Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
To twelve-year-old Abilene, home is with her father – and wherever the train takes them. When her father sends her to stay with a friend in the small Kansas town of Manifest, she is certain it is only temporary. Abilene is also determined to find out more about her father and why he left Manifest all those year ago.
With the discovery of a box of trinkets and letters, and the help of her new friends, Abilene begins to piece together a story of Jinx and Ned – the previous owners of the box’s contents.
The author artfully weaves the stories of Manifest in the late 1910s and Abilene in 1936, using first person narrative, newspaper clippings, stories and letters.
The characters are well developed and complex. Miss Sadie, Jinx, Abilene…all are multidimensional and complex, much like the world in which they live.
The setting and language are perfectly attuned to the time periods of the story.
• Book group pick
• 2011 Newbery winner
• Debut author
I'm so glad that I bought this book. I do have to say, though, that when I see or hear the title I almost immediately start thinking the song Moon over Parma.