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Moon Over Manifest

Written by: Clare Vanderpool
Narrated by: Jenna Lamia,Cassandra Campbell,Kirby Heyborne
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Publisher's Summary

"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.

©2011 Clare Vanderpool (P)2011 Listening Library

What the critics say

"Ingeniously plotted and gracefully told." (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

“Readers will cherish every word up to the heartbreaking yet hopeful and deeply gratifying ending.” (Kirkus, starred review)

"Replete with historical details and surprises, Vanderpool's debut delights, while giving insight into family and community.” (Publisher's Weekly)

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delightful

This book can be enjoyed by all ages. Wonderfully written, great imagery, and especially enjoyable is the perspective from which the story is narrated. Excellent reader and voice.

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loved this book!!

I truly enjoyed this story. although the intended audience may be for the younger crowd, this was still a heartfelt coming of age story that touches the heartstrings of any generation. the narrator did a fabulous job of inflection and characterization. I thoroughly enjoyed this as an easy summer listen

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I love this story!

I picked this by chance for a road trip, but I wish I’d used it for homeschooling.
The performers made the story entertaining for my kids (grade 2, 5, and 7). The history included in Moon over Manifest was intriguing even for my 2nd grader who kept asking if this and that were real. The story opens a world to its readers that left us missing a place we can never visit. I cried at the end, and want to start the story all over again.

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