. “Dreadful Young Ladies” demonstrates the strength and power—known and unknown—of the imagination. In “Notes on the Untimely Death of Ronia Drake,” a witch is haunted by the deadly repercussions of a spell. “The Insect and the Astronomer” upends expectations about good and bad, knowledge and ignorance, love and longing. The World Fantasy Award–winning novella “The Unlicensed Magician” introduces the secret magical life of an invisible girl once left for dead—with thematic echoes of Barnhill’s Newbery Medal–winning novel, The Girl Who Drank the Moon.
With bold, reality-bending invention underscored by richly illuminated universal themes of love, death, jealousy, and hope, the stories in Dreadful Young Ladies show why its author has been hailed as “a fantasist on the order of Neil Gaiman” (Minneapolis Star Tribune). This collection cements Barnhill’s place as one of the wittiest, most vital and compelling voices in contemporary literature.
Uma fábula sobre aceitação, amor, amadurecimento e o poder da memória. Da autora de O filho da feiticeira, considerado o Livro do Ano pelo Washington Post. Todo ano o povo do Protetorado deixa um bebê como oferenda para a bruxa que vive na floresta, na esperança de que o sacrifício a impeça de aterrorizar sua pequena cidade. Mas Xan, a bruxa da floresta, ao contrário do que eles acreditam, é bondosa. Ela vive em paz com um monstro do pântano muito inteligente e um dragão perfeitamente minúsculo. Todo ano ela resgata o bebê deixado pelos anciãos e o leva em segurança para uma família adotiva em uma das cidades do outro lado da floresta. Durante a longa viagem, quando a comida acaba, Xan alimenta os bebês com luz estelar. Em uma dessas ocasiões, ela acidentalmente oferece a uma menina a luz do luar, dotando-a de uma magia extraordinária. A bruxa então decide criá-la, e a chama de Luna. Conforme o aniversário de 13 anos da menina se aproxima, sua magia começa a aflorar – e pode colocar em perigo ela mesma e todos à sua volta.
Sisters of the Revolution gathers a highly curated selection of feminist speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, and more) chosen by one of the most respected editorial teams in speculative literature today, the award-winning Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. Including stories from the 1970s to the present day, the collection seeks to expand the conversation about feminism while engaging the reader in a wealth of imaginative ideas.
From the literary heft of Angela Carter to the searing power of Octavia Butler, Sisters of the Revolution gathers daring examples of speculative fiction’s engagement with feminism. Dark, satirical stories such as Eileen Gunn’s “Stable Strategies for Middle Management” and the disturbing horror of James Tiptree Jr.’s “The Screwfly Solution” reveal the charged intensity at work in the field. Including new, emerging voices like Nnedi Okorafor and featuring international contributions from Angelica Gorodischer and many more, Sisters of the Revolution seeks to expand the ideas of both contemporary fiction and feminism to new fronts. Moving from the fantastic to the futuristic, the subtle to the surreal, these stories will provoke thoughts and emotions about feminism like no other book available today.
Contributors include: Angela Carter, Angelica Gorodischer, Anne Richter, Carol Emshwiller, Catherynne M. Valente, Eileen Gunn, Eleanor Arnason, Elizabeth Vonarburg, Hiromi Goto, James Tiptree Jr., Joanna Russ, Karin Tidbeck, Kelley Eskridge, Kelly Barnhill, Kit Reed, L. Timmel Duchamp, Leena Krohn, Leonora Carrington, Nalo Hopkinson, Nnedi Okorafor, Octavia Butler, Pamela Sargent, Pat Murphy, Rachel Swirsky, Rose Lemberg, Susan Palwick, Tanith Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Vandana Singh.