The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal
The People of the Protectorate live a secure life, but they pay a price. Every year the youngest baby must be left in the woods, where people believe an evil witch kills the child. In reality Xan, a kind witch, finds and takes the babies to be adopted in another village. One year she takes the child and mistakenly feeds her moonlight instead of starlight. Xan raises the child, Luna, with no knowledge of the magic she will possess. Barnhill weaves together the lives of many characters including a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, a wise swamp monster, a madwoman, deadly birds, a shy yet brave young man and a woman with a tiger’s heart. We find out how Xan and Luna are connected with these others in this magical story of misused power, family and love. This fantasy novel is recommended for readers in Grades 4 and up.