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Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Moon over Manifest (2010)

by Clare Vanderpool

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Moon Over Manifest is about a girl, Abilene, who is sent to Manifest to work while her father works at a railroad back at her hometown. Her first day of school is the last day, because she moves around a lot. Back at Shady's house, the person's house she is staying at looks for a place to put her pouch that is hidden. She finds a loose floorboard and finds that it already has something in it; a Lucky Sugar box. That's how it gets started. I liked this book because Clare Vanderpool used very emotional words. I didn't like it because the way she describes it doesn't show much detail. ( )
  Aliceshah | Apr 30, 2016 |
Summary: This story is about a little girl who is sent to live with her fathers friend in Manifest, Kansas while he works for the summer. While Abilene is in Manifest she tries to discover who her father is and ends up going on adventures with her own friend to figure this out. As she is trying to figure out her fathers story she begins creating her own in this little town of Manifest, Kansas.
Personal Reaction: This is a great book for young adults to read. It was very entertaining and interesting, but simple and fun enough for a young adult to relate and have fun reading. Once I began reading I had a hard time putting the book down.
Classroom Extentions: This would be a good example of a book to read in order to get children thinking about their family and where they came from. How it takes a little investigating to figure things out. Also a great book to get the point across that in every situation you can make the best of it. ( )
  rachelnorton | Apr 17, 2016 |
I absolutely love this book! I have given it to all of my nieces and children of several of my friends. Although the protagonist is a girl, she is very much a tomboy and boys seem to enjoy the book as much as girls. It is full of adventure and shenanigans as well as historical tidbits surrounding small, rural, mining towns during the Depression.
  mtknick | Mar 4, 2016 |
Why, oh why, did this book win the Newbery Award? There's nothing "distinguished" about it. It's a very commonplace work of historical fiction. The main character has been sent to live with an old friend of her father's during the Great Depression. While there, she learns the town's history and a bit about her father's past. That's it. Bottom line: there's nothing special about this book. ( )
  EmilyRokicki | Feb 26, 2016 |
Narrated by Jenna Lamia, with Cassandra Campbell and Kirby Heyborne. Abilene’s father sends her to Manifest, Kansas, to live with his old friend Shady for the summer while he is on a railroad job. Abilene doesn’t know much about her father’s childhood and hopes to learn more about who he was. She discovers some old letters and mementos at Shady’s that look promising but no one in town seems to have anything to say about Gideon. Then Miss Sadie the diviner begins to share some interesting tales about Manifest’s past. Abilene becomes invested in the stories and eventually finds out the impact Gideon had on the town. Jenna Lamia’s voices the story with a down-home, plain-spoken voice. The kids sound age-appropriate young and Abilene sounds like a girl who’s had an itinerant lifestyle…a no-frills girl, everything is compact like a life on the road. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
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To Mother and Daddy,
for loving a good story, and a good laugh,
and for giving me a good life
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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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