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Moon over Manifest



by
Clare Vanderpool

Edition
-
Publisher
Delacorte
Imprint
Delacorte
ISBN
9780385907507

Awards and 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
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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

272

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Dewey

F

AR

5.3: points 12

Lexile

800L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

20

JLG Release

Jan 2011

Book Genres


Topics

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

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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

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 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.

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 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

Praise & Reviews

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 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.

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 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

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