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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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5 out of 5 stars
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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5 out of 5 stars
By Mandela B Doescher on 01-28-17

So glad this one won the Newberry!

I began the book as a hardcover, but became too busy to finish it. I thank the stars and the moon that I ended up finishing it on audio. The narrator was AMAZING! A tale to be shared with your children or alone in your car. The wonder, imaginative folktale, and surprise culmination of the several storylines will leave you bewitched!

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5 out of 5 stars
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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