The Moonlight school

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader



Moonlight school


Suzanne Woods Fisher




February 2, 2021




320 pages


In the Spring of 1911, Lucy Wilson is sent to Kentucky to help her Aunt Cora, superintendent of education in Rowan County, a very prestigious job for a woman. Lucy is assigned to be a scribe for the mountain people; most could not read yet received letters and wanted to respond. Lucy is shocked and repelled by the conditions and the poverty she encounters. Yet, soon she is enamored by many of the people she is getting to know. Enamored yet disturbed and dismayed at their illiteracy and the prospect of no change in the future.

Cora contrives the idea of a night school, a schools for adults that would be held on moonlit nights, a plan to relieve illiteracy. But will they come?

This book, Moonlight School, is based on true events that caused the country to take adult literacy seriously. A plan that in our story gives real purpose to Lucy and also introduces her to something totally unexpected-the love of her life.



Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Fans of Christian fiction, particularly historical fiction and lovers of books and reading

Christian Impact:

Not only is Christianity woven through this story but also a passion for literacy for everyone.

The Moonlight School

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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