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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.
Authors: Vanderpool, Clare
Title: Moon over Manifest
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: viii, 351 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: 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.
Audience: 009-013.
Local Note: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 14 15
Core Youth
ISBN: 0385907508
9780385907507
0375896163
9780375896163
0385738838
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Comment by: JCLChrisK Report This 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.

Comment by: JCLBarbaraL Report This 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 lead her on a journey of discovery about her father, herself, and the fascinating characters she learns to know in Manifest, KS.


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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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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

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  • 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.

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  • bubbleman360 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

okay

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

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  • tickadou rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It was a good book!!!

Report This 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.

Report This Jan 28, 2011
  • m2 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is a sweet love letter to a small town in Kansas where WWI and the Influenza Epidemic and then the Depression and Dust Bowl hit hard. Beautiful. From a Newbery perspective, I was a bit underwhelmed. The main character's purpose is to yearn for her father, whose history has more color and depth -- you can tell the writer loved him (and maybe all the adult characters) best. The author uses a lot of novelistic stagecraft that other reviewers felt wove the two stories (father & daughter) together "seamlessly," but I felt it was creaky and obvious. Also, we could see the the secrets coming from a long way off, but were kept waiting and waiting for them which irritated me. However, the waiting for obvious secrets kept from the narrator too long has vaulted Rick Riordan to stardom, so maybe I am just cranky. Personally, I think Turtle In Paradise which was a Newbery Honor Book does what this book does better and more succinctly. Read it and see what you think. Some reviewers said it gains depth and strength from a second read.

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