Under a Stand Still Moon

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On their mesas and plains, an ancient people once built great dwelling and places of worship, and for many generations, farmed, hunted, traded and worshipped the mighty gods.
 
This is the story of Echo, born in a lucky month when the moon stood still.
 
Her greatest joy is freedom to explore the world around her village.  But she must also learn the tedious ...
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Overview

On their mesas and plains, an ancient people once built great dwelling and places of worship, and for many generations, farmed, hunted, traded and worshipped the mighty gods.
 
This is the story of Echo, born in a lucky month when the moon stood still.
 
Her greatest joy is freedom to explore the world around her village.  But she must also learn the tedious work she is destined to do as a wife and mother. Suddenly, what seems to be a miracle changes her destiny, and she is forced to leave her village and forget her true love, the man she meant to marry, to be given to the High Priest, Sun Watcher, a man whose power frightens the people of her village.
 
Set in prehistoric Southwestern United States around 900 A.D., in this story of life and death and desire, a girl becomes a young woman who must use her power and strength against the terrifying events that are changing her world.
 
"Under a Stand Still Moon is an incredible journey back into the time and place of the great Anasazi civilization.  Ann Howard Creel deftly brings these ancient people to life.  I became the girl Echo, lived her joys, sorrows and triumphs."  Sue Harrison, prize-winning author of Call Down the Stars.
 
"A great book for kids and adults who want to know more about the daily lives of the people who lived in one of the great archaeological sites of the United States." Steven A. LeBlanc, Archaeologist, Harvard Peabody Museum.
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Echo, an Anasazi Indian girl, grows up during the dissolution of the Anasazi civilization. She lives a carefree life until she is 12, when she catches a baby falling from a cliff—considered a miracle. One of the High Priests takes her for a wife and agrees to teach her the secrets of the stars and planets. Echo lives with the old man in a high cliff. Then problems start to occur: Vandals raid the village several times and kill tribe members. The sun seems to be eaten by the clouds; this bad sign forces the Indians to ask the High Priests to intervene, but they cannot. Eclipses are known only to the High Priest married to Echo, and only as a myth. Then there is a drought. They have overused their land, but she cannot get anyone to stop, and the Indians start to leave in great numbers. Echo learns about their religion and becomes the only girl who can hunt game; there is hope some Indians will return to join Echo in raising crops and hunting. 2005, Brown Barn Books, 192 pp., Ages young adult.
—John Jacob
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Echo Song's love of birdcalls earned her her name, but her first name was Born of the Stand Still Moon, for the rare lunar position at the time of her birth. Because of this, she has always been labeled as special. When a turn of events allows her to save a life miraculously, her status is cemented. She is sought as a bride for one of the high priests in her Anasazi community and has to give up the young man she loves. But when the crops begin to fail, she finds herself stepping into her role as a leader of her people and ultimately discovers the secret to save their way of life. This spare and lyrical tale offers readers a peek into what life must have been like for the "Ancient Ones," who lived in the Southwest United States over 1000 years ago. Creel awakens their daily life through archaeological records and the development of her characters to create a rich story of a peaceful farming community and the young woman who sacrifices all she loves to save it. This would be a great book to enhance curriculum, but will also be enjoyed by anyone who likes historical fiction.-Anna M. Nelson, Collier County Public Library, Naples, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974648187
  • Publisher: Brown Barn Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Pages: 183
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2005

    poetic page turner

    Details of the southwest landscape and Anasazi culture are seamlessly woven into this riveting coming of age story. Creel takes readers inside the heart and mind of young Echo, whose dreams are dashed when she is forced to marry an old High Priest instead of her childhood sweetheart. A quiet, poetic book with enough plot twists to make it a real page turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2005

    A great historical novel

    Under a Stand Still Moon is a wonderful book about the life of early Native Americans. It has a great heroine named Echo, who has to give up the man she loves to marry an old priest and magician. It's one of the best historical novels I've ever read and makes you see that what is now a dead ruin was once a living town.

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