Moon Over Manifest

Moon Over Manifest Winner of the Newbery Award 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 wi

  • Title: Moon Over Manifest
  • Author: Clare Vanderpool
  • ISBN: 9780375858291
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of the 2011 Newbery Award.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 worWinner of the 2011 Newbery Award.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 Abilene hears, the 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.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Lauren

      My only regret after finishing Moon Over Manifest is that I didn't read it while sitting on a gently swaying porch swing, sipping ice-cold lemonade, swatting away the occasional mosquito as a harmonica played and a steam engine sounded its passing in the distance. Reading this book is like stepping back in time, and as I came to the last lines, it was bittersweet to know that I was about to leave that world behind.Moon Over Manifest is the story of tough and independent Abilene Tucker. At the be [...]

    2. Heidi

      There are no words that could adequately express the love I feel for Clare Vanderpool’s Newberry Award winning debut, Moon Over Manifest. I very rarely post any but the most basic thoughts about a book on right after finishing it, and most often wait until I have had time to collect my thoughts and put them down in some coherent form. With Moon Over Manifest, I immediately posted the following:This book gets ALL THE STARS.Seriously…it has:ConspiracyDivinersThe Great DepressionWorld War IEpi [...]

    3. Lars Guthrie

      A nice safe choice for the Newbery people, but not one that knocked my socks off. The best historical novels, of course, trick you into learning about their periods. The reader never notices he’s sitting still for a history seminar, but is swept up in a story that happens in history. Vanderpool’s intention to teach World War I, the Spanish Flu pandemic, the Great Depression, is quite transparent. Not to mention her desire to impart a feel-good messages about diversity (that is, the diversity [...]

    4. Rudy

      Hmm. This is a tough one. Moon Over Manifest just won the Newbery which is why I picked it up. The book is 279 pages long and I didn't start getting really into it until around page 210. The writing is artful enough. My issue with the book is the threading together of all the different pieces. Reflecting on what I mean by different pieces I realize I am referring to the characters in the different timelines. They don't flow together very smoothely and they feel somehow mismatched. There are two [...]

    5. Frances

      Because it won the Newbery, I read it with a more critical eye and was occasionally bothered by prose that seemed to be trying too hard. The 1936 storyline is a bit overshadowed by the 1918 chapters, and I thought we could have gotten to know Abilene a bit better. Still, very enjoyable and I always wanted to pick it up and continue reading.

    6. TL

      A wonderful and charming book, I fell in love with everything about it didn't want to leave these people.Revelations and secrets abound in this book and are no always what you think they will be.Quick review since I gotta work but highly recommend!

    7. Minli

      Sadly, the only reason I read this book was because it won the Newbery in 2011, and because it won the Newbery, it already had to dig its way out of a 'high-expectations' hole. The writing is dusty and atmospheric, quaint in a kind of old-town way. During the Great Depression, Abilene's father sends her to live in his old hometown of Manifest. She searches for hints and stories of her father around town, to no avail, but in the meantime, she starts piecing together Miss Sadie's stories, newspape [...]

    8. Jessica

      A charming book, and I can see why it won the Newbery. It has the feel of a classic, like something that I would have read (and that would have won the award) when I was a kid. The writing is gorgeous, and the characters are instantly real and appealing. As the book moved back and forth between 1936 and 1917, at first I was more invested in the 1917 storyline, because I knew that it would be the key to what was happening in 1936, but then I also got caught up in seeing how people had changed in [...]

    9. Gina

      Just finished Moon Over Manifest and my thoughts are, in one word, mixed.Really enjoyed the concept and the themes broached by author Clare Vanderpool. The life of immigrants and how they adjusted to their new country, and how their new country adjusted to them, is a subject I’ve always been fascinated by. I’ve always been intrigued by my own ancestor’s story, so I could easily identify with Abilene’s quest to unearth Manifest’s, and her own, history. I also really liked the parallel s [...]

