And the 2017 John Newbery Medal winner is....
The 2017 John Newbery Medal for outstanding contribution to children's literature was just awarded to "The Girl Who Drank The Moon" by Kelly Barnhill. The Newbery Medal is widely regarded as the highest honor given to the author of a children's book in the United States. "The Girl Who Drank The Moon" tells the story of a community who fears a witch that lives in the nearby woods. Every year, the residents leave a newborn baby in the woods in hopes of appeasing her. What the people don't realize is that although Xan does have magical powers, her intentions are not malicious. She makes certain that all of the children left in the woods are cared for. This year, the kindly enchantress decides to raise the sacrificed child herself.
“Impossible to put down . . . The Girl Who Drank the Moon is as exciting and layered as classics like Peter Pan or TheWizard of Oz.” —The New York Times Book Review
“A gorgeously written fantasy about a girl who becomes “enmagicked” after the witch who saves her from death feeds her moonlight.” —People
Other honors received by this book include:
A New York Times Bestseller
An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of 2016
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 KirkusReviews’ Best Books of 2016
2017 Booklist Youth Editors’ Choice
written by Nicole Cruickshank from Library Ideas