I loved this book! Not only did it hold my interest, but it wove two stories into one in such a way that neither could exist without the other. I could hear the sounds and smell the aromas described in the book. The imagery was well done and so was the character development.
The fact that the audio book used multiple readers to tell the story really added to it as well. While it's won awards for juvenile fiction, the story of longing and love is appropriate for any aged reader.
I have read Water for Elephants, The Help, and the Secret Life of Bees and many similarly good books and I enjoyed this book equally as much!
Do yourself a favor---step back in time and enjoy getting to know Abilene, Jinx and Miss Shady. Moon Over Manifest is a fabulous book!
Great word choice and delightful characters!
"If you don't like how it is, then fix it!"
How many times have we heard that, only to begrudgingly choose to live with the situation rather than change it? When Early offers the advice to Jack we begin to understand how Early's view of the world is influenced, not by what he can't control, ---but rather by the things he can. His fearlessness is admirable and his sense of determination even more so.
This narrator has a wonderful way of making you feel like you are a part of the story --rather than someone who is just being read to.
I loved how this book transported me to a time and place from my own childhood where the words of adults didn't always make sense ---until given the opportunity to observe those words in action.
If you loved hearing the colloquialisms, metaphors, similes, and "ways" of the adults who empowered you as a child, then you will love this book. The tried and true sayings and the words of wisdom resonated on a deeper level for me. They reminded me of the people who shaped my own thinking.
I am a big fan of Clare Vanderpool's first book and loved this one equally as much. While I am no longer a classroom teacher, I do know that students love being read to. This book would be an amazing read aloud. It offers strong imagery, great descriptions and fun colloquialisms that help add color and depth to the story.
The use of Pi as a character, rather than just a math reference, offers a parallel reflection for how Early is really feeling. It helps the reader both understand what has happened and the foreboding of what is coming.
I appreciated the way the two main characters both searched for what they had lost, ---Early for his brother, and Jack for the loving memory of his mother and the pain of a disconnected father. Watching both characters grow as the story unravels helps the reader understand their respective sense of loss and how they each grapple with it.
Do yourself a favor --give this book a chance. You won't be disappointed.
I loved this book. It sucks you in from the very beginning. If you enjoy historical fiction, then don't miss reading this book. It's a good one!
This is the third in the series written by this author. It's a well crafted story that brings WWII to the Midwest. I really liked it.
I loved this book, too. It's the second one I have read from this author. She does a nice job of developing her characters and also weaving the story line into a well crafted book. I would recommend this book if you like similar types of books by authors like Janette Oke
I liked this book so much I followed up with her second and third books in this series. It's a nice story and so are the other two.
I loved this book! It not only speaks to the heart and soul of the reader, but also serves to help better understand what has occurred in Afghanistan the past three decades. I enjoyed The Kite Runner and find this book just as compelling.
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