And curious. I can feel it.”. Xan cannot remember anything from her past and she does not know why. Did you think of that?”. That was just the trouble. The Girl Who Drank the Moon is high fantasy at its finest and belongs on the same shelf with legendary tales like The Once and Future King, The Hobbit, Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising Sequence, and Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain." One relished in her sorrow, and another, old Zosimos, became her guardian. Buy the Book Share Learn Explore the Words Assign Xan pricked up her ears. Here are all 70 puppies competing in Puppy Bowl XVII, The best books to keep you warm this January, Part One of Kelly Barnhill’s magical prequel. . She is a frightening woman who works alongside the Elders to ensure the Protectorate completes their sacrifices. Xan now owed Lady Ignit nothing, and Lady Ignit couldn’t forgive her for it. Algonquin Readers, 2016. “Well,” huffed the magician with the mustache “I say.”. [This story has been updated.] Chapter 6, “In Which Antain Gets Himself Into Trouble” remains with the same narrator but takes place in the Protectorate and five years after Luna meets Xan. To the reader, it’s clear that Fyrian is actually a much larger dragon in this dream or sleep-flying session. She wasn’t following him. Like a wolf. The Girl Who Drank the Moon: ... “I heard nothing,” the dragon said, laying her neck around the girl in a hoop, and offering her cheek as a large, warm surface for the child to lean upon. Are you Feather or Claw?”. No one in the city can thrive because everything in the city is owned by a group of wealthy men referred to as the Council of Elders. The woman does not feel mad, but she is scared that she is. She smiled at the old wizard. This sort of thing isn’t well covered in the literature. They remove the mother from the rafters and they take her baby away from her as they drag the madwoman into a Tower that hovers over the Protectorate. --Nerdy Book Club "The Girl Who Drank the Moon is pure magic . Only herself.” He hoped this was true. She was drowning in a sea of sorrow,” the tall woman said. “I think of everything.” And it was true: he had no idea what would happen. Ennyn explained that he was kind. And a dragon so small it fit in her pocket. “Were you named for a bird, for example? The book won the 2017 Newbery Medal. Volume after volume skittered from shelf to floating stack. And then his entire mustache. Before even Ennyn was born. Or perhaps you, dear lady, are the harm. Xan-thip-pe, Xan-thip-pe, Xan-thip-pe. Thus begins a huge divide between the Protectorate and everywhere else. “Your name is Xanthippe. “I am talking to you, wizard. The Girl Who Drank the Moon. He devises a plan to enter the forest and murder the Witch, which, he believes, will prevent any more sacrifices in town. Or perhaps a tiger. Sister Ignatia is defeated. Try hard, dear. And she’ll have to learn how to use it on her own. Sister Ignatia is angry that the madwoman has figured her out, but she is also upset that a pupil of hers has quit the Sisters of the Star. Though how much rage, the girl did not know. “Well done!” said the man with spyglasses attached to his face. When Fyrian tries to tell himself that he sleep-flew and that his wings are always destructive, it shows that he’s learned from Xan how to make things feel true: all he needs to do is tell himself that it’s true. “It isn’t that we wanted to lie to you, old friend,” Lady Tenyik said after cornering Zosimos in the archive room. It is a sin to harm one.” She turned to the old wizard. Glerk was the first creature born from the Bog and he feels a close connection to his maker. He sat down. 8/16 978-1-61620-567-6 $16.95 Every year, the people of the Protectorate steel themselves for the Day of Sacrifice, when the elders take the city’s youngest baby and leave it in the woods to appease the witch—a witch no one has seen, but whose reputation has become a means to control the populace. Soon, everyone, even Glerk, falls in love with baby Luna. She usually collects a small amount of starlight and feeds the abandoned babies with it on their journey to the Free Cities where they will be adopted. She is under the control and study of the Sisters of the Star, who torture her emotionally and starve her of affection. “That’s where you’re wrong,” Zosimos said, skirting from her grasp and hurrying down the hall. “Do you?”. There will be much sorrowing if you are dead.”. “Now you’re even.” The woman spat in his face. “I claim you, child. The cord that binds me to her is stronger than your paltry magic.”