by Clare Vanderpool
Abilene and her daddy have been wanderers since the day she was born. Together,they have rode the rails, jumping on and off trains in and out of towns they would see once and then never again. But then Abilene hurt herself, and after she recovered her daddy sent her to live with old friends of his in Manifest, Kansas. But Manifest is more than it appears, and it might just hold the key to her father's past, and both of their futures.
Moon over Manifest is one of the best true tween books I have read in awhile. The writing is excellent, the characters well developed and appealing to readers young and old. The story is told mainly in present day (present day being about 1936), with stories of Manifest in her daddy's day told by the local Gypsy woman as visions. The result is a absolutely wonderful story about a town coming together during the hardest of times and being inspired to do so again. A fantastic read for tweens.
Age Level: 4-5th Grade
Genre: Historical Fiction