The Girl Who Drank the Moon

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon
1st Edition Cover of The Girl Who Drank the Moon
AuthorKelly Barnhill
Audio read byChristina Moore
PublisherAlgonquin Young Readers
Publication date
9 August 2016
AwardsNewbery Medal

The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a 2016 children's book by Kelly Barnhill. The book tells how Luna, after being raised by a witch, must figure out how to handle the magical powers she was accidentally given. She must control her powers before it's too late. The book won the 2017 Newbery Medal.[1]


The book was favorably reviewed. Common Sense Media gave it 5 stars and an A+ for educational value, cited its positive message and role models calling it, "A great choice for middle-grade fantasy lovers."[2] Diana Wagman writing for the New York Times also compliments the book for its ability to impart lessons in an engaging manner, "The young reader who devours it now just for fun will remember its lessons for years to come."[3]

The book won the 2017 Newbery Medal, much to the surprise of Barnhill, who did not think anyone would like it.[1]


  1. ^ a b Barron, Christina (23 January 2017). "'The Girl Who Drank the Moon' wins 2017 Newbery Medal". Washington Post. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  2. ^ Carr, Jann. "The Girl Who Drank the Moon". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  3. ^ Wagman, Diana (7 October 2016). "A Novel's Good Witch Saves a Sacrificial Girl". New York Times. Retrieved 5 April 2018.

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