Moon over Manifest

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      American Library Association, 2010.
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      * Moon over Manifest. By Clare Vanderpool. Oct. 2010. 368p. Delacorte, $16.99 (9780385738835); lib. ed., $19.99 (9780385907507). Gr. 5-8. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] After a life of riding the rails with her [...]
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      Copyright 2010 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.
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      ISAACS, K. Moon over Manifest. Booklist, [s. l.], v. 107, n. 4, p. 63, 2010. Disponível em: Acesso em: 8 ago. 2020.
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      Isaacs K. Moon over Manifest. Booklist. 2010;107(4):63. Accessed August 8, 2020.
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      Isaacs, K. (2010, October 15). Moon over Manifest. Booklist, 107(4), 63.
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      Isaacs, Kathleen. 2010. “Moon over Manifest.” Booklist, October 15.
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      Isaacs, K. (2010) ‘Moon over Manifest’, Booklist, 15 October, p. 63. Available at: (Accessed: 8 August 2020).
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      Isaacs, Kathleen. “Moon over Manifest.” Booklist, vol. 107, no. 4, Oct. 2010, p. 63. EBSCOhost,
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      Isaacs, Kathleen. “Moon over Manifest.” Booklist, October 15, 2010.
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      Isaacs K. Moon over Manifest. Booklist [Internet]. 2010 Oct 15 [cited 2020 Aug 8];107(4):63. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2010 October #2

*Starred Review* 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 well-developed characters, this rich and rewarding first novel is "like sucking on a butterscotch. Smooth and sweet." Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring

It's 1936 and Abilene's father, himself looking for work, sends her to his hometown of Manifest, Kansas, to live with Pastor Shady, a bootlegger-turned-preacher. There Abilene uncovers secrets about her family and the entire community. The setting jumps between the Depression era and WWI; mysterious letters and enlightening newspaper articles help set the scene for this captivating tale. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2010 September #4

Set in 1936, this memorable coming-of-age story follows 12-year-old Abilene Tucker's unusual summer in her father's hometown of Manifest, Kans., while he's away on a railroad job. Having had an itinerant upbringing, Abilene is eager to connect to her father's childhood, a goal that proves difficult. The immigrant town has become rundown, but is populated with well-developed, idiosyncratic characters and has a dynamic past involving the KKK, an influenza scare, and a bootlegging operation. Manifest's history emerges in stories recounted by Miss Sadie (a Hungarian medium) and in news columns written in 1917 by Hattie Mae Harper, "Reporter About Town." With new friends Lettie and Ruthanne, Abilene pieces together the past, coming to understand, as Miss Sadie says, that "maybe what you're looking for is not so much the mark your daddy made on this town, but the mark the town made on your daddy." Witty, bold, and curious, Abilene is as unforgettable as the other residents of Manifest, and the variety of voices allows the town's small mysteries to bloom. Replete with historical details and surprises, Vanderpool's debut delights, while giving insight into family and community. Ages 9–12. (Oct.)

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