Newbery Medal winner!
Every year, the people of the Protectorate – a walled gray city surrounded by a dangerous magical forest – sacrifice a baby to the Witch. They believe this sacrifice allows them to live in the city without the Witch’s interference, and so no one ever fights back against this cruel tradition.
What they don’t know is that there really is a Witch, and that she rescues those babies and carries them through the forest to safety in other cities. Until one year, when the Witch decides to keep the baby – a girl she calls Luna. And when she grows up, Luna will be the one to change things forever.