12-year-old Luna is a witch with a dif­fer­ence

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MARY QUATTLEBAUM

HAL­LOWEEN witches are all about po­tions and black cats, right?

Not Luna, the 12-year-old witch in Kelly Barn­hill’s new novel, The Girl Who Drank the Moon.

As a baby, Luna is left as a yearly of­fer­ing to an evil witch. But a good witch named Xan res­cues her, just as she had res­cued babies like her in the past. In­stead of stinky po­tions, Xan feeds the babies starlight. That gives them strength while Xan looks for a safe home for them.

With Luna, though, Xan makes a big mis­take. She ac­ci­den­tally feeds Luna moon­light, which fills the girl with mag­i­cal pow­ers. Luna has no idea how to use her pow­ers, which grow stronger as she nears the age of 13. Xan must both teach and pro­tect her from those who seek to de­stroy her.

In­stead of a black cat, Luna has a tiny, bossy dragon named Fyr­ian.

Barn­hill said she had al­ways been cu­ri­ous about witches. When she was a girl, her favourite cos­tume in­cluded a “black dress, stripy tights and a com­pletely rad witch hat,” she said. – Wash­ing­ton Post

Quattlebaum is a chil­dren’s au­thor.

Kelly Barn­hill

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