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Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
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Oct 07, 11

bookshelves: juvenile-chapter-books, listened-to-audiobook
Read from September 20 to October 04, 2011

The storytelling in this book is extremely solid. While the protagonist is Abeline, the well-roundedness of secondary characters populating the town of Manifest, KS, both in 1917 and 1936, is what makes the book interesting reading. It makes the political (World War I and the Great Depression) deeply personal, and the reader (or listener if you experience this tale as I did) empathizes with the people involved. I was fortunate enough to meet the author at the Missouri Library Association today. I enjoyed hearing how Clare Vanderpool pulled from her family stories for inspiration. Due to this, I feel like the book succeeded in terms of being interesting for a multitude of ages and avoiding the trap of sounding simplistic or condescending due to the young intended audience.
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Batsheva I loved it! Also, "Manifest" is based on Frontenac, KS, a little town down near Pittsburg in the SE corner of the state.


Anna Francesca So far, I am enjoying the audiobook. The quirky town and plucky protagonist remind me of The Higher Power of Lucky. Then again, I may just be thinking "Newberry."


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