This year’s Newbery Award winner The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill is a great contemporary fairytale.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
The Protectorate is a town surrounded by sorrow because of the witch they believe will harm them if they do not sacrifice their youngest child each year. This story begins the year Luna is sacrificed. Her mother goes mad from the grief of losing her daughter, the reader finds out that the witch doesn’t understand why the babies are left out in the woods, and that the witch saves these babies and finds them homes. When it comes to Luna, her rescue mission hits a snag when she accidentally feeds Luna some of the moon, Luna gains great amounts of magic. The witch, Xan, takes on the task of raising Luna, alongside her friends the bog monster, Glerk, and a tiny dragon, Fyrian. The four live a happy life, until events in the Protectorate and the blossoming of Luna’s magic all clash and send characters across the land on an action-packed conclusion.
The cover of this novel is beautiful. It just screams magically awesome. While Luna is my least favorite character, because the dark-side seems strong in this one, I love all other characters. The villains super magically evil, the heroes have challenges with miscommunication and working to become better people. I had a great time with this book, it was funny, and a great new fairytale to add to the cannon of those before it.