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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
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Critic Reviews

"With believable dialogue, vocabulary and imagery appropriate to time and place, and well-developed characters, this rich and rewarding first novel is like sucking on a butterscotch. Smooth and sweet.'" ( Booklist)
“Readers will cherish every word up to the heartbreaking yet hopeful and deeply gratifying ending.” ( Kirkus)
"Replete with historical details and surprises, Vanderpool's debut delights, while giving insight into family and community.” ( Publisher's Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Debbie on 04-23-14

Absolutely Wonderful Family Story

This audiobook is listed as a young reader book, but I beg to differ. It's a wonderful book. Period. It's historical fiction covering the first world war and a time in America's history when immigrants flooded into our country from many other nations abroad. It's a story of the "orphan" trains, and the good and not-so-good people who adopted the children. And most of all it's a tale of one town and one little girl, Abilene that will nestle down deep into your soul and "sit a spell". This book is a jewel. Don't pass it up.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rae on 06-23-11

AWESOME book! LOVED it!

I loved this book! Not only did it hold my interest, but it wove two stories into one in such a way that neither could exist without the other. I could hear the sounds and smell the aromas described in the book. The imagery was well done and so was the character development.

The fact that the audio book used multiple readers to tell the story really added to it as well. While it's won awards for juvenile fiction, the story of longing and love is appropriate for any aged reader.

I have read Water for Elephants, The Help, and the Secret Life of Bees and many similarly good books and I enjoyed this book equally as much!

Do yourself a favor---step back in time and enjoy getting to know Abilene, Jinx and Miss Shady. Moon Over Manifest is a fabulous book!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mr on 12-27-12

Not my type of story

I found this story a bit dull and slow moving, there were lots of details and not much action. For me, my ideal story is a bit faster moving with more action. I also found the narrators voice a bit dull - sorry! Jodie age 14

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