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Kelly Barnhill

Author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon

30+ Works 6,927 Members 353 Reviews 2 Favorited

About the Author

Kelly Barnhill is a children's book author. Her novels include The Mostly True Story of Jack, Iron Hearted Violet, The Witch's Boy, and The Girl Who Drank the Moon, which received the 2017 John Newbery Medal. She has also received the World Fantasy Award, the Parents Choice Gold Award, the Texas show more Library Association Bluebonnet award, and a Charlotte Huck Honor. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Kelly Barnhill

The Girl Who Drank the Moon (2016) 3,905 copies
When Women Were Dragons (2022) 980 copies
The Witch's Boy (2014) 472 copies
The Ogress and the Orphans (2022) 323 copies
Iron Hearted Violet (2012) 282 copies
The Crane Husband (2023) 220 copies
The Unlicensed Magician (2015) 16 copies
The Wee Book of Pee (2009) 8 copies
Bizarre, Creepy Hoaxes (2009) 7 copies

Associated Works

Fast Ships, Black Sails (2008) — Contributor — 309 copies
The Book of Dragons: An Anthology (2020) — Contributor — 212 copies
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2014 Edition (2015) — Contributor — 153 copies
Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction (2018) — Contributor — 123 copies
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020 (2020) — Contributor — 108 copies
Guys Read: Terrifying Tales (2015) — Contributor — 103 copies
Dark Faith (2010) — Contributor — 73 copies
Clockwork Phoenix 2: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness (2009) — Contributor — 70 copies
Clarkesworld: Year Five (2013) — Contributor — 17 copies
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 15: Worldcon 2008 Special (2008) — Contributor, some editions — 13 copies
Sybil's Garage No. 7 (2010) — Contributor — 11 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 051 (December 2010) (2010) — Contributor — 2 copies


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As a lover of old fairy tales, I adored this book - the storytelling felt familiar, with refreshingly modern meaning. The narration style won't be for everyone, it's very old-fashioned in some ways (ex, morals spoken as character dialogue), but I found it very charming and a good fit for the story being told. A parable about knowledge and kindness, with characters that stretched beyond the archetypes you might have anticipated. On the shortlist to add to my home library, so I can underline about a hundred key lines to take to heart - one of those stories whose world sticks with you long after the last page.… (more)
anandadaydream | 13 other reviews | Mar 2, 2024 |
This is a great collection for kids. With creepy looking illustrations, it describes each hoax, then gives facts to refute them. It explains how hoaxes came to be, and how they can be explained away. My favorite was the giant cat, Snowball, whose picture shows her to be the size of a big dog being held by his owner. It was a picture that his owner faked and sent to a few of his friends. He claimed the gigantic size was the result of radiation, but of course, he never thought anyone would believe him! But they did, and the picture went viral. This collection ends with this caveat: seeing isn’t always believing! This collection may be short, but it is quite entertaining, has clear and precise information, and includes a glossary and a listing of books as well as a safe way to search websites for further reading.… (more)
Maydacat | Jan 29, 2024 |
A delightful fairy tale about magic and monsters and love.

hmonkeyreads | 223 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |
Thank you to my friend Diane for suggesting this. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It took me a little while to get into it, and there were even a few times I wasn't sure I liked it. But the writing was masterfully done, and by the end, the spell that Barnhill had woven with her words, her characters, and the shifting POVs rang out with such profound love and beauty, I will not soon forget it.

NOT just for kids (and NOT little kids) - but otherwise, I recommend this to all magickal people.… (more)
BethOwl | 223 other reviews | Jan 24, 2024 |



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