Reviews for Moon over Manifest


Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #6
Parked for the summer of 1936 in the small town of Manifest, Kansas, twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker goes looking for clues to her father's past and ends up finding her own future. In contrast to the many secrets and mysteries Abilene discovers -- some revolving around letters she finds from 1918, others centered on present-day Manifest -- she herself is an endearingly transparent character, and narrator Lamia channels h r to perfection. Lamia differentiates characters with subtlety and skill, while any confusion arising from the time shift is eliminated by switching to different (equally engaging) narrators for the chapters set in 1918. A commendable audiobook production of Vanderpool's multi-layered, openhearted Newbery Medal winner. martha v. parravano Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 October

Gr 5-8--Clare Vanderpool's captivating novel (Delacorte, 2010) begins with a melody of railroad travelers evoking the spirit of the 1930's Depression era. Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker, the daughter of restless railroad worker Gideon Tucker, has been sent to Manifest, Kansas, for the summer. Manifest was her father's home for a time during his boyhood. With the help of Shady, the "interim pastor," and Miss Sadie, the diviner, Abilene makes friends and discovers the town's secrets as well as those her father has left behind. She finds a box of treasures, and their stories fill in the details about Manifest's citizens and answer Abilene's questions about her father. Jenna Lamia, the main narrator, provides an engaging presentation of the story that jumps back and forth between 1918 and 1936. She adroitly voices Abilene. Narrators Kirby Heyborne and Cassandra Campbell capably read the letters written by Ned Gillen, a young soldier from Manifest serving in France during World War I, and the clippings from Manifest Herald. The narration's pace and emotion are spot-on. Action scenes move along quickly, while Abilene's inner monologues over Miss Sadie's stories and the information she has gained are measured and thoughtful. A rewarding listen.--Ann Brownson, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston

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