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Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Moon over Manifest (2010)

by Clare Vanderpool

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This is one of the best books I've read this year and I think it's ageless as far as the reading audience is concerned. I recommended it to my 90 year old father and he enjoyed it as much as I and the children at my school did. ( )
  cminter | Feb 22, 2015 |
Young adult novel set in the fictional town of Manifest Kansas in the 1930's. Manifest is based on the town of Frontenac, a mining town that was made up of immigrants (especially Italians). Told from the viewpoint of Abilene, a girl who has been sent to Manifest by her vagabond father. The story unfolds alternatively between Abilene's telling and the story of her father and his young days in Manifest as told by a local "diviner." ( )
  maryreinert | Jan 9, 2015 |
This book has a great storyline. One girls adventure to find out more information about her father such as where he grew up and when he will come back for. A heartwarming story of hope. I would recommend this book for older 4th grade children.
  mscrisso | Dec 10, 2014 |
Great book. Story of a young girl, Abilene Tucker, who is sent away by her father to a small town in Kansas in the 1930's. The stories chapters switch back and forth from Abby's 1936 to her father's world in Manifest in 1918. This story is historical fiction and supplies a little mystery as well. Vanderpool has well developed characters and junior high students will enjoy this Newbery Award winning book. ( )
  BathElementary | Oct 28, 2014 |
  mshampson | Oct 15, 2014 |
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To Mother and Daddy,
for loving a good story, and a good laugh,
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The movement of the train rocked me like a lullaby.
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The movement of the train rocked me like a lullaby. I closed my eyes to the dusty countryside and imagined the sign I’d seen only in Gideon’s stories: Manifest—a town with a rich past and a bright future.
Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was.

Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it’s just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos, including some old letters that mention a spy known as the Rattler. These mysterious letters send Abilene and her new friends, Lettie and Ruthanne, on an honest-to-goodness spy hunt, even though they are warned to “Leave Well Enough Alone.”

Abilene throws all caution aside when she heads down the mysterious Path to Perdition to pay a debt to the reclusive Miss Sadie, a diviner who only tells stories from the past. It seems that Manifest’s history is full of colorful and shadowy characters—and long-held secrets. The more Abilene hears, the more determined she is to learn just what role her father played in that history. And as Manifest’s secrets are laid bare one by one, Abilene begins to weave her own story into the fabric of the town.
Powerful in its simplicity and rich in historical detail, Clare Vanderpool’s debut is a gripping story of loss and redemption.

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Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.

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