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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

A Must Read

Sometimes you know why a book is an award winner and sometimes you don't. In the case of Moon Over Manifest (Newbery Award winner), a debut novel by Clare Vanderpool, it is evident from page one that you are reading a wonderful book. The story itself, the characters, th...
Sometimes you know why a book is an award winner and sometimes you don't. In the case of Moon Over Manifest (Newbery Award winner), a debut novel by Clare Vanderpool, it is evident from page one that you are reading a wonderful book. The story itself, the characters, the writing all combine into a beautifully woven tale about Abilene Tucker, sent by her father, Gideon, to Manifest, Kansas for the summer of 1936 while he goes off to work on the railroad, a dangerous place for a twelve year old girl.

Hitching train rides with her father since she was tiny, Abilene jumps the train before it rolls into the Manifest depot. According to her, it's best to get the lay of the land ahead of time. Gideon had lived in Manifest for a time as a boy and has entrusted Abilene to the care of Shady, the town barkeep (in the time of Prohibition) and (long-term) interim preacher. Shady, knowing Gideon and his traveling habits, meets Abilene as she walks into town, calm as can be.

She, and we, are immediately introduced to Hattie Mae Harper, the town's newspaper reporter and author of the column Hattie Mae's News Auxiliary. Abilene begins to get an uneasy feeling about Gideon and his returning to get her from the whispering going on between Shady and Hattie Mae.

The following day is the last day of school for the summer and oddly enough, Shady makes Abilene attend-to get to know the local kids. Another omen regarding Gideon's return. There she befriends Ruthanne and Lettie who become her best friends.

Crucial to the story is Miss Sadie, a diviner or reader of the earth and its surroundings, who while Abilene tends her garden, tells a tale of Manifest during1917 and 1918, focusing in on two boys, Ned and Jinx and their adventures, travails and dreams. How Ned and Jinx fit into the Manifest of 1936 and the lives of Abilene and Shady is slowly, lovingly unveiled. And, yes, there might have been a tear or two in my eye when I read the last chapter.

If I were to ponder forever, I don't think I could think of a way to improve Moon Over Manifest. One can tell it's a labor of love. Every character is just right from Miss Sadie to Abilene and Shady, to the mean Mr. Devlin, owner of the local coal mine. The interspersing of history (Prohibition, World War I, the horrid conditions under which coal miners worked, the Midwest draught) with the lives of the townspeople to the beliefs of the times about such things as elixirs and hair tonic make Moon Over Manifest fascinating.

Ms. Vanderpool's wordsmithing couldn't be better. She manages to create suspense, humor, love and heartache in her marvelous story. So take the time to treat yourself. Get carried away in Moon Over Manifest. There are many authors writing books these days. However, there are few 'storytellers' in that grand old tradition and Clare Vanderpool should now be included in their ranks.

posted by EdNY on April 25, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

13 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

A Kids Review - Kind Of Hard To Keep Up

I have only been really doing a lot of reading for about a year now. In this book, Abilene is cool and when she finds an old cigar box with some letters in that that give reference to a spy called Rattler, Abilene and her friends start a spy hunt. This was my first sh...
I have only been really doing a lot of reading for about a year now. In this book, Abilene is cool and when she finds an old cigar box with some letters in that that give reference to a spy called Rattler, Abilene and her friends start a spy hunt. This was my first shot at trying to get into a mystery that also had historical aspects in the book on the recommendation of my teacher. I did get through the book; but, I wouldn't recommend this book for kids my age that have been reluctant readers. If you love reading and have been for years, you will like this book! Tex

posted by TexRogers on January 16, 2011

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

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    A Kids Review - Kind Of Hard To Keep Up

    I have only been really doing a lot of reading for about a year now. In this book, Abilene is cool and when she finds an old cigar box with some letters in that that give reference to a spy called Rattler, Abilene and her friends start a spy hunt. This was my first shot at trying to get into a mystery that also had historical aspects in the book on the recommendation of my teacher. I did get through the book; but, I wouldn't recommend this book for kids my age that have been reluctant readers. If you love reading and have been for years, you will like this book! Tex

    13 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Must check it out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Abilene Tucker is a twelve year old girl who jumped off a train

    Abilene Tucker is a twelve year old girl who jumped off a train in Manifest, Kansas. Abilene has come to Manifest because of the injury on her leg, and doesn’t want to interfere with her father. She was sent to live with an old friend, Shady. Abilene soon meets Lettie and Ruthanne, both cousins. They are trying to find out who the ‘Rattler’ is. While that takes place, Abilene goes to Ms. Sadie, who only tells stories about the past. Abilene is wanting to know about what her father was like as a boy. Manifest is full of characters and history full of secrets.
    I’m giving Moon Over Manifest three out of five stars. The book is really confusing, since it goes back and forth from present day to the past. There are to many characters to keep track of. If I knew what I know, I wouldn’t have read Moon Over Manifest. But overall, it’s a pretty good book.

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  • Posted July 11, 2013

    Very well written and clever I enjoyed it reading it from start

    Very well written and clever I enjoyed it reading it from start to finish. I would recommend this book to anyone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

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    Just OK

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Fine

    It was fine

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  • Posted November 25, 2012

    This story is set in the depression. A little twelve year old g

    This story is set in the depression. A little twelve year old girl named Abilene Tucker, in which her father has recently shipped her off to a small town called Manifest. This book will educate readers about World War I and the Great Depression. It also impacts a message about the importance of supporting one another, sharing, and always being able to listen to each person's personal life story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Interesting Story

    I read this book a year ago for a school project thinking it would be long and not very interesting, but it turns out to be a very interesting book. I enjoyed this book and would recomend it to other people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Good!

    It was good, but it took a really long time to get to the good parts!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    A bit slow

    This book, overall was very good and had an interesting plot line and was wonderful in every way but it was a bit too slow for me.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

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