Each year the Protectorate leaves a baby as an offering to the witch in the wood. All kinds of rumors surround the reason for the offering, but none of them are true. The witch, Xan, lovingly takes the discarded babies and delivers them to families in other villages who want children of their own. But one year Xan mistakenly feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the baby with magic. To prevent catastrophe, Xan determines to raise the child Luna by herself, but eventually Luna’s magic starts leaking out with disastrous consequences.
Luna’s journey and self-discovery teach powerful lessons about curiosity, communication, and love. Barnhill’s characters are beautifully developed and their intertwined stories are artfully told. The Girl Who Drank The Moon is a magical tale, perfect for everyone who understands the struggle it takes to find ourselves.
Recommended ages--9 and up