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Moon Over Manifest (original 2010; edition 2011)

by Clare Vanderpool

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Title:Moon Over Manifest
Authors:Clare Vanderpool
Info:Yearling (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 368 pages
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Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (2010)

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Abilene is sent to Manifest by her father. They were a pair of grifters, but now she is living in a town with a mystery to solve.
  edwardcandler | Feb 12, 2017 |
I just reread the book after reading this summer and I really liked it so much better this time. The plot is very intricate so you have to pay attention. The plots move from 1918 to 1936 and back and the characters are so well developed. I do hurt for Abilene as she wants to know more about her father's past. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
This is a historical fiction story set in 1936 about a young girl named Abilene Tucker who travels to the town where her father grew up for the summer while he is away working on the railroad. During the summer spent in her father's hometown, she learns a lot about the past through the town fortune teller, Miss Sadie's stories. Abilene keeps herself busy by trying to solve a mystery with her friends Ruthanne and Lettie. Split up into multiple stories that all tie together in the end, this is a story about survival during the Great Depression and learning about yourself.

Teaching Connections: character study, historical fiction genre study (background information on the era of the Great Depression), making predictions, making connections, summarizing, making inferences, visualizing ( )
  EmmaNicolazzo | Dec 15, 2016 |
An excellent story, well written, entertaining and enlightening for it's historical context of the depression, prohibition and WW1. ( )
  trezzadude | Sep 7, 2016 |
Moon Over Manifest is a broad reaching story. Abilene Tucker (12) is sent to Manifest, Kansas by her father, who has gotten a job on the railroad in 1932, and needs to send her to a safe place for the summer. He trusts Shady, an odd character he knew in his childhood, to take care of his daughter.

But Abilene wants to use the time to find out more about her father, and what he was like as a child. However, he doesn't seem to have existed in this town. Although he grew up there, no trace of him is found.

Then Abilene begins to listen to stories told by an old Hungarian woman who remembers the times. But she will only tell stories her way. She isn't one for answering questions particularly. Between Miss Sadie's stories, and things Abilene and the two friends she made in town start discovering on their own, some questions get answered, but they usually lead to new questions.

It is a beautiful story, with vivid character development and wonderful plot twists (especially in the chapter "Day of Reckoning"). And every single little branch of the story is brought to a neatly wrapped conclusion. ( )
  fingerpost | Jul 11, 2016 |
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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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