The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Anyone a fan of The Giver by Lois Lowry? If so, then I have a book recommendation from you.

This book won the 2017 Newbery Award and is about a girl who is given as an offering from her town to the witch in the wood. Why is she given up as an offering? Well, she was the first born child since the last offering. Why does the town offer the first born? To make the witch happy. What happens when they leave the child behind for offering? Well, no one knows for sure, but probably the child is eaten or starves to death or gets too cold. After all, no one has seen the witch. She’s just a story that is told.

But when this particular child is given the moon to drink, things change for the witch, and the town. A mother goes mad, a nephew is attacked by paper birds, and a girl keeps things hidden from her grandmother.

In the end, a mother and daughter are reunited, a town comes out from under the clouds of sorrow, and the truth about the witch is finally revealed.

Take a read for yourself and let me know what you think.

(Below you have my goodreads summary as well…)

The Girl Who Drank the MoonThe Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

The book slightly reminded me of The Giver as the Protectorate follows some customs (leaving a baby as an offering) without anyone really understanding why. Then when a particular child is left one year, the reason behind the offering starts to be revealed to the reader.

The different story lines are intertwined with a story told in italics.

I think it would make kids wonder who is the good guy or the bad guy, and are they really that way or is it our perception that makes it so.

Well written and a different twist on a story makes it easy to see why Kelly won the Newbery for this novel.

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Teachers Write – A Letter to Myself

Teachers Write officially ended yesterday (Friday). As you can tell from my blog posts, I wasn’t as active at the end as I was in the beginning, though I did still read each post. All in all, I do feel it was a worth-while experience and I learned things through it, about myself as a writer and about writing in general. I’m excited to find ways to share it with my school site, teachers and students both.

The last prompt from Kate was to write a letter to ourselves before we started this four-week journey. Below is mine…

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Dear Stephanie,

You are about to embark on a scary journey – sharing your writing for the first time with the world. Sure you’ve shared it to a few people, but now you will share small paragraphs for anyone on the internet to see.

I know, it seems scary. You’re wondering if people will listen to what you have to say. You are wondering how supportive people will be. You are wondering if what you have to those jumbled letters on paper are even worth sharing.

Let me assure you that yes, people do want to hear what you have to say. And this group is the perfect group to begin sharing with, as they are just as scared as you. And because it’s a community of educators, they understand that people learn by making mistakes. And yes, people are curious how you make jumbled letters into something worth reading.

You may not participate in all the prompts. You may not even get far in your own story during this time frame. But I will promise you that at the end, you will feel as though you made some progress and learned something, and yes, you will want to do it again.

You will fall even more in love with writing and will start planning on how to share what you’ve read and learned from the various authors, both with the students at your school as well as the teachers.

So get ready … and WRITE!

Stephanie