Books That Inspire 2010

Faces in the Moon: A Novel
Betty 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.

From Books That Inspire 2008.

Michele Eodice
Executive Director
Learning, Teaching and Writing