Gail Francis, originally from Tobique First Nation, and her niece have teamed up to write Moonbeam, the story of an adventurous young girl who learns the story behind her own name.

Francis, a former teacher with experience in federal and band operated schools, says one of the reasons why she wrote the story was because there weren’t a lot of culturally-based stories for our kids to read. In addition, Francis said that she had a desire to highlight a piece of history that came before colonization. Tara Audibert, Francis’s niece and an animator and filmmaker, provided illustrations for Moonbeam.

The book was published in January of this year and was launched at the ARM Book Nook in Miramichi.