Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Moon Over Manifest

Vanderpool, Clare. 2010. Moon Over Manifest. New York: Delacourt Press. ISBN 978-0-385-73883-5

Abilene Tucker arrives in Manifest, Kansas after being put on a train by her father feeling lost and alone.  Through the stories of Miss Sadie and mementos of the past, Abilene pieces together the life of her father and his place in Manifest.  Through the stories Abilene finds not only who her father was, but a home for them both.
Clare Vanderpool's first book is a wonderful web of time and place.  Strong character development enables the reader to feel as if they know the people of Manifest.  Interwoven story lines that jump from the present depression era to the past of WWI flow seamlessly and help to create a full and enriching historical experience.  Historical facts in the story are accurate and bring the setting and time periods to life.  The Newbery Award winning novel flows with language which accurately reflects the time and place of the setting and flows together to create the sense of a conversation.
Kirkus Starred Review- "readers will cherish every word "
Publishers Weekly Starred Review- " Replete with historical details "
Booklist Starred Review- "believable dialogue, vocabulary and imagery appropriate to time and place"
School Library Journal-"This thoroughly enjoyable, unique page-turner is a definite winner"
2011 Newbery Award Winner
Top 10 Best Kids Books, Historical Fiction - Instructor Magazine
2011 Kansas Notable Book Selection
Kirkus 2010 Best Books for Children

2011 Best Children's Book of the Year – Midwest Bookseller's Association

Visit the authors website:  http://clarevanderpool.com/home.html
Have students create time lines of the two story lines.

read more books about the depression:
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm
All the Kit American Girl Stories
Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Explore PBS.org and the American Experience
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/orphan/  (Orphan Trains)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/interview/rails-tales/ (Tales from the Rails- stories of teenage hobos)

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