The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Kelly Barnhill

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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.

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adventurous 75%
hopeful 72%
emotional 52%
inspiring 36%
lighthearted 36%
mysterious 27%
reflective 22%
funny 19%
sad 16%
dark 13%
relaxing 13%
challenging 5%
informative 5%
tense 5%


medium 63%
slow 25%
fast 11%

Strong character development?

Yes: 87% | No: 9% | It's complicated: 3%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 91% | No: 5% | N/A: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

It's complicated: 40% | Yes: 31% | No: 21% | N/A: 6%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

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