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Publisher's Summary

A young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon must unlock the dangerous magic buried deep inside her in this epic coming-of-age fairy tale from the highly acclaimed author of The Witch's Boy.
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 kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned 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. When Luna approaches her 13th birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule - but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her - even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she's always known.
The acclaimed author of The Witch's Boy has created another epic coming-of-age fairy tale destined to become a modern classic.
©2016 Kelly Barnhill (P)2016 Recorded Books
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By Gunnyvil on 12-18-16

Extraordinary Listening Experience

Who was your favorite character and why?

Fyrian, the tiny dragon, because the narrator does such a fine job of creating his voice. But all of the characters are wonderful.

What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

She excells at capturing the different characters. I particularly enjoyed her hilarious portrayal of Fyrian, the dragon small enough to fit into Luna's pocket.

Any additional comments?

I am 75 years old and a retired college English professor. This book is intended for middle school readers, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. The narration is first rate and the story is filled with mythic themes.

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By Lea on 04-05-17

Had Potential

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

At first, I was charmed. I admire the world, the premise, and the backstories behind these characters. However, only a few chapters in I came to realize that's all it was: backstory. Very little actually happens in the book itself, and the overall arc is more of a slight walk uphill. I never once felt excited. There was so much potential in the world-building itself, that I listened to the full thing in hopes of a worthwhile climax, but I should have trusted my instinct. The execution was fundamentally flawed. I ultimately left the book feeling disappointed.

What was most disappointing about Kelly Barnhill’s story?

There were no mysteries, no questions, no puzzles I wanted solved by the end of the story. All information was given up front in a chronological sequence of events. I knew things as they happened and wondered nothing.
In a better construction, we should have unfolded all these things in Luna's shoes, in flashbacks or discoveries she made, establishing her as a solid lead. This is not the case. Though I feel Luna was intended to be the main character, she doesn't even lead the plot until the tail end. It felt scattered. Everyone was a main character, and therefore no one was.
There was little conflict. I would have loved to jump ahead through 3/4 of the book to the point that Luna comes of age, and find this information alongside her. Sadly, it is like reading a biography in a fantasy setting. It's only slightly less boring than daily life.
The dialogue was unnatural and a little melodramatic. I can't imagine anyone speaking like the people in this book, and they all spoke the same. And while I appreciate Barnhill's flowery prose, it was at times laborious, and often interfered with the impact of certain events.

What does Christina Moore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The most adorable tiny dragon voice that could possibly be imagined.
Other than that, I felt her performance helped to alleviate some of the unnatural dialogue and add personality that might not have been there otherwise.

Do you think The Girl Who Drank the Moon needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

A follow-up might be more exciting, considering this book read like a precursor to a more eventful story.

Any additional comments?

Overall, the story was very shallow, in terms of characters, arc, and dialogue. Its potential was there, but the execution left it unfortunately dull. I would like to see this story revisited, as more of a journey of self-discovery alongside Luna and the tiny dragon, Fyrian. I would like to see it start with Xan's first encounters with Luna, then jump ahead to Luna at 13 years, trying to piece together the mysteries without Xan around to enlighten her. She could have gone on a journey looking for her grandmother, and we could tag along wondering why there's a woman in a tower, why children are left at the edge of the woods every year, why Luna draws the pictures she does, and most importantly why she is only now discovering magic. I see so much that could have been, and that's why I feel so disappointed.

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By Meera on 02-10-18

Wonderful and Hugely entertaining

What made the experience of listening to The Girl Who Drank the Moon the most enjoyable?

"She is here!" "She is here" This is the main comment of the book that stuck in my head throughout. I fell in love with this book from the outset. Yes OK i have a problem when reading often when I have worked out the twist in the book long before it is revealed I become bored. However that fatigue did not come. I was hooked kept on the edge of my seat, having to tear myself away from the book in order to get to work on time.

This is one of the few books I recommended to a friend before I had even finished it. A well written book with a lovely theme that continues throughout. You see so many sides of the story from many people throughout the book and sometimes you don't even know who is telling this bit of the story. It is wonderful and a very worthwhile read

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes most definately and wish I could have.

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