*A Novel by Kelly Barnhill
Magic can be a powerful thing. In The Girl Who Drank the Moon, magic was everything. It was the reason the sun shined, why birds sang and how the animals went on the prowl. It also ruled a nearby village in this novel, so much they offered one of their babes each year to a witch who... kept them? Enslaved them? Ate them?
The Girl Who Drank the Moon is one of those tales that sorta leaves you baffled but you can't walk away, due needing to know how it all ends. It's a living fairy tale and you can't simply leave it. The magic in you can't bare it.
It's a story about a town that reminds you of the characters in The Village- you see that M. Night Shyamalan movie? It's great. Anyway, this town has survived on tradition- a child must go to the witch in order to be protected. There's a lottery and one is chosen. The parents are supposed to surrender their child and the witch is appeased. But is there really a true tradition without some sort of lie behind it in these sorts of happenings? Where's the witch? Has anywone seen her? Is she as evil enough to only protect by eating babies? You learn early on that this is not true but what is happening and where do the babies go?
Let me tell you why I enjoyed this story- it's deeper than tradition of the insane. It's deeper than actual magic. It's all about love. It's a story that makes your heart swell but also saddens because with every good thing, there is a bad one. No good deed goes unpunished and sometimes the good people can be bad. That's just life.
The story weaves several threads makes you wonder why and how so much could have been avoided. It's shows that you can be strong and speak out- even when you feel it's too late. I think I'll read more by Kelly Barnhill. This is a great book. Grab yourself a copy of the The Girl Who Drank the Moon while I move on to the next read.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Written by Kelly Barnhill
Published by Algonquin Young Readers
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