CATEGORY: Children

PAGES: 368

TRIM SIZE: 5.5 X 8.25

ISBN: 978-1-61620-567-6

LIST PRICE: $16.95


CATEGORY: Children

PAGES: 368

ISBN: 978-1-61620-567-9

LIST PRICE: $16.95


Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal

The #1 New York Times Bestseller

An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her.

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 kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan 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. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule–but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.

The acclaimed author of The Witch’s Boy has created another epic coming-of-age fairy tale destined to become a modern classic.

A Top Ten Fall 16 Kids’ Indie Next Pick!

An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of 2016

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016

A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016

Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016

2017 Booklist Youth Editors’ Choice

A New York Public Library Best Book of 2016

A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016

An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016


"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 Book Review

"The swiftly paced, highly imaginative plot draws a myriad of threads together to form a web of characters, magic, and integrated lives . . . expertly woven and enchanting."
- School Library Journal, starred review

"Rich with multiple plot lines that culminate in a suspenseful climax, characters of inspiring integrity (as well as characters without any), 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, starred review

Meet the Author


Kelly Barnhill lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children. She is the author of four novels, most recently The Girl Who Drank the Moon, winner of the Newbery Medal. The Witch’s Boy received four starred reviews and was a finalist for the Min­nesota Book Awards. Kelly Barnhill has been awarded writing fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the McKnight Foundation. Visit her online at kellybarnhill.wordpress.com or on Twitter: @kellybarnhill.

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