A fairy tale for young and old!
Once upon a time, there were a swamp and a forest and many villages and a volcano. The villagers of one village, called the Protectorate, never entered the forest for two reasons: Firstly, the forest was dangerous with its volcano beneath the ground. Secondly, they believed a gruesome witch, who demands their youngest child ever... Once upon a time, there were a swamp and a forest and many villages and a volcano. The villagers of one village, called the Protectorate, never entered the forest for two reasons: Firstly, the forest was dangerous with its volcano beneath the ground. Secondly, they believed a gruesome witch, who demands their youngest child every year, to live in it. But when Antain's child was the one to be sacrificed, he wanted to put an end to this horror and kill the witch. Xan, an old witch living in the forest with her perfectly tiny dragon and her swamp monster, did not know why the people in the Protectorate left one of their babies in the forest to die every year, but she had saved all of them and fed the babies starlight. Until one day she accidentally fed one of them moonlight! Afraid of the powers that now might slumber in this child's veins, she decided to raise it herself and called it Luna. Luna was a very bright and happy child, but she somehow was drawn to a little village in the forest, where she expected to find a woman with the same birthmark she has ... When these two stories melt together, it is revealed that there is more than one witch living in the forest and that one of them is indeed evil! I have to admit I did not expect too much of the book, when starting to read it. I was just expecting a cute and quick read. But I was positively surprised! Not only could I not stop reading, but I also really appreciated the book's message to not just believe everything you are told! All together it just felt like a beautiful fairy tale! I really enjoyed it and I would definately recommend it to everyone - young and old!
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Winner of the Newbery Medal
THE NO 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER
'This beautifully written, darkly funny coming-of-age story will enchant and entertain' Daily Mail
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 in fact a good witch who shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers 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 girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna's thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge - with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth's surface. And the woman with the Tiger's heart is on the prowl . . .
The Newbery Medal winner from the author of the highly acclaimed novel The Witch's Boy.