Chapel Hill: Algonquin Young Readers. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 2016. First Edition; Fifth Printing. Hardcover. 9781616205676 . A fine, early printing of the first edition in equally fine, illustrated dust jacket. Published prior to receiving the Newbery award, hence lacking the medal on the jacket, priced at $16.95 ; Every year, the people of the protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey (from the dust jacket). This book was awarded the 2017 John Newbery Medal; [x], 388,  pages . (Inventory #: 26871)
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