Read the following School Library Journal review of Moon Over Manifest and answer the following questions – use complete sentences. History and fiction marry beautifully in this lively debut novel. It's as if readers jump off the train in Manifest, KS, in 1936 with Abilene Tucker, 12, the feisty, likable, and perceptive narrator. She is there to live with Pastor Shady Howard, her father's friend, while her father works on the railroad back in Iowa. An equally important story set during World War I is artfully intertwined. Since her mother went off on her own 10 years earlier, Abilene and Gideon have been alone. Though their life together is unsettled, their bond is strong. Shady's place is shabby, but he is welcoming. The mystery about Manifest and Gideon unfolds after Abilene finds a box filled with intriguing keepsakes. It includes a letter dated 1917 to someone named Jinx from Ned Gillen that has a warning, "THE RATTLER is watching." This starts Abilene, with the help of new friends Ruthanne and Lettie, on a search to learn the identity of the pair. The story cleverly shifts back and forth between the two eras. Abilene becomes connected to Miss Sadie, a "diviner" who slowly leads her through the story of Ned and Jinx. Though the girl is lonely, she adjusts to her new life, feeling sure that her father will come for her at summer's end. The Ku Klux Klan and its campaign against the many immigrants working in the coal mines and the deplorable conditions and exploitation of these men provide important background. This thoroughly enjoyable, unique page-turner is a definite winner. 1. What major points about the book did the reviewer want to get across to the reader? 2. Is the title of the book and author noted in the review anywhere? 3. Is the theme of the book mentioned? If so, what is it? What does the literary term “theme” mean? 4. Does the author of the review mention the genre of the book and are details about how the book fits into the genre mentioned? 5. What does the reviewer like or dislike about the book's writing style? Is it funny? 6. Were there any quotes used? How did they help the review? 7. How does the reviewer feel about the book and how do you know? 8. What does the reviewer say about the setting of the book? 9. What information is given about the main characters? 10. How does the reviewer discuss the plot of the book? Is it long or short? 11. Everything discussed in the first 11 questions are things you need to consider for your book review. What style tips can you use that this reviewer used? How will you use this as a model for your book review?
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