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Cynthia Becker
Daniel Blegen
Carolyn Brink
Debra Faulkner
Mary Peace Finley
Lydia Griffin
Gail E. Haley
Joyce B. Lohse
Charlie Mac
Nancy Oswald
John Stansfield



Hard Face Moon

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Code: 978-0-86541-089-3
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Nancy Oswald

Hides Inside is thirteen winters—old enough to yearn to be a warrior. His brother, Standing Tall, has given him the first lesson, “A Cheyenne does not fight his own people.” Not even when other boys taunt him because he cannot speak.

On a dim night during the season of the hard face moon, Hides Inside witnesses the unprovoked attack on the Cheyenne that came to be known as the Sand Creek Massacre. His determination to join a warrior society is hardened, but will he follow Standing Tall in the ways of peace?

In her second work of historical fiction, Nancy Oswald again turns to the clash of cultures that was an inevitable part of the settling of the American frontier. Her previous novel, Nothing Here But Stones, received a WILLA Award in 2005.

Hard Face Moon received EVVY Awards from Colorado Independent Publishers Association in both Juvenile and Technical categories.

"Hard Face Moon is a heartrending story of broken promises, close to the earth and sky and to the heart of the Cheyenne people. It is an important look at one of the most shameful events in the history of the American West."
— Mary Peace Finley, author of The Santa Fe Trail Trilogy

"Hard Face Moon is an exciting and enlightening read for ages 10 and up. Through the eyes of a 13 year old Cheyenne boy and his friends, Nancy Oswald tells the sorrowful story of the Sand Creek Massacre."
— Patrick Mendoza, Storyteller/Singer, author of Song of Sorrow: the Massacre at Sand Creek

"In the end, the boys become men, not by being great hunters, or archers, or warriors - as they have always dreamed they would - but by the simple act of helping their brethren seek shelter. It is a moral worthy of a great children's book."
— Martha Quillen. Colorado Central Magazine

"Hard Face Moon is a beautifully written novel with fully realized characters and a plot that includes a real life historic event, the Sand Creek Massacre. . . Ms. Oswald does a brilliant job describing the horrors of that day."
— Judge's comment. Colorado Author's League Top Hand Award

"...a treasure trove of detail on Cheyenne life and the uneasy relationship between the tribes, the soldiers and the settlers."
The Denver Post

Ages 10 and up
208 pages
Hard cover with dust jacket
Trim: 5.5" by 8.5"
Publication date: 2008

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