The Moonstone Girls

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1960s & '70s,Contemporary

Brooke Skipstone

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In 1968, a seventeen-year-old queer girl traveled to Alaska disguised as a boy. At that time, queer was a slur, not a proud identity. Tracy fights to protect her gay brother from her father and being drafted. She also fights against rigid women's roles, racism, and the Vietnam War.


Adventure,Biographical,Drama,Family,Young Adult,LGBT,Romance

Short Summary

In 1967, Tracy believes she should have been a boy. When both high school teens are caught with gay partners, their lives and futures are endangered by their homophobic father as their mother struggles to defend them. Eventually, Tracy dresses as a boy and leaves her parents in turmoil.


San Antonio, Tx Denali National Park, Alaska

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Quest,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Nudity, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Tracy Franks (later Tracy Moonstone)

Age: 17

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Empathetic,Engaging,Educated,Leader,Sarcastic,Outspoken,Blunt,Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Spencer Franks (Tracy's brother)

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Underdog,Charming,Complex,Engaging,Educated,Insecure,Romantic,Skillful,Aspiring

Additional Character Details

Name: Arthur Franks (father)

Age: 44

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Confident,Decisive,Manipulative,Outspoken,Religious,Villainous,Masculine,Aggressive

Additional Character Details

Name: Moon Jacqueline Dust (known as Jackie - Tracy's lover and later wife)

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Complex,Empathetic,Engaging,Romantic,Skillful,Outspoken,Masculine,Unapologetic

About The Author

Brooke Skipstone is a multi-award winning author who lives in Alaska where she watches the mountains change colors with the seasons from her balcony. Where she feels the constant rush toward winter as the sunlight wanes for six months of the year, seven minutes each day, bringing crushing cold that lingers even as the sun climbs again. Where the burst of life during summer is urgent under twenty-four-hour daylight, lush and decadent. Where fish swim hundreds of miles up rivers past bear claws and nets and wheels and lines of rubber-clad combat fishers, arriving humped and ragged, dying as they spawn. Where danger from the land and its animals exhilarates the senses, forcing her to appreciate the difference between life and death. Where the edge between is sometimes too alluring. The MoonStone Girls is her fourth novel. Visit her website at for information about her first three novels—Crystal’s House of Queers, Some Laneys Died, and Someone To Kiss My Scars.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: LGBT Leaning,Female Leaning

Group Specific

LGBTQ community

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Skipstone Publishing

Year Published: 2022 Feb 14

Hard Copy Available







Tracy and her brother realize they are gay, much to the disappointment of there father. Tracy experiments with men’s clothing and meets a beautiful girl who she begins to form a relationship with. She decides to go to Alaska and falls for Jackie. They build a beautiful life together, having children and making music.

Overall Rating


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Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

It is accurate.

Draw of Story

Tracy is a great character. She was bold and brave for her time. The fact that her and her brother were dealing with the same things was heartwarming because they had a supportive relationship.

Possible Drawbacks

Overall, the story is well written with a good pace and structure. It was informative and heartwarming. There was nothing outstanding that made me want to put the book down. There was a moment when Tracey plays down Look Who is Coming to Dinner compared to her struggles of openly dating. It would be important to not negate another group's struggles as lesser to your own.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Tracy is trying to be her true self at a time when the world did not accept LGBTQAI people. She doesn’t accept the way the world is, but goes out to fulfill her life with love and happiness. I would watch this movie for the inspiring love story and heartwarming ending.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase. LGBTQAI stories still do not draw in larger audiences, however. Many are not marketed to mainstream audiences. The story is well written and is inspiring and heartwarming.

Awards Potential

This doesn’t have awards potential. It is a heartwarming story but doesn’t present anything new or overly unique for a film. It will gain audience recognition over critical acclaim.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The core of this story is not very original. Essentially, it is a coming of age story about a young person finding her true self. This story deals with the LGBTQAI community and finding acceptance at a time when it was heavily frowned upon. It stands out because of the time it is set and the long lasting love story it explores.

Lead Characters

Tracy is courageous and determined. She stands up to her father and fights for her brother. She ventures out into the world, exploring, living and loving. She is a strong lead character that would be inspiring to audiences.

Uniqueness of Story

This is an above average story that serves representation and inspiration for the LGBTQAI community. It is full of life challenges, adventures, difficult moments and acts of forgiveness. It does have elements that set it apart from other coming of age stories, it stays true to the genre.

Possible Formats

Film: Studio, Indie, Streaming TV Series: Limited Run / Mini-Series

Analyst Recommendation



This story is a consider because it is a feel good story that would be entertaining and embraced by audiences. It satisfies the call for more representation in the media focusing on the struggles of LGBTQAI people.