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Tween Tuesday: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Historical

Release Date: 10/12/2010

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About the Book: Abilene has just arrived in her father's old stomping grounds, Manifest, KS. He doesn't think hopping trains and traveling is a good life for a young lady, so he's sent Abilene to Manifest, a town he stayed in as a boy. In her room she stumbles across a box with mementos and a box of letters from a boy named Ned, who lived in Manifest the same time as Abilene's father-and who claims a spy once lived in Manifest. As she gets to know the town, the people and Manifest, Abilene uncovers the truth she is looking for and more. Told in various time periods with different narrators, Moon Over Manifest is the story of a girl and a town and how the two can change each other.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I wasn't familiar with this book until the January ALA when it was announced that Moon Over Manifest was this year's Newbery winner. The crowd was stunned and confused since this was a quiet little book that didn't receive much attention when it was released. I'm so glad it caught the Newbery committee's eye! It's a fantastic debut that deserves lots of attention.

The book is told mainly from Abilene's point of view (in the 1930's), but we also hear from the past (1917-1918) through newspaper articles, letters and Miss Sadie's "divining". The stories connect and it was a bit predicitable how the stories would weave together, That didn't matter though-I still enjoyed the book and was eager to see how everything would tie together. I loved the flashes to the past and how the author would relate what was in Abliene's present to what she had learned about.

This book had the feel of a classic and is a lovely old fashioned book that I want to read again and share with others. I listened to this on audio and I loved that the audiobook featured different narrators for different aspects of the book. This added to the richness of the story and made the whole book really come alive.

I'm glad this one won the Newbery so it's getting attention it deserves. A wonderful pick for the Newbery!


  1. Glad to hear you liked and recommend this one. Honestly, I was turned off by the cover. I'll give it a fair shake now :)

  2. Great review. I have been meaning to get this one read since the Newbery announcement too!

  3. I'm so glad you reviewed a book that is one of my favorites of this year. So gorgeously written. It definitely deserved the Newbery.

  4. I read this one as soon as I heard about the Newbery, and I loved it. I loved the small town feel of it, and that aspect reminded me a little bit of To Kill a Mockingbird. I recommended it to one of our sixth grade teachers, and she not only loved it but thought it was perfect for a classroom novel, so we will be buying a class set for her as soon as we can get it in paperback!

  5. I was thinking of posting my review of this today too! But yours is so excellent, maybe I'll wait a little while so mine isn't sucky by comparison :)

  6. I loved this book too. And the idea of the audio with multiple voices is making me jealous that I READ it instead of listening to it!

  7. I just finished the book and loved it.

  8. I agree that this book reads like a classic, with humor, suspense, triumph, and tragedy. Clare Vanderpool uses wonderful imagery to transport the reader back in time and characters are crafted with such depth and detail that they almost come alive. You can't help but root for the plucky and lovable main character Abilene! I had the good fortune to interview the author for my blog. Check it out at

  9. Small Review-Yeah, the cover isn't my favorite. I hope it gets reworked in paperback! But the story is wonderful!

    Jana-Let me know what you think when you read it!:)

    LinWash-it is so beautifully written and I loved the way everything came together-so wonderful!

    Anne-I think this one would be perfect for the classroom and it has so much in the story I think it will appeal to a wide range of readers.

    Melissa-:-P Whatever! Post your review-I want to know what you thought!:)

    Janssen-Yes, the audio was fantastic!! I highly recommend it!

    Nise-YAY! So glad you liked it!!

    Jen-That's awesome-I'll check it out! She's from Kansas, so she'll be at the Missouri State Library Conference this year which I'm looking foward to. I can't wait to hear her talk about her book!

  10. I liked hearing your thoughts on this one- I've been wanting to read it, but haven't found the time, with everything else I'm reading. Glad to hear the audiobook is good- I'll definitely see if I can pick it up! That would be a convenient way to make sure I read this one.


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