Kelly Barnhill: The Girl Who Drank the Moon

51ICvYs0hLLThe Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Barnhill
(YA fantasy)

Don’t let the “Children’s Award” stuff put you off this book. This book can be read by children, sure. They will quite probably like it. (Especially if they have also always wanted to have a Perfectly Tiny Dragon as a friend.) But this is also for adults. Anyone who is open to a magical story could love this one.

It is told from a few different points of view. There’s mostly the witch, the (titular) girl, a man from the village, and a few parts that are told as a story without the storyteller being explicitly defined (usually) (kinda). There are a few other POVs as well. And yet, it doesn’t get confusing. Each one is connected and yet separate. The storytelling in this way works really well.

I love this book. It’s told well, would appeal to (IMO) all ages, and is well deserving of its Newbery Award. There’s something about this book that’s hard to put into words. It’s magic. Yes, it has a well-formed plot and characters you can relate to. It has a great background without slapping you in the face with an info dump. It has good guys and bad guys and sometimes they are the same people. It is a very well-crafted book, and quite likely my favorite book I’ve read all year.

But none of that can capture the sheer magic that is this story

Rating: 5 Stars


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