Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

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Winner of the 2011 Newbery Award.

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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About Clare Vanderpool

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CLARE VANDERPOOL's debut novel, Moon Over Manifest, won the 2011 Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to children's literature. This second novel will continue to astound readers with Clare's incredible writing prowess.
Published October 12, 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 370 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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When 12-year-old Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kan., in 1936 to stay with her father's boyhood friend, little does she know her sojourn will take her back, via mesmerizing tales, newspaper clippings, curious mementoes and World War I letters, to Manifest as it was in 1918—and int...

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Set in 1936, this memorable coming-of-age story follows 12-year-old Abilene Tucker's unusual summer in her father's hometown of Manifest, Kans., while he's away on a railroad job. Having had an itiner

Sep 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Moon Over Manifest


Abilene Tucker and her father, Gideon, are poor folk in search of honest work and a hot meal.

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Suite 101

In this suspenseful sequel, Jack Osborne and his sister are captured by the drug cartel they've been hiding from.

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Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that this Newbery medal winner tells a nostalgic, robust story that takes place during the Great Depression (1936) with a secondary story that flashes back to the era of World War I (1917-1918).

Oct 12 2010 | Read Full Review of Moon Over Manifest

Palatine Public Library

Strong characterization and a distinctive voice make Moon Over Manifest a memorable debut novel...and the story behind this story is just as inspiring as the novel itself!.

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Youth Services Book Review

In this wonderful novel, it is the summer of 1936 and Abilene is 12 years old and being sent to stay in the town of Manifest, Kansas, a place she’s never been.

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