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Moon Over Manifest

Moon Over Manifest


by Clare Vanderpool

Analysis: Genre

Historical Fiction

Moon Over Manifest is falls right smack dab in the historical fiction genre: it's set in the past (1936 and 1918), and it puts fictional characters against a real historical background. The end.

But what makes Moon Over Manifest an extra-fancy type of historical fiction is the way it weaves two real timelines—World War I and the Great Depression—into the fictional timeline of this fictional town of Manifest. Talk about complex.

Through the mix of history and fiction, we can better understand the real people who lived through those events, since we're plunked down among people just like them. It's almost like we get to join the community of Manifest, too. Hope Shady saved us some coffee…

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