I’m reading The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Award winner.
This book is delicious.
First, there are these characters with whom it didn’t take long at all to fall in love: Xan, a lovely, wise witch, Luna, an innocent and curious girl, Glerk, a gentle giant of a swamp monster, and Fyrian, a naive, yet lovable dragon. And then there’s Antain, an elder in training, who questions the status quo and follows his heart.
And then there’s the writing. Kelly Barnhill has imagined and built a magical world. Just listen to the description-
“At the center of the forest was a small swamp- bubbly, sulfury, and noxious, fed and warmed by an underground, restlessly sleeping volcano and covered with a slick of slime whose color ranged from poison green to lightning blue to blood red, depending on the time of the year.”
And then there is the poetry, beautiful lines shared by the wise Glerk-
“Patience has now wing…
Patience does not run
Nor blow, nor skitter, nor falter.
Patience is the swell of the ocean;
Patience is the sigh of the mountain;
Patience is the shirr of the Bog;
Patience is the chorus of stars,
My book study group is reading this book together. I’m so grateful
for the story, the beautiful language, and the knowing that I’ll be able to talk about it with colleagues soon. I do wish I could sit down with Ms. Barnhill to talk about her writing! I hope you’ll pick it up as well!