    10. Nicola Mansfield

      Reason for Reading: I am reading all the Newbery winners.Simple perfection. When I see that Newbery sticker on a book, this is what I expect. A book that truly is a wonderful story that will appeal to kids. A story that catches your attention from the first chapter. One with characters who are interesting, unique and you either love from the start or they eventually win you over at some part. I truly enjoyed every minute of this book and was sad when it came time to close the book on Abilene, Ji [...]

    11. Marjorie Ingall

      Ahaha, when I typed "Moon Over Manifest" into 's search box, it asked, "Did you mean 'Barf Manifesto'?" It's not THAT bad. It's actually pretty good, if slow and schematic. I'd have given it 3.5 stars if I could. Yes, the seams show. Yes, it reads like a debut novel. But it's so sweet, heartfelt and sincere, it's hard to be too down on it. The descriptions of the small-town Kansas setting, life riding the rails, the hardships of the Depression and WWI (yes, the Depression AND WWI; the moves back [...]

    12. Betsy

      One Sentence Review: A nice enough quirky town book that contains at least one honest surprise at the end (though it probably could have been edited down a smidge).

    13. Keturah

      Why did The Hunger Games get so much hype? Moon Over Manifest should be getting the hype. This book was an absolute pleasure (I cannot say that strongly enough!) to read. I honestly loved, loved, loved it. And I don't gush often! Many books for middle age readers are either too simple or try to focus on adult-themed subjects, but this book is a true gem which drew me in from the very beginning. It is definitely going to be one of my favorite books and one which I recommend often to young and old [...]

    14. Frances W.

      I am reading the book Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool. So far the book has been about a new girl named Abilene who is staying with a pastor. Where she is sleeping she finds a note about the rattler! She and her friends try to find the rattler, in the process Abilene meets a fortune teller who tells some stuff about her dad! When I read this book it feels serious and attention grabbing. I never want to stop reading it. I feel as though I'm in the book and living it. I am really looking for [...]

    15. Blue Riding Hood

      آم راستش اونقدرا که توقع داشتم خوب نبود ، نمی دونم چرا تو ذهنم ازش بت ساختموسطاش واقعا خسته کننده بود ، هیچ شخصیت جالبی نداشت و تنها نکته ی مثبت ، پایان جالبش بود شاید می ارزید که به خاطر آخرش کلش رو بخونید ، شایدم نهدر ضمن نثرش و خیلی چیزای دیگه اش بیشتر به رمان کودک می خورد تا [...]

    16. Alyssa

      1918 war, disease, runaways, Klu Klux Klan, and hard times. The people of Manifest go through all of this yet they manage to stay positive. They care for one another, and have each others back. However, fast forward to 1936, and things have changed. Manifest is dull and people just mind their own business. Until one little girl comes to town and starts to stir up trouble. Clare Vanderpool pulls you into the story and really makes you feel the happiness, sadness, hate, frustration, and hope that [...]

    17. Renee

      LOVED this depression era coming-of-age story of sweet, imaginative Abilene, who has been sent to her father’s hometown for the summer while he looks for work. Her longing for her daddy and fear that he will not return drive her to research the town’s history for some glimpse of her elusive father. Fortunately, she has landed among townsfolk as kind as they are colorful. And through Abilene’s research we enjoy stories from the early 1900’s---how the founding immigrants of the town fight [...]

    18. Erin Reilly-Sanders

      While I enjoyed Moon Over Manifest and thought it was well written, I did have a couple concerns about it. The Newbery award isn't given to a book based on appeal and I think that several factors will effect this one's likability and usability with kids. In general, it's a little long and complicated for a the age it seems to be intended for. With a 12-yr-old heroine, this book might appeal best to kids a couple years younger, say 9-12-yr-olds. However, at 368 pages and with the story told throu [...]

    19. Melody

      I'm not a fan of the ingenuous, folksy narrator. I'm not particularly enamored of the rural Depression setting, as it's been done so many times as to be stale. The ways of the Newbery committee are often opaque to me. All of which is to say that I didn't expect to love this book, but I didn't expect to hate it.Maybe hate is too strong, but to my eyes it's clearly a first novel, and not particularly strong. There are dangling ends everywhere, and much of the plot seemed either nonsensical or it s [...]

