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Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
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Jul 15, 2011

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** spoiler alert ** A Newberry? Really? Is this one I'm missing, or is it just too American for me? Yes, another historical fiction warm-hearted orphan story illuminating small-town Midwest America (Kansas) in 1918 and in 1936. It covers WWI, the Depression and hobos, immigrants, racism, the Klu Klux Klan, and small-town politics..... Told via first-person narrative in 1936, flashback stories to 1918, 1918 newspaper clippings, and letters from 1918. A town comes together in a far-fetched plot to foul the ugly mine owners. (Reminds me of Stop the Train by McCaughrean). I just can't see my students in Singapore getting a grip on it.

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