Literary fantasy and winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal.
Recommended grade level: 5 and up
Pages: 388 (for ISBN 9781616205676)
Genre(s) and keywords: fantasy, fairy tale, award winner
Tone/Style: lyrical, mysterious, melancholy
Topics: witches, magic, lost family, amnesia, hidden potential
Themes: family, sacrifice, sorrow, loyalty, loss
Summary: An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her.
Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. Continue reading