. She knows her daughter is still alive. The spell locks her magic away but it also leaves Luna with memory problems. Much like Xan, Sister Ignatia swallowed her sadness down; but, very much unlike Xan, the Sister has chosen to gather her magic from sorrow whereas Xan gathers her magic from Mother Nature. It was a thing she knew was true, though she couldn’t say why. Xan could not forgive herself for what she had accidentally done to Lady Ignit. She’d had a name once. His joints cracked and creaked as he bent. She finds that the Protectorate is completely different. Antain was a new trainee the year that Luna was taken from her mother. She grew to trust Master Ulf and Magister Lynia and the Estimable Fitz, and seek their knowledge and research and company, though she never was able to warm to any one of them. The magic in her bones and her skin and her blood and hair and eyes all moved in the same rhythm. The story takes place in a world filled with magic, and it shows readers how witches, dragons, swamp monsters, and townspeople can either separate themselves and suffer or work together and thrive. “I heard nothing,” the dragon said, laying her neck around the girl in a hoop, and offering her cheek as a large, warm surface for the child to lean upon. I don’t like that woman, she thought. She climbed out of the protective embrace of the dragon’s wing and onto the ground. Are you Heron or Crow or Wren? However, 500 years ago a furious Witch forced dragons to breathe their fire into the earth, causing a volcano to emerge from the ground. One night she woke to a strange dream. This flashback is told from the first-person perspective of an unnamed narrator who lives in the Protectorate, and the narrator is a mother telling her daughter a story of local folklore and legend. “Don’t you like my flower?” the girl asked. Here, Grand Elder Gherland’s nephew, Antain, is training to be a part of the Council. Before any of these magicians were born. The magicians edged away from Lady Ignit, alarm on their faces. The three main settings in this story are the sad Protectorate, the Free Cities, and the forest. The child belongs to herself.”, “She’d have died if I hadn’t saved her. Back in the present narrative, Luna’s magic is causing much concern. The Protectorate is correct in thinking there is a Witch in the forest but she is a good and kind Witch. The novel opens with Chapter 1, “In Which a Story Is Told,” which is a flashback to an earlier time than when the action of the novel takes place. They are making it up as they go along.”, “Last I checked,” the dragon said mildly, “so are we.” She uncurled her neck to its full extension and lifted her head to the sky. The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a 2016 children's book by Kelly Barnhill. He gave the wizard a narrowed look. It was warned against for a reason. She felt it in her bones. Panic burned her throat. Xan pulled her knees to her chest, listening to the silence between wizard and dragon, silence as big as a mountain, or the ocean, or the sky. There were birds. And Lady Ignit, for her part, could not forgive the girl for being the one to reverse the spell. Her closest friend is a monster who likes poetry. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. Each time she is exposed to any type of magic, Luna zones out and disconnects from the world for a bit. Lady Ignit was waiting for him there. Or bees were the woman. And the flowers enlarged themselves. But the child will be the youngest in the Protectorate on the Day of Sacrifice, so they know their baby will be taken from them. The bees remained in their woman-shape, a mask of terror pressed upon its face. It was created as a safe haven for people fleeing from the eruption and the townspeople were promised eternal protection from the evil Witch that wants to harm them. This is the first time anyone has ever quit and she is very upset about losing a talented and ungrateful student. She’d had a house and a family and parents once. The girl kept one hand on the dragon’s neck and stretched the other toward Zosimos. “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” is Kelly Barnhill’s new novel. They looked at the girl. The Girl Who Drank the Moon is high fantasy at its finest and belongs on the same shelf with legendary tales like The Once and Future King, The Hobbit, Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising Sequence, and Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain.” —Nerdy Book Club “The Girl Who Drank the Moon is pure magic . Not for a long time. Readers know that the madwoman has been living in the