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A hundred stars.
I LOVED this story. I loved everything about it. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone, from children to adults. I don't usually reread books, but I know I will return to this story again and again.
This story had everything you could want in a GREAT fairytale.
The characters in this story were multifaceted and endearing. The storyline was well thought out with a satisfying conclusion. I wouldn't change anything in this story. As an avid reader, I have only encountered this in a tiny handful of books. Such a rare treat to read! There were plenty of plot twists and turns. A thread of dark mystery was carefully woven into the story. And yet, there is love, so much love in this book as well. Not the sappy artificial love seen in romance novels, but the love of family and friends.
This book would make a fabulous gift, especially to Harry Potter fans. This book has a similar feel to it. In fact, I think I liked it even better, and that's saying a LOT. So many emotions in this book! Warm and fuzzy with a hint of sadness but uplifting too! Grownups will NOT feel like they are reading a children's story, and yet I would feel comfortable reading this book to a young child. Again, a rare story to be sure. I will seek out more books by this author.
What I can tell you is that my daughter is 8, and I can't see her either benefiting from or wanting to read this book/have it read to her for at least another two years.
The main action of this story happens when a girl is twelve/thirteen, when most girls physically change into adults. This book is for those girls, and absolutely should be read by every one of them.
The book is interwoven with rising tension throughout the story. A sensitive young girl is likely to be too worried about what will happen to actually want to read it. In the end there is no physical violence, but emotional tension runs very high. By the time the confrontations happen you (the adult reader) are begging for them to happen. Begging for all the problems laid out to be resolved, but the young reader? Heck, my daughter freaked out the first time Moana went into the ocean (and only then). Like "The Witch's Boy" (by same author) there are disturbing scenes--here especially early in the book. On an emotional level, fairly devastating. There are also things that she might just not be ready to understand until that age. For example the two main heroines are wrapped up in a pattern of lying to each other--for all the best reasons. As an adult I understand and learned from this. But for an 8 year old? Heck, it is probably too subtle for a normal 10 year old.
You should notice I have pitched this almost absolutely for young girls. Not to say that boys won't like it--exciting story it be--but it is absolutely for that target audience. Get it for your son as well; he'll understand a lot more about women when he's done with it.
Adult readers? You should all read it. Now.
It is a pitch perfect classic.
Please understand: I didn't hate this book. I applaud its message and the occasional beauty of its writing. And I LOVE fantasy stories. But this should have been a short story. Not to mention that its basic plot--a witch raising a girl with special powers--has been done before, and done so much better. Have you read Terry Pratchett's EQUAL RITES? If you haven't, give yourself a treat and do so. It's funny and fun, with amazing characters, and a well-drawn plot--and it was written long before THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON.
So would I recommend THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON? Sure, why not. It won't hurt you, and there are some very nice parts. Yes, the animism is a bit overdone, but it is a fantasy after all, and animism seems to be a staple of "witch" books, harking back to their Druid ancestry. Besides, everyone's taste is different--that's what makes life fun!--and you could very well love it.
Top international reviews
So the story centres around a witch who every year saves a baby who's left out to die, she feeds them starlight and brings them to new family's at the other side of the forest. One of the baby's she accidentally feeds moonlight to which makes her magic so she has to raise her. What the witch doesn't know is that these baby's were taken from loving parents to be sacrificed.
So the story has a constantly sad undertone of loss. Though we follow Luna as she grows and the heartwarming scenes with her adoptive family, we're also jump back to the town and the awful that's happening there. This leads to many heart breaking revelations but there is always some joy or hope constantly in the story, mostly from Luna as she can be quite the trouble maker.
This book can get quite repetitive in the middle but I didn't mind it as for me it added to the story but it won't be for everyone. By the end of this book I had tears running down my face and a love for many of the characters.
I agree with with my ten year old: Too much pacifism.
As of 11 Feb 2018 this isn't on the UK accelerated reader, btw, so no quiz, no reading target credit.
A wonderfully beautiful book! I was close to tears a couple of times, especially at the end.
Buy it! Read it! Gift it!
I was drawn out and protracted in places, yet somehow it managed to maintain my attention. The final quarter is the best written section, that is when all the long strands begin to pull together.
I think this book is one to consider - the right person may well be blown away by it - but that person just wasn’t me.
3/5 stars for a creative and imaginative yarn that travels and loops around itself, but does contain moments of emotion and beauty.
Loved this book so very much. I've recommended it to everyone and anyone. It's a great story with subplots intertwined expertly throughout, all coming together at the end is such a satisfying way. It's funny, heartbreakingly sad and keeps you up all night if you can stay awake. I will definitely be reading more of this author. A witch, a girl, a boy with a scar, a mad woman in the tower, children abandoned, star children, a dragon and a bog, you won't regret it.
I read a few chapters each evening with my 7 year old.
I am just as engaged as she is! 7.30pm bedtime has gone over to 9pm as we just don't want to stop reading!
I used to love such collections as Narnia, Harry Potter as a kid... I think my daughter will go on to feel a similar way about this story.