Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Newbery Medal Winner: Moon Over Manifest  
By Clare Vanderpool

Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2010. ISBN-10: 0385738838

Suitable for Kindergarten to Grade 4

When 12-year-old Abilene is sent to live with Pastor Shady Howard in the Depression-ridden town of Manifest, she begins to unravel the story of her own family and embarks on a summerlong “spy hunt.” With mysteries, murders, orphans, bootlegging and a mother in hiding, the feisty, likable and perceptive Abilene keeps the storyline moving and compelling.