Faces in the Moon: A NovelBetty Louise Bell
When I moved to Oklahoma in 2006 I tried to learn more about the state's culture and history. Faces in the Moon was recommended to me and I enjoyed reading it. The story places a young person at the center of discovering her own family genealogy through stories and genealogical research. Young adult readers in particular will relate to Lucie's quest to piece together her family history, from 1880's Oklahoma to contemporary reservation life. The Cherokee tribe and the modern world blend through the dialogue, documents, and multiple voices. As the director of the writing center here at OU, I especially appreciate that the main character found family connection and a deeper understanding of her culture through active reading and writing.