On Saturday, December 5, the Stone Soup Book Club discussed the novel The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by Kelly Barnhill. The Girl Who Drank the Moon is about a girl named Luna, and the story follows her as she grows up, and learns about both her magic and her past.
Our meeting consisted of forty kids from across the US and in the UK, and we were incredibly lucky to be joined by the author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelly Barnhill!! Ms. Barnhill visited with our Book Club for nearly forty minutes. We asked her a variety of questions, and she told us about her writing process and where her ideas come from, as well sharing some writing tips. We learned about how Ms. Barnhill wanted to set The Girl Who Drank the Moon in a society where the truth was veiled in lies, and we received excellent advice on how to follow through on our story ideas, however hard they may seem to write down. Thank you very much, Ms. Barnhill! If you attended this session of Book Club, please write a thank you note to Ms. Barnhill and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have not done so already. I will forward it to her!
After Ms. Barnhill’s visit, we only had a little bit of time left, but we were able to have some fascinating discussions about setting and characters in The Girl Who Drank the Moon. We debated the complexities of both the good and evil characters, and thought about the symbolism and significance of different places in the book. It was really interesting to hear what everyone had to say!
Finally, we chose our next book, which is listed below.
Important Note: Book Club is taking a break for the next few weeks. Right now, we are not sure exactly when in January it will return, but we will tell you as soon as we know!
The Night Diary, by Veera Hiranandani