Barnhill, Kelly The Girl Who Drank the Moon, 388 pgs. Algonquin Young Readers, 2016. $16.95
At the same time every year the people in the village of the Protectorate have to leave a newborn baby in the forest as an offering to a witch that lives in that forest.
Every year, Xan, finds a newborn baby in the same place and she does not understand why someone would leave a baby like that. She pick up the baby and takes to a village that will take good care of the baby. For the trip she feed the baby goats milk and starlight to make the child strong and healthy. One year Xan accidentally feeds the baby she just picked up moonlight. Moonlight holds a powerful magic and Xan realizes she cannot give this baby to someone else to raise. Xan locks the magic deep inside the child, a girl she calls Luna. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday her magic starts to appear, right on schedule. Danger approaches and Xan is far away. Luna will have to decide if she should protect the ones who have protected her even if it means the end of the world as she has always known it.
This is a delightful, new fairytale, sure to delight readers and become a classic. Children as young as 5th grade would like this story.
EL, MS – ADVISABLE Reviewer: Ellen-Anita Librarian