I am delighted to share with you about Kelly Barnhill's newest book, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, which arrives in stores on August 9th. (Stop reading right now, and mark your calendar!)
I received an ARC of this book at #nErDcampMI and proceeded to devour it almost immediately. It is an incredibly well-crafted tale set in a familiar fantasy setting - the small town, the downtrodden inhabitants, the problematic ancient traditions. But as soon as the perspective shifts from the villagers to the feared witch in the woods, the reader realizes that there is quite a bit more going on within this story.
The characters are delightful, and there were so many lines that made me laugh out loud. Expectations are overturned, and the more of a background you have in fairy tales and folktales, the more there is to appreciate. The book is being marketed to the upper half of middle grade, and I think that it will find readers and fans among a wide-range of ages and grade levels.
As soon as I finished reading, I wanted more. Lucky for me (and for you), this week Entertainment Weekly has published a brief, two-part prequel for the book. Read part 1 here and part 2 here.
I can't wait to gush about this book to students! (And, if you can't wait, Amazon has released the first few chapters for free on Kindle.)