Moon Over Manifest

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.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385907507
Branch Call Number: JF VANDE-C
Characteristics: viii, 351 p. ; 22 cm


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JCLBeckyC Nov 21, 2017

Leisurely-paced, character-driven, historical middle-grade fiction with a strong sense of place and a large cast of quirky characters. The audiobook is especially good. Readalikes: Because of Winn Dixie, Wolf Hollow, Absolutely Truly, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Jul 15, 2015

Memorable characters and a clever plot weaving together two different time periods in a small Kansas town make for a really, really solid debut--I totally understand why it won the Newbery. I found myself struggling with this one a bit, though--technically it was impressive, and I think there are a lot of people who would loooove this book, but I don't think I was in the mood for it, because I struggled to engage with it a bit. Still, worth a read, because many kids would likely be less cranky about this than I was.

Loved this book. I like to read the Newbery winners even though I am no longer an elementary teacher. This book would make an excellent movie. The characters, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution are all absorbing and wonderful.

Jun 12, 2014

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!

Ariel2 Mar 09, 2014

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.

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 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

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Jul 10, 2012

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

kevinjywang Nov 20, 2011


Oct 14, 2011

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.

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Jun 12, 2014

"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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