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The Girl Who Drank the Moon

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon
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by Kelly Barnhill
2017 Newbery Medal
2017 Kids Wings Top Flight Award Book
Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee
An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of 2016
The New York Times Best Seller
A New York Public Library Best Book of 2016
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016
An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016
Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016
2017 Booklist Youth Editors’ Choice

There is a Witch in the woods. At least that is what the people of the Protectorate believe. Stories about the Witch have been passed on from parents to their children for 500 years. Terrified children grow to become terrified adults who are helpless to stand against the Day of Sacrifice, a yearly event in which the youngest child born in the Protectorate is taken to the woods and left as a sacrifice to the Witch in the woods. Each year, the parents willingly hand over their baby to the Protectorate. They see the sacrifice as a bribe that keeps the Witch from destroying the Protectorate. In truth, there really IS a Witch in the Forest, but unbeknownst to the people, this Witch is a GOOD, KIND, aging Witch who has always rescued the abandoned infants. The Witch's name is Xan.

Living with Xan are a wise, thousand-year-old Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon who, like Xan is 500 years old. Xan faithfully rescues the infants, feeds them starlight during the trek, and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side fo the forest. Nourished by the starlight, these children become the Star Children who grow to be amazing, talented, beautiful citizens in their new homes.

Then, one year, Xan becomes careless and accidentally feeds an infant she names Luna moonlight rather than starlight, causing the child to become enmagicked. Knowing that this infusion of magic can produce dangerous consequences to a toddler who has no power to control it, Xan decides to adopt and teach Luna herself. The task becomes more than even Xan can handle, so she must use a spell to contain Luna's magic until she is 13 years old.

Can the young man from the Protectorate find a way to free his people by killing the witch? Can he survive attacks by deadly magical birds? Will the erupting volcano stop him? Can he find a way to outwit the woman with a voice like shattered glass and the heart of a Tiger? Will he be able to find a way to stop the sacrifices and lift the fog of sorrow over the Protectorate?

The Girl Who Drank the Moon won the well-deserved 2017 Newbery Medal. It is filled with exciting adventure, high-level vocabulary, deep enchanting characterization, and beautiful literary quality that brings the fairy-tale motif to a new level of enjoyment for children, ages 11-100! The Kids Wings 67-page literature guide and 53-slide Jeopardy-type game will provide problem-solving, enthusiastic collaboration, character-building, and social and academic growth in groups. It is one of Kids' Wings favorite young adult fairytale and is forecast to become our favorite adult fairytale when we grow up.

Would C. S. Lewis have approved? YES! In his words: "And I think it possible that by confining your child to blameless stories of child life in which nothing alarming ever happens, you would fail to banish the terrors, and would succeed in banishing all that can ennoble them or make them endurable. For, in the fairy tales, side by side with the terrible figures, we find the immemorial comforters and protectors, the radiant ones; and the terrible figures are not merely terrible, but sublime."

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You can purchase the 67-page literature guide PLUS 53-slide interactive Jeopardy-type game for
The Girl Who Drank the Moon

for immediate download! Only $19.95!
Click Here to purchase and download
from Kids Wings at Teachers Pay Teachers

The Kids Wings 67-page literature guide PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill will be available soon!

The 67-Kids Wings Activity Guide Contains:
Background Building
Get Ready, Get Set, Discuss! Prereading Activity
Developing Independence in a Dialectical Journal
Creating a Map of Luna's World
A 3-Page Readers Theater Introduction
Character Studies
Rhyming Poems Summarize Chapters
8 Groups of 6 Chapters: Vocabulary, Title Building, Chapter Questions for Predict-Read-Confirm
Visualizing the Text, Chapters 1-6
Luna's Ballad, Summarizing Chapters in Song
Multiple Choice and Short Answer Comprehension for Chapters 7-12
Figures of Speech! Get the Picture!
Figurative Language: Sensational Similes!
The Creation, A 4-page choral Reading of the James Weldon Johnson Poem
Multiple Choice and Short Answer Comprehension for Chapters 13-15
Visualizing the Text: Chapters 16-18
Crossing the Events: A Crossword Puzzle for Chapters 19-24
Multiple Choice and Short Answer Comprehension for Chapters 25-30
The Madwoman's Skill, A Writing Project
Visualizing the Text: Chapters 32-36
Multiple Choice and Short Answer Comprehension for Chapters 34-36
Character Poems
Multiple Choice and Short Answer Comprehension for Chapters 37-41
Readers Theater: Metamorphosis Rap
Summarizing Chapters 43-48
The Homecoming, Chapter 45
And in the End ... A Chart Summarizing the Fate of the Characters
Discussion and Writing Prompts
Vocabulary by Chapters
Vocabulary Tic-Tac-Toe
Five in a Row Game for Chapters 1-146
Five in a Row Game for Chapters 153-289
Five in a Row Game: A Blank for creating your own
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Quotes to memorize:

"When I was ten, I read fairytales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man, I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up." C. S. Lewis

"Those of us who are blamed when old for reading childish books were blamed when children for reading books too old for us. No reader worth his salt trots along in obedience to a time table." C. S. Lewis

“I believe that in a way, sadness is happiness for there can be no wrong without right, no light without dark, no success without failure, no relief without pain, no love without hatred and no Snow White without the evil queen.” Girl234


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