about the book
Once a year, the Protectorate leaves the youngest baby among them in the forest as a sacrifice to the witch. They don’t know why she wants children, let alone why she insists on the very youngest. They just obey because they want her to leave them alone.
Xan, the witch living in the Forest, is actually really kind and has no idea why every year a mother from the Protectorate abandons her baby in a circle of sycamores. But she doesn’t judge. Instead, Xan rescues the children and brings them to loving families on the other side of the forest, feeding them with starlight along the way.
When the witch accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, she decides to raise the girl herself. The moonlight filled the ordinary girl—Luna—with extraordinary magic and there will be dangerous consequences.
about the author
Now a writer of books (the only thing for which her many disparate previous jobs have prepared her), Kelly Barnhill used to be a teacher, a bartender, waitress, activist, park ranger, wildland firefighter, secretary, janitor, and guitar player at her church. Not all at once, obviously.
Kelly has been quite happily telling stories for a long time now. Apart from some of her young adult novels, she has also written short stories more for grownups, some literary, some speculative, and some something else, classified as “Otherwise.” In addition, she likes writing creative essays and poetry, and has been known to write short, strange, nonfiction books for elementary students.
Her book The Girl Who Drank the Moon won the 2017 Newbery Award! The call woke her up at 5:15am to the theme song from Wonder Woman. Kelly thought she had zero chance at winning, so she’s pretty thrilled.
Kelly and her husband Ted—an architect who designs sustainable and beautiful homes, including the one they live in—have three children, and one very old dog. They live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kelly still teaches sometimes, but she also works with the Cub Scouts, goes for runs, canoes, camps, gardens, hikes, and bakes pie.
Also by Kelly Barnhill:
The Witch’s Boy. Algonquin Young Readers. 2014
Iron Hearted Violet. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2012.
The Mostly True Story of Jack. Little, Brown and Company. 2011.
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