The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Book review by Jan Carr, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Entrancing fantasy spun with magic stresses power of love.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 40 reviews

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age 10+

Wonderful fantasy that will need parental explanation for independent readers

EXCELLENT fantasy with wonderful life lessons. There is some violence but mostly there is the threat of violence, so it may feel more violent to some readers than to others. The author paints pictures with her words, which read like poetry. The structure of the book reminds me of reading As I Lay Dying in college, which confused me because the point of view or narrator changes with each chapter. If your child is going to read this book independently, have a discussion about this in advance and they will enjoy it EVER so much more. The ending of the book made me feel the way I did at the very end of The Chronicles of Narnia. WONDERFUL!!!

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age 10+

Rich story with hopeful and dark themes

I really liked this book and so did my 10-11 year old fantasy reader. It has some pretty dark themes - a town run by controlling people who feed off other people's despair and are willing to keep the population miserable through deprivation and child sacrifice. But it also has the counterpoint of a do-gooding, self-sacrificing witch and "monsters" that act to counter balance the darker practices. I think the dark themes are more disturbing to me as an adult than they would have been to me as a child, where they would have read as basic fairy-tale evil. I like how the protagonist characters work to improve the community and fight the wrongs they see as they come to understand more. THere is no sex or swearing, some emotional and physical violence - a magical attack leaves a character physically scarred, a character goes insane at the loss of her child, a characters bullies and terrifies subordinates.

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