Moon over Manifest

By: Clare Vanderpool

ISBN: 9780385907507

JLG Release: Jan 2011


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Secrets , Fathers , Diviners , Small town communities , Railroads , American immigrants , Coal mining , The Great Depression , Kansas

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Awards & Honors

2011 Newbery Medal Winner; 2011 ALA Notable Children’s Books, Older Readers; Top 10 Books for Youth, Historical Fiction: 2011; Children's Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Children's Choices - Best Books of 2011, Historical Fiction, ages 12-14; Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Children’s Books

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

History and fiction marry beautifully in this lively debut novel. It’s as if readers jump off the train in Manifest, KS, in 1936 with Abilene Tucker, 12, the feisty, likable, and perceptive narrator. She is there to live with Pastor Shady Howard, her father’s friend, while her father works on the railroad back in Iowa. An equally imp

History and fiction marry beautifully in this lively debut novel. It’s as if readers jump off the train in Manifest, KS, in 1936 with Abilene Tucker, 12, the feisty, likable, and perceptive narrator. She is there to live with Pastor Shady Howard, her father’s friend, while her father works on the railroad back in Iowa. An equally important story set during World War I is artfully intertwined. Since her mother went off on her own 10 years earlier, Abilene and Gideon have been alone. Though their life together is unsettled, their bond is strong. Shady’s place is shabby, but he is welcoming. The mystery about Manifest and Gideon unfolds after Abilene finds a box filled with intriguing keepsakes. It includes a letter dated 1917 to someone named Jinx from Ned Gillen that has a warning, “THE RATTLER is watching.” This starts Abilene, with the help of new friends Ruthanne and Lettie, on a search to learn the identity of the pair. The story cleverly shifts back and forth between the two eras. Abilene becomes connected to Miss Sadie, a “diviner” who slowly leads her through the story of Ned and Jinx. Though the girl is lonely, she adjusts to her new life, feeling sure that her father will come for her at summer’s end. The Ku Klux Klan and its campaign against the many immigrants working in the coal mines and the deplorable conditions and exploitation of these men provide important background. This thoroughly enjoyable, unique page-turner is a definite winner.—Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ

Junior Library Guild

  • A complex and suspenseful novel. The writing is excellent, with rich details and many unexpected reveals.
  • The story alternates between the years 1917–1918 and 1936 in fictional Manifest, Kansas. The town and the people who live there feel real; Abilene and Jinx are especially well-drawn characters.
  • Abilene’s
    • A complex and suspenseful novel. The writing is excellent, with rich details and many unexpected reveals.
    • The story alternates between the years 1917–1918 and 1936 in fictional Manifest, Kansas. The town and the people who live there feel real; Abilene and Jinx are especially well-drawn characters.
    • Abilene’s search for details about her father’s past propels the story: “All the weeks of feeling like Gideon had abandoned me. Trying to catch glimpses of who my father was, to find even one footprint in this town that I could recognize as his.”
    • The townspeople’s plan to outsmart the mine owners is both funny and exciting.
    • In her author’s note, Clare Vanderpool provides historical context and explains her connection to southeast Kansas. Family stories were the inspiration for many of the elements in the book.

Book Details

ISBN

9780385907507

First Release

January 2011

Genre

Fiction

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

272

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.3; Points: 12;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.3; Points: 20;

Lexile

Level 800L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Delacorte

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Secrets, Fathers, Diviners, Small town communities, Railroads, American immigrants, Coal mining, The Great Depression, Kansas,

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