Moon Over Manifest (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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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.
 
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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Clare Vanderpool's captivating novel (Delacorte, 2010) begins with a melody of railroad travelers evoking the spirit of the 1930's Depression era. Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker, the daughter of restless railroad worker Gideon Tucker, has been sent to Manifest, Kansas, for the summer. Manifest was her father's home for a time during his boyhood. With the help of Shady, the "interim pastor," and Miss Sadie, the diviner, Abilene makes friends and discovers the town's secrets as well as those her father has left behind. She finds a box of treasures, and their stories fill in the details about Manifest's citizens and answer Abilene's questions about her father. Jenna Lamia, the main narrator, provides an engaging presentation of the story that jumps back and forth between 1918 and 1936. She adroitly voices Abilene. Narrators Kirby Heyborne and Cassandra Campbell capably read the letters written by Ned Gillen, a young soldier from Manifest serving in France during World War I, and the clippings from Manifest Herald. The narration's pace and emotion are spot-on. Action scenes move along quickly, while Abilene's inner monologues over Miss Sadie's stories and the information she has gained are measured and thoughtful. A rewarding listen.—Ann Brownson, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606238755
  • Publisher: Sanval, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/27/2011
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 351
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Clare Vanderpool

Moon Over Manifest, Clare Vanderpool’s first novel, is set in the fictional small town of Manifest, Kansas, which is based on the real southeastern Kansas town of Frontenac, home of both of her maternal grandparents. Drawing on stories she heard as a child, along with research in town newspapers, yearbooks, and graveyards, Clare found a rich and colorful history for her story. Clare lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband and their four children.

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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

    12 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2011

    Great Book

    I know this book is supposed to be for young people, but I'm an adult and I loved it. It was a fast read and I found it hard to put down. I was anxious to see how the story would end, but once there, I hated for it to be over. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

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    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, 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.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    Great Read

    I loved the mixture of characters in this story, and the moment I started reading this book I fell in love with the character and the overall storyline. This is the kind of book you just want to stare at after you've finished it. If this doesn't sound like enought to make you read it, I don't know what will. Read the synopsis.

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Loved this book

    This is probably considered juvenile fiction, but I adored it. And I am way past being a juvenile, believe me. The main character, Abiline, is captivating, funny, and believable. I would not hesitate to recommend.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Awesom!!

    This was a great book I'd recomend it to anyone.......ALL AGES!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2011

    Emotions everywhere!

    "Moon Over Manifest" by Clare Vanderpool was an amazing novel to read.
    To sum it up, it was about a girl whose father has sent her off to a mysterious town so the father can work. The girl feels abandoned, but when she meets a fortune teller, some girls, a nun, and the past, her adventures begin. Through heartbreaks, distress, anxiety and happiness, this story sure is a bumpy ride for emotions.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2011

    Touched All My Emotions

    This book will touch all your emotions. Fast read too.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    Good Book

    At first for me it was hard to catch on to, but once you get a bout halgway through it great

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Dont listen

    Dont listnen to any of the reviews that say that this book is fine or that it sucks cause they are wrong! Best book ever!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    This was a great book. I liked how at the end of the book how al

    This was a great book. I liked how at the end of the book how all the characters were intertwined.I would definitely recommend this book!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Intriguing

    I love this book! As so many others have said, Abeline's father sends her off on a train so he can work. Later on, Abeline finds a box with letters that bring up a spy. I highly reccomend Moon over Manifest.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Must check it out

    2 thums up

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    Moon

    B-E-AUTIFUL :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    ABBY

    LOVE THE BOOK!:)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

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    Definently one of my favorites! It tells amazing tale through pa

    Definently one of my favorites! It tells amazing tale through past and present and holds several secrets that just make this book amazing and wonderful.:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Thrilling!

    The book Moon Over Manifest is the most clever, chilling and enveloping historical fiction book i have read in yaers!!! Trust me, once you start, there is no stoping the reading rampage you will get!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    I trully loved this book! Each chapter fit together like an unpr

    I trully loved this book! Each chapter fit together like an unpredictable puzzle. Though the ending may be easy to fortell, red-herring ascepts made the book interesting, and made you rethink your predictions. The book was trully intriguing and different! I hope you take the time to try it!
    I often find it is very helpful to know what other books reviewers liked in order to get an idea of their taste in books so I have written below of some of my favorite books (of this reading level):
    Walk Two Moons (by: Sharon Creech)
    The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
    Out of My Mind (Sharon Draper) ... ETC.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Bad

    This is a bad book dont read it

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    L

    Looks very good!!! I have 2 read for my summer reads and this was one of the only books thart cought my attention. Im going to start reading this book soon. I hope i like it
    -CC

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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