As always, Algonquin Young Readers gives us quality writing to keep the more youthful crowd enamored and invested in reading.
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Buzz for Kelly Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Algonquin Young Readers, pub day Aug. 9) is still growing: Entertainment Weekly featured Kelly’s spellbinding prequel to this book; it’s received four starred prepub reviews; and it’s a top 10 Indie Next Pick nationwide.
About The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch in the forest to keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch, Xan, is kind and gentle. She rescues the abandoned children and deliver 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. To keep the enmagicked girl, Luna, safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan raises the girl as her own, locking the magic deep inside her until her thirteenth birthday. But when the magic begins to emerge on schedule and Luna’s powers grow stronger, Xan’s own magic begins to fade. Meanwhile, a young father from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch; but it’s Luna, not Xan, whose magic he detects. Soon it is up to Luna to defend herself and those she loves against growing dangers: an assassin, a madwoman, and an erupting volcano that threatens the entire realm.
About Kelly Barnhill
Kelly Barnhill lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children. Both her most recent novel, The Witch's Boy, and her first, The Mostly True Story of Jack, received four-star reviews. Her second, Iron Hearted Violet, received a Parents' Choice Gold Award and was an André Norton Award finalist.