|Name: Christopher Jimenez||Media Format: Book (eBook)|
|Title: Moon Over Manifest||Genre: Realistic fiction, Historical fiction, Mystery|
|Author: Clare Vanderpool||Selection Source: 2011 Newbery Medal|
|Publisher: Yearling||Recommended Audience Age: 8-12|
|Reading Recommendation: 3 out of 5|
|Curriculum Connections: Literature, Leisure, History, Politics|
Clare Vanderpool weaves Prohibition, World War I and a town of immigrants into a historical fiction about a town that rediscovers its roots by retelling the stories of their neighbors.
EvaluationWhile Abilene Tucker is not necessarily an orphan, she is abandoned by her father for the length of the story. He leaves her in the town of manifest and does not engage her in the story. She is left to wonder about the whys, whens, whats, and wheres of the town and his relationship with it.
This story is replete with literary devices like symbolism and foreshadow. The elements that are introduced in the first few chapters are shelved and reintroduced later on to complete the circle. This title would make an excellent companion to a literature class that is currently teaching these devices.