Tower since her daughter was taken from her. The bees that were the hands and the shoulders and the mustache of Master Ulf. “Well,” the Estimable Fitz gasped. “What on earth have you done with her, you ridiculous old man,” the Estimable Fitz fumed as he followed the old wizard through the corridors of the oldest library. This year, Xan rescues a baby girl with a crescent moon birthmark on her forehead. Like a heartbeat. It is filled with exciting adventure, high-level vocabulary, deep enchanting characterization, and beautiful literary quality that brings the fairy-tale motif to a new level of enjoyment for children, ages 11-100! Bees, bees. The name of the student is Ethyne. Luna lives in a small cabin in the wilderness with her grandmother, a swamp monster, and a miniature dragon surrounded by hidden magic and secrets. “This is not what we agreed,” said the woman with the third eye. A tulip, large and lurid, grew from the center of her palm. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. Had they always done that? They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. This begins the novel’s strong theme of how stories can manipulate the truth and lead to miscommunication that causes harm. Xan also discovers that Luna’s magic will suck Xan’s magic out of her, eventually taking Xan’s life. “There,” Zosimos had said at the time. The Sister determines that she must enter the forest and kill Antain so that the townspeople remain weak, fearful, and, most importantly, sorrowful. The longer journey also means that the moon waxes and enlarges into a full moon. Luna defeats the Sister by presenting her with nothing but hope, further proving that hope conquers sorrow, and she reveals the Sister’s cold pearl where a heart used to be. This novel is written in the past tense and is narrated largely by a third-person omniscient narrator. This makes Antain very upset. the girl who drank the moon by Kelly Barnhill ‧ RELEASE DATE: Aug. 9, 2016 An elderly witch, a magical girl, a brave carpenter, a wise monster, a tiny dragon, paper birds, and a madwoman converge to thwart a magician who feeds on sorrow. “Very clever!”, “Am I supposed to be impressed with this?” the wizard fumed. The book finishes in the middle of the forest, where most of the major characters have converged for very different reasons. The magicians emerged from the curtain of green. How could he protect her from things that he didn’t understand? Sometimes at night, when Xan’s dreams were particularly heartbreaking, she would wake up convinced that something waited outside her door. Belovedly troublesome. The book tells how Luna, after being raised by a witch, must figure out how to handle the magical powers she was accidentally given. Every once in a while, Zosimos would spy a book that interested him and, with a flick of his left wrist, magick it off of the shelf and onto the growing tower of books that floated and bobbed behind them like an oddly shaped balloon. And then the girl saved the woman, fulfilling the debt. She went to school with Antain and both of them had crushes on one another yet never approached the other in their youth. All those fine movements had given her a crick in her shoulder. “Zosimos. Swifter than the Estimable Fitz would have thought possible, Zosimos turned on his heel, knocked the magician’s spyglass off his face with the heel of one hand, and grabbed him by the throat with the other. Bees, the girl thought. The egg on the bed of moss gave a little shiver and a shake. I’m learning.”, “Very good, child!” the dragon enthused. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge--with dangerous consequences. Readers learn that this is how the Protectorate was established. The bees that were stones. Entertainment Weekly may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. But the woman is no match for the powerful Elders, who call in reinforcement soldiers to handle the situation. Though Zosimos out-aged the Estimable Fitz by several centuries, the young magician had trouble keeping up with the elder wizard. “I don’t know what to do,” she said, clutching the wizard’s long cloak the way she once had clutched her mother’s skirts. “She already belongs to me.”, “The day I take your words as anything resembling the truth, Lady Ignit, is the day I eat my cloak for supper.”. Kelly Barnhill lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children. Reception. Cada año, la gente del Protectorado deja un bebé como ofrenda a la bruja que vive en el bosque. “Of course I thought of that,” Zosimos snapped. 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