Moon Over Manifest
This book is a sweet love letter to a small town in Kansas where WWI and the Influenza Epidemic and then the Depression and Dust Bowl hit hard. Beautiful. From a Newbery perspective, I was a bit underwhelmed. The main character's purpose is to yearn for her father, whose history has more color and depth -- you can tell the writer loved him (and maybe all the adult characters) best. The author uses a lot of novelistic stagecraft that other reviewers felt wove the two stories (father & daughter) together "seamlessly," but I felt it was creaky and obvious. Also, we could see the the secrets coming from a long way off, but were kept waiting and waiting for them which irritated me. However, the waiting for obvious secrets kept from the narrator too long has vaulted Rick Riordan to stardom, so maybe I am just cranky. Personally, I think Turtle In Paradise which was a Newbery Honor Book does what this book does better and more succinctly. Read it and see what you think. Some reviewers said it gains depth and strength from a second read.
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