Abstract 13-Volume 7, Number 3, Winter 2012

Moon Over Manifest: Written by Clare Vanderpool

Ashley G.  Lucas

Towson University

Heather Hagan

Indiana University



Moon Over Manifest is a Newbery Award winning novel that focuses on the adventures of Abilene Tucker in Manifest, Kansas in 1936.  The book travels back and forth between 1918-1919 and 1936.  The book is part detective story and part coming of age.  It is rich in social studies themes.  Among its themes are WWI, prohibition, the Great Depression, segregation, the influenza epidemic, immigration, and the working conditions in coalmines.  This lesson plan provides examples of activities for students to learn about the historical themes in the book and to conduct an oral history project.


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