When a baby is sacrificed by frightened villagers to a witch, they would have never predicted that the infant would grow up to be a witch herself. As she reaches the age of thirteen, her magic was bubbling to the surface. Soon she would learn the truth behind the evil threatening the land.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon is an exciting, high fantasy that will delight young readers. Discover the magical world of a girl learning to realize her magic.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Author: Kelly Barnhill

Age Range: 10 – 14

Grade Level: 5 – 9

Paperback: 400 pages

Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook


In a small village nestled between a bog and a treacherous forest, life was hard. It was especially dangerous under the looming threat of a witch. Each year, the village had to sacrifice the youngest child to the witch. The city elders would gather together and seize the newest baby and leave it outside of the village for the witch to take and leave them alone. Luna was that unfortunate baby.

But there had been a terrible misunderstanding. The witch was not evil. She had no idea why the villagers would abandon a beautiful newborn outside of their village each year. Since she couldn’t let an innocent baby die alone in the wilderness, she made the dangerous journey to collect the baby each year. She would then travel through the perilous forest to a far off, free city to give them to loving families to raise.

The trek across the hazardous lands was long. Each year the witch would run out of food. So she would reach up and collect the magic from the stars to feed the children. But Luna was a hungry baby. And the witch was so tired that year that she accidently feed her the magic from the moon. This transformed Luna into a witch herself.

A child witch is a dangerous thing. They have so much magic and power at their fingertips, but no self-control or understanding of the world. So the witch cast a protection spell on Luna, bottling up all of her magic until she was thirteen years old. As Luna grew and started to reach her thirteenth birthday, the magic inside her waiting to get out started to bubble up. Soon she discovered that she was a witch. That led to an unraveling of secrets that would change the village forever.

This is a fantastic read filled with magic, dragons, family, love, and an evil witch bent on causing misery to the world. I especially loved the wide collection of different characters, each with their own point of view and knowledge. It was thrilling to see them meet at the end and the whole story came together.

I highly recommend this wonderful fantasy. Young Readers who can handle a little bit longer book will adore it.