Free with Museum Admission
Recommended for ages 9–12 and their adults
In conjunction with our exhibition World War I Beyond the Trenches, author Clare Vanderpool will join us via Skype to discuss her 2011 Newbery Award-winning novel that interweaves a story of the Great Depression with a story of the World War I era. Families will also go on a guided mini-tour of the exhibition!
About Moon Over Manifest
For the summer of 1936, Abilene Tucker has been sent to live with a family friend in Manifest, Kansas, while her father works a railroad job. The town seems dreary until a mysterious box of keepsakes turns up and sends Tucker and her two new friends down a path of adventure, spies, and discoveries about Abilene’s father’s past. Though it’s set in the 1930s and vividly portrays the struggles of immigrant coal miners against the KKK, the story of the keepsakes takes Abilene and readers through the WWI era. Earning multiple starred reviews and awards, including the 2011 Newbery Award, this “rich and rewarding” novel “weaves humor and sorrow into a complex tale involving murders, orphans, bootlegging, and a mother in hiding.” (Booklist, starred review)