Moon Over Manifest

Moon Over Manifest

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Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385907507
0385907508
9780385738835
0385738838
Branch Call Number: J VANDERP
Characteristics: 351 p. ; 22 cm

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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jul 15, 2015

Memorable characters and a clever plot weaving together two different time periods in a small Kansas town make for a really, really solid debut--I totally understand why it won the Newbery. I found myself struggling with this one a bit, though--technically it was impressive, and I think there are a lot of people who would loooove this book, but I don't think I was in the mood for it, because I struggled to engage with it a bit. Still, worth a read, because many kids would likely be less cranky about this than I was.

Loved this book. I like to read the Newbery winners even though I am no longer an elementary teacher. This book would make an excellent movie. The characters, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution are all absorbing and wonderful.

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bixby
Jun 12, 2014

Taking place in small-town Kansas during the summers of 1918 and 1936, the main character reminds me of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. I kept finding myself grinning as I read - a wonderful story!

Ariel2 Mar 09, 2014

A wonderful read for all age groups. At first I didn't find it particularly interesting and pretty well skimmed through until it hooked me. So just had to go back to read it over again! Certainly glad I didn't succumb to my initial impulse to abandon it.

JCLChrisK Sep 13, 2013

Oh, but this is good storytelling. All too unfortunately often, both "award-winning" and "historical fiction" can mean too dry and earnest to be widely appealing. That's not the case here. The characters are mischievous, down to earth, relatable, and fun. And while the book is first and foremost about the characters--their discovery of themselves and each other--it has plenty of mystery and adventure to create gripping suspense. Wonderful, approachable, and at times folksy language. It's a winner for good reason. Highly enjoyable and one I could recommend to many different readers.

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davewhitaker
Jun 22, 2013

My review here: http://writbywhit.blogspot.com/2013/05/musing-over-moon-over-manifest.html

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okread
Jul 10, 2012

interesting characters, historical fiction. But it was a slow read. Book is on the 2013 Sequoyah List.

kevinjywang Nov 20, 2011

okay

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burleighsmith
Oct 14, 2011

Detective story with lots of agenda. Homey style (charming mix of pre-teen characters sorting through clues, etc.) recalls joys of children’s lit from decades past—for this aged reader. It setting is a big plus: fun to imagine life in SE Kansas during first part of last century. Vanderpool nIcely (entirely indirectly) likens America's early 20th wariness of foreigners (European, esp. German) with Americans' current phobia to new residents (especially from south) and Moslems.

Lexicon_ Sep 08, 2011

While this book is very predictable, Vanderpool deviates from the typical Childrens' book modus operandi, creating a refreshing and endearing novel. It is great to follow the lead character, a very average female, along her journey. However, at times the jumping from Abilenes' present day and the memories of the citizens of Manifest does not always flow. That aside, this book is great for children under 13 years old.

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Jun 12, 2014

"The Lord himself knew the power of a good story. How it can reach out and wrap around a person like a warm blanket."
(p. 206, Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool)

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