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    Suzanne Woods Fisher
    Revell / 2021 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Jocelyn Green, author of Faith Deployed
    Cedar Falls, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Charming
    March 23, 2021
    Jocelyn Green, author of Faith Deployed
    Cedar Falls, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I thoroughly enjoyed The Moonlight School by Suzanne Woods Fisher! This novel is reminiscent of the classic Christy by Catherine Marshall, with its lush mountain setting, the unflinching look at the poverty and illiteracy of the people who lived there, and the struggle the protagonist experiences as she overcomes feelings of inadequacy to dive in and make a difference. But other than that, The Moonlight School is absolutely a unique story which illuminates the historical figure of Cora Wilson Stuart, crusader against adult illiteracy in Rowan County, Kentucky. The fictional protagonist, Lucy Wilson, works with Cora and has her own very satisfying character journey. This novel was a sheer delight to read, especially since a couple of the POVs employed were from teens who were mountain people themselves. A charming, important book.
  2. Suzanne Sellner
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love Triangles and Mysterious Situations
    March 15, 2021
    Suzanne Sellner
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Moonlight School is a coming-of-age story, where Lucy Wilson, a city girl, joins her cousin, Cora Wilson Stewart, to be this superintendent of school's stenographer. However, these schools are in Rowan County, Kentucky, in 1911, where illiteracy is rampant. Lucy has never even ridden a horse, knows no survival skills, and definitely does NOT understand mountain language and customs. With colorful stories, the author skillfully describes the "training" Lucy receives, the many insights she gains, and the love she develops both for the people and the environment. Cora and Brother Wyatt provide great wisdom for Lucy, who then becomes a mentor for other characters in the novel. Lucy becomes a valuable asset in the development of the moonlight schools designed to teach the illiterate adults in Rowan County to read simple, practical articles and do simple calculations so they can get better jobs and not be taken advantage of by the lumber companies. Lucy solves a mystery by the end of the novel. Two love triangles keep the story exciting while Brother Wyatt's Biblical knowledge and understanding provide a faith thread throughout the novel. Both the moonlight schools, taught by the regular school teachers, and the singing schools, taught by Brother Wyatt in this novel, were real historical practices in Rowan County. Anyone who has ever attended a school or has sought purpose in life will appreciate this delightful novel!
  3. Lindz2012
    Gastonville
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    What a Story
    March 11, 2021
    Lindz2012
    Gastonville
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Are you looking for a book that is based on illiteracy? This book called "The Moonlight School" is about that, and a little mystery is popped in as well. It seems like this is mostly about the mountain people that are in Rowen County.

    This book is a few main characters, Cora Wilson, Lucy Wilson, Angie Copper, and Finley James. One other one that name is Brother Watt. The author pops a little romance in this book as well. However, most of this book is about learning to read and write.

    Will they be able to get the folks' help in the hills to learn to read and write? Will the Moonlight School campaign be stopped in its tracks? Will Lucy find her sister, or will she accept god answer? There seems like there some romance going on, and will Lucy choose Andrew or Watt?

    My favorite is learning about how the night schools started. I love the fact that we know about illiteracy and how it the solution came about. This book seems to occur based on actual historical events. That seems like a good idea.

    If you are a book fan, well, this is a book you may want to read, It about books and teaching an adult to read. There some mystery in the plot, The author wrote a perfect story plot.
  4. bsnksmom
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Story Drives Home the Price of Illiteracy - Based on True Events
    March 10, 2021
    bsnksmom
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As a child herself, Lucy Wilson "lost" her toddler sister as they waited on their father at the train station. Still haunted by the memory, Lucy is sent by her father to help his cousin, Cora Wilson Stewart as she serves as the first woman education superintendent for the schools in Rowan County, Kentucky. She thinks she'll be transcribing school business in her cousin's office. Instead, she's sent - on horseback - to read letters and take dictation for the return letters for some of the illiterate hill people of the county.

    Stewart has been working tirelessly for some time to round up the children of the county and make sure they are attending school. She knows what a plague illiteracy has been, and how it has resulted in the lumber companies nearly destroying the area. She has needed help with the transcription for quite some time, and putting Lucy to work on that can only help open the eyes of the outside world to the plight of the people, since Lucy's father owns the lumber company.

    Brother Wyatt was born in the hills, received an education, and came back to serve as a singing school master. The people flock to his "classes" and he doubles as their preacher. The more he helps Lucy, the more he sees her tender heart for the people he loves. Will their difference in station cause him to step away from any kind of relationship?

    This story drives home the reason it is important to learn to read. Illiteracy isolates people and makes them feel unworthy of the rights and privileges everyone else knows they have. It also makes them vulnerable to unscrupulous companies who prey on those who can't read the contracts they put in front of them. It was shocking to me, first that this book was based on a true story, and second, how very many adults in the county could not read. Fisher put quite a bit of humor in the story to balance out the grim.

    Readers who love historically-based books will enjoy The Moonlight School. The story will make any reader appreciate their ability to pick up a book, or a letter, or a legal document and KNOW what it says.
  5. Author SK
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Really liked this book!
    March 4, 2021
    Author SK
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I really liked this book! This was my first foray into Suzanne Woods Fisher's work and based on the way this was written, I look forward to more of her great writing!

    I also shared a review on The Christian Bookworm Podcast- http://www.authorskbell.com/2021/03/e...

    *I received a free copy in exchange for honest review
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