The Book Blab Episode 13: The Girl Who Drank the Moon Plus Two Other Newbery Favorites

May 31, 2017

Several months ago, Suzanne and I announced that we would be reading The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill in preparation for an upcoming mini book club. That mini book club finally happened last week when Suzanne was in Utah for a friend's wedding, and I was able to steal her away for an hour so we could discuss the book in person.

There was so much to talk about with this story, and we could have gone on for much longer if we'd had the time (and if we'd thought anyone would actually want to watch a three-hour long episode). In fact, after we wrapped up our conversation and stopped recording, we remembered other things we had wanted to talk about. (And at that time, Suzanne also diagnosed why I loved this book even though it's fantasy. Apparently it's because it's more theme driven instead of plot driven. Who knew?!) Anyway, we hope some of you accepted the invitation to read this book with us and will share your thoughts, questions, or opinions in the comments. Enjoy!

1:23 - There will be spoilers in this episode!
2:00 - Plot summary of The Girl Who Drank the Moon
5:40 - Introduction of characters
8:58 - Sorrow versus hope
14:00 - "A story can tell the truth, but a story can also lie."
17:15 - The power of love
  • 19:35 - The relationship between love and magic
  • 21:15: "There is no limit to what the heart can carry." 
23:40 - Humanizing the villain leads to complex emotions
27:00 - Did this book deserve the Newbery?
  • 28:25 - Amy's thoughts
  • 29:50 - Suzanne's thoughts
  • 32:20 - Would a child like this book?
34:40 - Two other Newbery recommendations
  • 35:00 - Suzanne's recommendation 
  • 36:20 - Amy's recommendation
37:50 - Conclusion

Books talked about during the show:

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
The Giver by Lois Lowry
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead


  1. I'm planning on listening to this, but I'm currently #95 on the library list for the book, so it may be a while. Looking forward to it even more now!

    1. Ack, 95?! That's the worst! Yes, definitely wait to watch this until after you've read it, but I'll be interested in hearing your thoughts at that time!


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