I was looking for a great book to read this summer to my kids and I started to scour the internet for great recommendations. I decided to start reading reviews on books that have won a Newberry Award. After sifting through a lot of them I decided to go with Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool.
It's the story of a 12 year old girl named Abilene. Her father sent her to live in Manifest while he went to work on the railroad. She lives with the Pastor and while she is in her room she finds a box of mementos and letters hidden in the floorboard. She goes on to start finding out the stories of each memento and also to discover the spy in the town.
The stories switches back and forth between 1936 and 1918. As it it progresses you start to find out more about the town and the people. One of my sons said it was like Encyclopedia Brown where you had to piece together the clues from the past stories to figure out what the girls were trying to discover.
To say we loved this book is an understatement, we LOVED this book. The day we finished it we read for over three hours because everyone had to find out what was going to happen. They begged for me to read it right through lunch.
I cried through the ending, none of my kids did, apparently I'm just getting old. It was an amazing book and I've been recommending it to everyone. Both my girls and boys liked it, which is always a huge bonus in our home.