1. I’m not sure that this would be one that would grab and keep me but I do like the premise and I DO like books set during the Great Depression. I think that’s because it’s hard for me to get my mind around the idea that there was a decade of such great hardships. Anyway, I like hearing about these new titles from you.

  2. I really like reading books set during the Great Depression because my grandmother grew up during this time and experienced many hardships living in SD. Her stories of the dust bowl are very interesting to me. Surprisingly, my grandfather is the same age as my grandmother, but his experiences here in WI were much much less harsh than what my grandmother experienced.

  3. Glad to see your review of this, and thanks for linking to my review, too! Like you, I appreciated the complexity of the plot and characterization, and also thought that the book wasn’t quite polished enough. Glad to “know” someone else who enjoys trying to keep up with Newbery books!

  4. I enjoyed this book too. I only read about 2/3 of it (b/c of time constraints in trying to get through the Cybils nominees before we picked finalists), but I liked it. However, Turtle in Paradise was MUCH more kid-friendly, and since that’s a big criteria, that was a better one to focus on.

    I felt that they were very similar, but Turtle seemed much more accessible (as well as appropriate for a wider audience).

    I do think that Moon Over Manifest is great kid-LIT, so I don’t argue at all with the selection 🙂

  5. You terrified me! I have a goal of reading the Cybils shortlists this year, and I thought I had missed a category. I had to reread your post to realize this was a nominee, not a finalist.

    I do try to read the Newbery winners as well, but often I’ll wait. I think my sixth grader’s English class is focussing on depression era historical fiction, so maybe I’ll dangle this is front of him.

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