Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

This book has been getting a lot of buzz and it is easy to see why.  What a gorgeous book and well put together.

Life on the 2 sides of the bog couldn't be more different.  On one side, in the Protectorate the people live in fear of a witch who demands that a child be sacrificed to her every year.  The sorrow is palpable.  On the other side the people are free, live in joy, and look forward to the yearly star children that are delivered.

There are always two sides to every story.  This story revolves around two witches - a witch who saves children and a witch that people don't realize is a witch.  And of course, the girl who drank the moon.  One of the child sacrifices - whose mother was devastated and whose sacrifice changed the life of a young man.  She herself was enmagiced but then made to forget for awhile.

The way the book comes together at the end is fabulous.  My one concern is the length - my school only goes to 5th grade and a 400 page book can be daunting.  I felt the book lagged a bit at the beginning but really picked up at the end.

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