Title: Moon Over Manifest
Author: Clare Vanderpool
Category: Juvenile Historical Fiction
Reading Level: Ages 10 - 14
The year is 1936 and 12 year old Abilene’s father has sent her to Manifest, Kansas to live with an old friend while he works for the railroad. What seems like a worn out town full of worn out people turns out to be so much more. As Miss Sadie says,” The person you encounter is often more than the person you see.” Every character in this book has a wonderful story. The book has stories told from several different people: Miss Sadie, Ned’s letters from 1917 and Hattie Mae's newspaper articles. As Abilene begins to uncover the secrets about the townspeople and her father, she discovers that she has a connection to all of them and a real place to belong. Moon Over Manifest was the 2011 Newbery Award Winner and our Juvenile Book Club choice for November.