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Friday, February 01, 2019

Review: The Girl Who Drank the Moon

The Girl Who Drank the Moon is the 2017 Newberry Award winner and has won many book awards for 5-7th grade readers. I checked out the book from the library for Bowen to read, but got curious and read to the finish before he did.

Unfortunately, the book is mostly padding. While there are a great many psychological plot points (grandmother setting up a spell that would end her life? deep and tough), the book never does anything with them and has very little pay-off.

Certainly, nothing that can be compared with A Wizard of Earthsea. Disappointing. I switched Bowen's reading back to A Wizard of Earthsea, and I was astounded by how much more enthusiastic I was when I was reading to him. Lesson learned: there's plenty of classics. The more modern award winners seem more driven by prize-related politics than by actual quality writing.

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