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Barnhill, Kelly. 
New York : Algonquin Young Readers, 2016
IL 5-8, RL 5.0

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

In the land of the Protectorate it is an annual tradition to hold the Day of Sacrifice, leaving a baby as an offering for the witch who lives in the forest. When the witch of the forest, Xan, accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling her with strong magic, she decides to raise the baby as her own.(Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books 2017-2018)

Booktalk #2

Every year the people of the Protectorate sacrifice the youngest baby to the evil Witch that lives in the woods. The reality is that the town’s leaders do not really believe that there is a witch, but perpetuate this lie to instill fear in the townspeople. So what is actually happening to these poor infants? But of course there is a witch and she is anything but evil. The Girl Who Drank the Moon is the story of a 500-year-old witch, a swamp monster, and a perfectly tiny dragon with delusions of grandeur, who all work together to raise a magical child. (Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award, 2018)

SUBJECTS:     Fantasy fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Magic -- Fiction.
                        Witches -- Fiction.

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