For the Around the Year in 52 books 2019 Challenge, a book with one of the 5 W’s in the title, I chose to read The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill. This book was already on my list as it’s on the Newbery Honors list as the winner from 2017.
This is the story of Luna, a girl taken from her mother as a baby to be sacrificed to the swamp witch. The village Luna is taken from is under a dark curse of some sort, and every year the youngest child in the village is sacrificed to placate the witch. The witch, however, is not what the villagers suppose. She in fact, rescues the child every year and can’t fathom why the villagers do this horrible thing.
Luna is simply the latest in this line of children abandoned in the forest. The witch doesn’t take Luna directly to the place where she’s left all the other children. In fact, she inadvertently enmagicks the child, and ends up keeping her to raise as her own child. Luna is taken back to the witch’s home in the swamp where she grows up with the witch, a swamp monster, and a “perfectly tiny” dragon.
This is a simply delightful book. I loved it very much! Especially Fryrian, the “perfectly tiny,” pocket-sized dragon.