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Moon Over Manifest

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Dec 27, 2011 | 384 Pages
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    Dec 27, 2011 | 384 Pages | Middle Grade (8-12)

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    Oct 12, 2010 | 368 Pages | Middle Grade (8-12)

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    Oct 12, 2010 | 272 Pages | Middle Grade (8-12)

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Starred review, BOOKLIST, October 15, 2010:
After a life of riding the rails with her father, 12-year-old Abilene can’t understand why he has sent her away to stay with Pastor Shady Howard in Manifest, Missouri, a town he left years earlier; but over the summer she pieces together his story. In 1936, Manifest is a town worn down by sadness, drought, and the Depression, but it is more welcoming to newcomers than it was in 1918, when it was a conglomeration of
coal-mining immigrants who were kept apart by habit, company practice, and prejudice. Abilene quickly finds friends and uncovers a local mystery. Their summerlong “spy hunt” reveals deep-seated secrets and helps restore residents’ faith in the bright future once promised on the town’s sign. Abilene’s first-person narrative is intertwined with newspaper columns from 1917 to 1918 and stories told by a diviner, Miss Sadie, while letters home from a soldier fighting in WWI add yet another narrative layer. Vanderpool weaves humor and sorrow into a complex tale involving murders, orphans, bootlegging, and a mother in hiding. With believable dialogue, vocabulary and imagery appropriate to time and place, and welldeveloped characters, this rich and rewarding first novel is “like sucking on a butterscotch. Smooth and sweet.”

Starred review, KIRKUS REVIEWS, September 15, 2010:
“Readers will cherish every word up to the heartbreaking yet hopeful
and deeply gratifying ending.”

Starred review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, September 27, 2010:
“Replete with historical details and surprises, Vanderpool’s debut delights,
while giving insight into family and community.”

“Ingeniously plotted and gracefully told.”

From the Hardcover edition.


ALA Notable Children’s Book WINNER

NCSS/CBC Notable Children’s Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies WINNER

Newbery Medal Winner WINNER

Young Adult Services Division, School Library Journal Author Award WINNER

Bank Street Child Study Children’s Book Award NOMINEE

Indiana Young Hoosier Award NOMINEE

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award NOMINEE

New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Award NOMINEE

Ohio Buckeye Children’s Book Master List NOMINEE

Oklahoma Sequoyah Children’s Book Award NOMINEE

Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award NOMINEE

ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings SELECTION 2012

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