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Moon Over Manifest

Vanderpool, Clare

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Moon Over Manifest
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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. Over the summer she pieces together his story. 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.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385738835
0385738838
9780375896163
0375896163
9780385907507
0385907508
Characteristics: viii, 351 p. ;,22 cm.

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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. Over the summer she pieces together his story. Having heard stories about... Read More »

List - My Ideal Bookshelf by: JCLLynnW Mar 04, 2014

Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her on a train ride to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out secrets about his past.I recommend it for reading aloud to seniors.

Comment by: 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... Read More »

Comment by: JCLBarbaraL Jan 25, 2011

Historical fiction-but with a mystery twist-great storytelling & fun.
While looking for clues about her father's past, 12-year-old Abilene Tucker finds a mysterious box of old letters sent from the battlefields of WWI along with some mementos-a fishing lure, a doll, a skeleton key-that lea... Read More »


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Jun 12, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

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.

Sep 13, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 22, 2013
  • davewhitaker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 10, 2012
  • okread rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

interesting characters, historical fiction. But it was a slow read. Book is on the 2013 Sequoyah List.

Nov 20, 2011
  • kevinjywang rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

okay

Oct 14, 2011
  • burleighsmith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Detective story with lots of agenda. Homey style (charming mix of pre-teen characters sorting through clues, etc.) recalls joys of children’s lit from decades past—for this aged reader. It setting is a big plus: fun to imagine life in SE Kansas during first part of last century. Vanderpool nIcely (entirely indirectly) likens America's early 20th wariness of foreigners (European, esp. German) with Americans' current phobia to new residents (especially from south) and Moslems.

Sep 08, 2011
  • AfrikasGirl rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

While this book is very predictable, Vanderpool deviates from the typical Childrens' book modus operandi, creating a refreshing and endearing novel. It is great to follow the lead character, a very average female, along her journey. However, at times the jumping from Abilenes' present day and the memories of the citizens of Manifest does not always flow. That aside, this book is great for children under 13 years old.

Apr 04, 2011
  • tickadou rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It was a good book!!!

Feb 25, 2011
  • lisajenn rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

While this book has many appealing factors (a fortune teller, a mystery, scams, breaking the law, etc.), I found that it took a lot of patience to get through its slow set-up.

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Jun 12, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"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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