2017 Newbery Medal Winner

At the beginning of the month the annual Newbery Award winners were announced. I was preparing for a trip to Australia and was unable to read the medal winner before I left. However, I requested it from the library so I could read it when I got home.

2017 Newbery Medal, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelly BarnhillWhen I returned from my trip The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill was waiting for me at the library.

I really enjoyed this book. It is a great story that takes place in a fantasy world that is slowly developed through the course of the book.

Each year the people of a town place their youngest baby in the woods as an offering to a wicked witch. There is a witch in the story, but she has no idea why the people leave a baby in the woods. She normally delivers the baby to towns on the other side of a great swamp where they grow up with grateful families.

However, one year she keeps a girl who she accidentally turns into a magical being by feeding her moonlight. She names her Luna and it is from this that the title of the book comes.

I will not give away the rest of the plot of the book as it is very complex and has a few interesting twists as the story builds.

However, you will enjoy reading about a tiny dragon that will fit in your pocket, a swamp beast and a boy who gives up preferment to be a simple carpenter. You will also learn about how power is gained and held in this world through devious means.

A wonderful story of relationships between people, but set in a magical world.

A good choice for the Newbery Medal.

Of course, now I can once again say that I have read all the Newbery Medal winners.

Newbery Medal Winner, Last Stop on Market Street, Picture Book, Matt de la Pena, Christian Robinson, Caldecott Award WinnerLast year the winner was Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peña.

In my post 2016 Newbery Books I also covered the Newbery Honor books. This year I am having to wait for them as the library only had one of the three books in their catalogue.

I am currently reading The Inquisitors Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Dog by Adam Gidwitz which was also waiting for me when I got home and have requested the others from the library. They have several copies of each book on order and I will pick them up as soon as they are delivered to the library and are processed.

I will write another post about the Newbery Honor books once I have read them all.

Steven

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