Kelly Barnhill

in Minneapolis
December 07, 1973



Borges, Marquez, Erdrich, The Brothers Grimm

Kelly Barnhill is an author and teacher. She won the World Fantasy Award for her novella The Unlicensed Magician, a Parents Choice Gold Award for Iron Hearted Violet, the Charlotte Huck Honor for The Girl Who Drank the Moon, and has been a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, the Andre Norton award, and the PEN/USA literary prize. She was also a McKnight Artist's Fellowship recipient in Children's Literature. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her three children and husband. You can chat with her on her blog at

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On Wildness, Cracked Worlds, Monsters, and the Odd Nature of the Short Story


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(note: this essay originally appeared at Powells Books Blog.)

Once upon a time, I worked for the Park Service, minding a little ranger station on Marmot Lake — well above the treeline, about 30 miles into the backcountry from any direction. The station was not much of a station at all. Just a tent on a platform and a steel cache full of tools and gear, and even a sealed bottle of s...

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon

4.18 avg rating — 32,781 ratings — published 2016 — 61 editions
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The Witch's Boy

4.03 avg rating — 3,430 ratings — published 2014 — 16 editions
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Iron Hearted Violet

3.85 avg rating — 2,314 ratings — published 2012 — 13 editions
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The Mostly True Story of Jack

3.53 avg rating — 2,223 ratings — published 2011 — 20 editions
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Dreadful Young Ladies and O...

3.75 avg rating — 1,002 ratings — published 2018 — 9 editions
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Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasqu...

3.72 avg rating — 179 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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The Unlicensed Magician

3.93 avg rating — 132 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
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Probably Still the Chosen One

3.93 avg rating — 40 ratings — published 2017
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The Wee Book of Pee

3.77 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2009
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The Bloody Book of Blood

3.72 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 2009
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“Knowledge is power, but it is a terrible power when it is hoarded and hidden.”
Kelly Barnhill, The Girl Who Drank the Moon

“There's no such thing as complete when it comes to stories. Stories are infinite. They are as infinite as worlds.”
Kelly Barnhill, Iron Hearted Violet

“How many feelings can one heart hold?... Infinite, Luna thought. The way the universe is infinite. It is light and dark and endless motion; it is space and time, and space within space, and time within time. And she knew: there is no limit to what the heart can carry.”
Kelly Barnhill, The Girl Who Drank the Moon


What Book Shall We Read in October?

I have chosen books that are getting a lot of attention and were published in July and August. Feel free to add books to the list, if they were published in July and August 2011

If you get the chance, check and see what your library has before you vote.

  10 votes 24.4%

  8 votes 19.5%

  7 votes 17.1%

  5 votes 12.2%

  4 votes 9.8%

Summer I learned to fly (write-in)
  3 votes 7.3%

  2 votes 4.9%

  1 vote 2.4%

  1 vote 2.4%

41 total votes

Topics Mentioning This Author

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Young Adult Book ...: Quarterly Challenge #3 (Fall 2011) 104 521 Dec 17, 2011 03:40PM  
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Avoca Book Club: Sandy's 2012 Reading Goals and Challenges 11 30 May 24, 2012 05:14PM  
Wild Things: YA G...: Reading Challenge #15 - Report Points Here 174 163 Apr 01, 2013 09:34PM  

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