The 2017 Newbery Award Committee selected The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill as the most outstanding contribution to American literature for children. This marks the first time since 1985 that a work of high fantasy has received the Newbery Medal.
According to the Newbery website, "Barnhill’s story is pure magic, distinguished by careful development of a complex plot and indelible evocation of unique characters. Love, heartbreak, hope, sorrow, and wonder all shine in exquisite, lyrical prose." The unique characters include a hundred-years-old witch, a poetry-loving swamp monster, a fierce but miniature dragon and, of course, a girl who mysteriously "drank the moon."