Moon Over Manifest

Moon Over Manifest

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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. bilene 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. aving 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. bilene 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 i
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2010]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780385738835
Branch Call Number: J FIC Vande
Characteristics: viii, 351 pages ; 22 cm

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YLPLchildrens Jul 25, 2018

Flipping between the Great Depression and WWI, the mystery of Manifest unfolds as two halves of a story slowly intertwine. Fans of historical fiction will hang on each new detail as Abilene Tucker learns about her father’s childhood and helps bring an old town back to life.

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violet_llama_309
May 29, 2018

i loved this book. i got it for Christmas started it a week later and could not put it down. historical fiction at its finest. i just started reading navigating early and so far so good although its not this book

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wmtlady
Apr 27, 2018

Even though this is a "young adult" book, it is so well written and full of historical details that it is a sure hit with adults, also. That could explain the large number of people requesting to read it. Hang in there; it is worth the wait.

JCLBeckyC Nov 21, 2017

Leisurely-paced, character-driven, historical middle-grade fiction with a strong sense of place and a large cast of quirky characters. The audiobook is especially good. Readalikes: Because of Winn Dixie, Wolf Hollow, Absolutely Truly, To Kill a Mockingbird.

martha_w Jul 15, 2015

Memorable characters and a clever plot weaving together two different time periods in a small Kansas town make for a really, really solid debut--I totally understand why it won the Newbery. I found myself struggling with this one a bit, though--technically it was impressive, and I think there are a lot of people who would loooove this book, but I don't think I was in the mood for it, because I struggled to engage with it a bit. Still, worth a read, because many kids would likely be less cranky about this than I was.

Loved this book. I like to read the Newbery winners even though I am no longer an elementary teacher. This book would make an excellent movie. The characters, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution are all absorbing and wonderful.

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bixby
Jun 12, 2014

Taking place in small-town Kansas during the summers of 1918 and 1936, the main character reminds me of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. I kept finding myself grinning as I read - a wonderful story!

Ariel2 Mar 09, 2014

A wonderful read for all age groups. At first I didn't find it particularly interesting and pretty well skimmed through until it hooked me. So just had to go back to read it over again! Certainly glad I didn't succumb to my initial impulse to abandon it.

JCLChrisK Sep 13, 2013

Oh, but this is good storytelling. All too unfortunately often, both "award-winning" and "historical fiction" can mean too dry and earnest to be widely appealing. That's not the case here. The characters are mischievous, down to earth, relatable, and fun. And while the book is first and foremost about the characters--their discovery of themselves and each other--it has plenty of mystery and adventure to create gripping suspense. Wonderful, approachable, and at times folksy language. It's a winner for good reason. Highly enjoyable and one I could recommend to many different readers.

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davewhitaker
Jun 22, 2013

My review here: http://writbywhit.blogspot.com/2013/05/musing-over-moon-over-manifest.html

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Jun 12, 2014

"The Lord himself knew the power of a good story. How it can reach out and wrap around a person like a warm blanket."
(p. 206, Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool)

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