Kelly Barnhill-The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Kelly Barnhill

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Kelly Barnhill lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children. She is the author of four novels, most recently The Girl Who Drank the Moon, winner of the 2017 John Newbery Medal. She is also the winner of the World Fantasy Award and has been a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, a Nebula Award, and the PEN/USA literary prize. Visit her online at kellybarnhill.com or on Twitter: @kellybarnhill.

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And Though She Be But Little She Is Fierce

In both the Jumbies series by Tracey Baptiste and Newbery award winning The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, young girls realize their power in a magical world fraught with danger and where nothing is as it seems.

Moderator: Nicki Salcedo

Nicki Salcedo is a journalist, novelist, and essayist. The title piece for her latest collection, In My Father’s Shoes, is based on the bittersweet experience she had wearing her father’s shoes after he died. She’s a graduate of Stanford University and her work has appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Good Housekeeping, Decaturish, and AtlantaLoop. Nicki lives in Decatur with her husband and four kids.

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon

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. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the 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. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge—with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . .

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