When this book was announced as the 2011 Newbery, I was surprised because I had never heard of it. I quickly ordered a copy and have a free one coming soon. When the first copy came, I immediately started reading and loved it!!! I like how some of Abilene’s story was told in 1918 and some of it was set in 1936. This was an interesting approach to historical fiction, and I have never read a book quite like it. Moon Over Manifest is Abilene Tucker’s story of finding out who she is and where she came from. I think it is very impressive that a first-time author won the Newbery and it means that LOTS of people will read her book. I think that this book is deserving of the award and can’t wait to start reading potintial picks for next year!