Book #46: The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Snagged this children’s novel for a buck. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill is a Newberry-award-winning fantasy novel. Every year in the Protectorate the Elders choose an infant to be left to the witch in the woods as a sacrifice to keep them safe. Every year Xan, the witch that lives in the woods, rescues an abandoned baby from outside the Protectorate. She carries the infant through the treacherous woods, feeding it with starlight along the way, and gives them to a family in the towns on the other side. One baby though, Xan is particularly taken with and accidentally feeds her moonlight. She decides to raise the baby, naming her Luna, as her granddaughter. But all that moonlight left Luna full to the brim with magic and Xan has to somehow teach her to control it. This was a delightful, creative story and another easy read to get through long nights.

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