The gold-medal winner, Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, is a debut novel about twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker. She's a rough-and-tumble Depression child, used to hopping trains, growing up without a mother. When her dad gets a job in a place he deems too rough for young ladies, he sends her to spend the summer with an old friend. She jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, her father's hometown, hoping to learn more about him by investigating his earlier life. The book features a full cast of colorful characters and a dual storyline that alternates between Manifest in the years 1939 and 1918 -- America's entry into WWI. An ambitious overview of US history in the early 1900s, and a lot of story, all in one package.
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