Moon Over Manifest (Kindle edition)
368 Pages – Ages 12+
Published in 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Winner of the 2011 John Newbery Medal for the “most distinguished contribution to American
literature for children.”
12-year old Abilene Tucker was sent to Manifest, Kansas by her father because he had to go work for the railroad and couldn’t look after her. He sent her to live with Shady Howard, a friend of her fathers, who was an ex-bartender reverend of a church in an ex-bar (does that make him a revertender?). She was used to a hard life on the road with her father and didn’t know how she would like Manifest, the town where her father grew up. Abilene wanted to learn more about the town and her Dad’s childhood so, with her two new friends Lettie and Ruthanne, Abilene investigated the town’s past by reading old newspapers and talking to the town’s people. They also got into a hunt for a spy (THE RATTLER) that started decades ago. Slowly Abilene learned about the town, the people in it, her Dad and some secrets that they all had.
It was a good book. The story was very good but I also learned a lot about how some immigrants were treated when they got to the United States. Sometimes parents got separated from their children -some family members were allowed to stay in the USA while others were sent back if they were sick. I also learned about how immigrants made the United States a really cool place and how a lot of different people lived together and sometimes had problems but sometimes got along well. Abilene was a good character and I liked reading about how she uncovered the stories about Manifest’s and her Dad’s past.