    20. Rosalyn Eves

      I thought this was a charming novel--I can understand why this won last year's Newberry Award. The writing was good, the characters were interesting and had real depth, and the story managed just the right balance of small-town wholesomeness and intrigue. Vanderpool has clearly done her research--she managed to convey a distinct flavor both for the 1936 where the story takes place, and the 1918 that shows up in the town's memories. The story follows Abilene Tucker, a 12-year-old girl whose fathe [...]

    21. Jennifer

      My grandmother would have loved and recommended this book to me enthusiastically if it had been published when I was a kid; it's historical fiction (on multiple levels) and a story with a strong female protagonist. It's partly the story of Abilene, who has been riding the rails with her father, Gideon, since she could remember, but who has been left behind for the summer of 1936 in the town of Manifest, Kansas, to stay with Shady Howard, a preacher of sorts and the local moonshiner. Abilene fear [...]

    22. Rebekah

      Wow. This book was amazing. Not quite as good as "Navigating Early", but still deserves a solid five stars. :) This author really good with words. The way she writes is just*shivers* glorious. Magnificent. The way she is able to weave two stories together and bring them together in a masterpiece of a tapestry is jaw dropping. I cannot figure out how she does it, but she is really good at it. Really, REALLY good. I put off reading this book for too long because ofwell, life. But it was so worth t [...]

    23. Connie D

      4.5 stars. Once I started reading this, I really enjoyed it and can see why it's a Newbery winner. Great interweaving of characters, stories, past and present, etc.P.S. I started listening to this rather than reading it, but did not appreciate the narration. The voice sounds old and whiny, even though it's from the young girl's point of view. Anyway, the story seems to be shaping up interestingly, but I wouldn't bother with the audio.

    24. Katie

      I absolutely loved this book! The story and plot was so engrossing I forgot I was reading a YA book. I went from laughing out loud to almost having tears in my eyes as the author deftly handled the humorous (bootlegging in a Baptist church) and the sobering (war, loss, Flu epidemic of 1918). An excellent book & truly deserving of the Newbery Gold Medal.

    25. KC

      In 1936 and 12 year old Abilene Tucker is sent to spend the summer in her father's hometown of Manifest, KS; a mining township in the early days of the turn of the century where you would find a large population of immigrants seeking work. Abilene quickly befriends Ruthanne and Lettie and become joined at the hip all the while trying to unravel clues found in a tree fort about a spy named The Rattler but what Abilene is desperate to truly uncover are the stories of her father's boyhood. While sh [...]

    26. Mohy_p

      اولین کتاب 2018ی چندباری تو قفسه های کتابخونه چشمم و گرفته بود ولی گفتم خجالت بکش نوجوانانه حجمشم حدودن میشه گفت زیاد بود منصرف میشدمولی ی بار که رفتم کتابخونه و حس درس خوندن نبود رفتم برش داشتم و شروع کردمنمیدونم چرا اینقد رمانا نوجوانان بهم میچسبه؟من که همیشه میگم حس 18 ساله ب [...]

    27. Irene

      I needed to read a Newbery winner to complete a challenge. This is the sort of story I would have loved as a 3rd or 4th grader. Twelve year old Abilene is sent to an unfamiliar Kansas town to spend the summer with a kindly bachelor so that her father can take a job on the railroad. The year is 1936. It is a summer of exploration and adventures, of fast-made best friends and the stories of long ago; it is a summer of freedom from chores or scolding’s or adult sanctions. Most importantly, it is [...]

    28. Zahra Dashti

      خوب بود . اینکه بتونی یه داستان نسبتا معمولی رو پر کشش و رمزآلود کنی خیلی خوبه. مخصوصا برای نوجوانها جذاب باید باشه

    29. Abby Buck

      *Spoilers included* Exposition: This book starts out with a girl named Abilene Tucker who goes to stay with her dad's friend while he is off working, so he sends her to Manifest, Texas. Rising Action: Abilene meets Shady, the mysterious man that owns a bar which whom she will be staying with, as she gets to her room, she has a special gift from her father that she wants to hid, she finds a lose floorboard, and decides that's the perfect spot, but something is already there. Climax: Abilene is de [...]

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