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Under a Stand Still Moon

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Under a Stand Still Moon

Set in the southwestern United States in 900 A.D., UNDER A STAND STILL MOON tells the story of Echo, a little girl born into the Waterfall Clan. Echo is considered special because she was brought into this world under a Stand Still Moon, a very rare season in which the moon halts its course in the sky and raises nightly between the two war gods. Echo's greatest wish is to have unlimited freedom to explore her world. However, her mother and grandmother want her to learn the ways of a woman and a working wife. So she is forced to stay at home, helping her family with chores and tending to her younger sister with not much time for exploring her world.

While hard at work, she develops a crush on her childhood friend Falcon. Her love for him grows so deeply that she wishes to marry him. However, after she saves a baby from falling off a cliff, Sun Watcher, a High Priest whose incredible power scares everyone in the village, asks her family for her hand in marriage. Her family agrees, and so Echo must leave her dreams and family behind to marry and move in with Sun Watcher.

While living with her husband, Echo discovers that he is very ill. She promises to take care of him if he promises to give her his power. He agrees, and starts teaching her the lessons of the sky. Meanwhile, tragedies begin to occur in her village, and Sun Watcher becomes sicker than ever. Will Echo be able to stay strong for everyone in the village and survive on her own, or will her world become a different place?

UNDER A STAND STILL MOON comes to life as author Ann Howard Creel creates vivid images of the Anasazi civilization and the ancient people who represent natural Earth elements. This is an incredible journey that is not to be missed.

Reviewed by Ashley Hartlaub on October 1, 2005

Under a Stand Still Moon
by Ann Howard Creel

  • Publication Date: October 1, 2005
  • Genres: Historical Fiction
  • Paperback: 83 pages
  • Publisher: Brown Barn Books
  • ISBN-10: 0974648183
  • ISBN-13: 9780974648187