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Un destino por descubrir

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Abilene Tucker se siente abandonada. Su padre la ha subido a un tren y la ha enviado a vivir con un viejo amigo durante el verano, mientras él trabaja en el ferrocarril. Armada solo con unas pocas posesiones y su lista de universales, Abilene salta del tren en Manifest, en Kansas, con el propósito de aprender sobre el muchacho que su padre fue una vez.
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Paperback, 393 pages
Published 2011 by Molino (first published October 12th 2010)
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Lauren
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-reviewed
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
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Heidi
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazing-audio
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 Goodreads 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:

Conspiracy
Diviners
The Great Depression
World War
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Rudy
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
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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 of
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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.
TL
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to TL by: Random pick ob Overdrive app
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!
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 ...more
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
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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
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Gina
May 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 storylines
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Marjorie Ingall
Ahaha, when I typed "Moon Over Manifest" into Goodreads'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 m
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Betsy
Jan 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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).
Keturah
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newberry
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 ...more
Frances W.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Blue Riding Hood
آم ... راستش اونقدرا که توقع داشتم خوب نبود ، نمی دونم چرا تو ذهنم ازش بت ساختم
وسطاش 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 نه
در ضمن نثرش و خیلی چیزای دیگه اش بیشتر به رمان کودک می خورد تا نوجوان
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 the mini ...more
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 ...more
Melody
Jan 16, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rosalyn Eves
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jennifer
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a pulse
Recommended to Jennifer by: Julie
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 ...more
Rebekah
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This book was amazing. Not quite as good as "Navigating Early", but still deserves a solid five stars. :) This author...is 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 of...well, life. But it was
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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.
Trinna
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darling, darling book. My favorite read this year!
Abby Buck
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
*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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Ramarie
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings about this year's Newbery winner. On the one hand, it has a rich plot, and I did connect to Abilene Tucker, who gets sent to her father's hometown without knowing whether she will ever see her father again. She makes friends, and begins to learn that there are many secrets in the town of Manifest that she hopes to "manifest." She is helped along by her caretaker, Shady, and especially the Hungarian "gypsy" neighbor, Miss Sadie and her Divining Parlor. The town has many inte ...more
Cat
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
It's clear from the start of Moon Over Manifest that Clare Vanderpool loves history--that the interplay and influence of the past on the the present fascinates her. And that interplay does work. Vanderpool's use of World War I and the Depression is interesting, as she manages to make early 20th century America bright and vivid. And I applaud that she values curiosity and story-telling, making that the impetus of her story.
The main character, Abilene, is shipped off to the town of Manifest by he
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Megan
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid, fiction, history, courier, 2011
Moon Over Manifest is a story I think I would have enjoyed more as a child; I could feel my younger self identifying with the tomboyish protagonist, the people of the town as they're described in the story, and the history, as it related to what I was learning in Social Studies. As an adult, I can see some weaknesses in the story, which when combined make it feel a bit contrived, but yes: me as a kid would have read the heck out of this.

The book cleverly combines 1936 Depression-era Kansas with
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Sara
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Category: middle grade
Author: Clare Vanderpool
Title: Moon Over Manifest
Publisher: 2010 by Delacorte Books
ISBN: 0385738838 (ISBN13: 9780385738835)
Genre: fiction, historical
Reading level: grade 5 and up
Awards: Newbery Medal (2011)

I read this book because it won the Newbery this year. Other reviewers have found it to be slow but I enjoyed the pace of this novel. The main character is a motherless young girl, Abilene Tucker, whose wandering father has sent her to Manifest, Kansas to live for a time.
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Shelley
Maybe 2.5. I wouldn't have finished it if it hadn't won the Newbery. I really, really want to know who championed this and WHY. I thought the story was interesting enough, but it wasn't at all distinguished and was very much a debut novel. The best bits for me were Abilene and her friends playing and prowling around town. The mystery was weak, the characters were weak and the plot didn't make much sense, either. I also never got any sense of setting or 1936, and 1918 was only marginally better.

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Louisa
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favourites
Moon Over Manifest is a rare type of book; it mesmerised me, played with my emotions, and managed to reduce me to tears. The characters, even those who appear boring, all hold a symbolic presence, and every small detail is wound into the storyline so cleverly that without one realising, it becomes an important thing. It plays with the reader's emotions; just when one can let out a sigh that the worst is over, an eloquent warning is given that the situation is dire. Words cannot describe what an ...more
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Clare Vanderpool, recipient of the 2011 Newbery Award, is a resident of Wichita, Kansas. She has a degree in English and Elementary Education and enjoys reading, going to the pool with her children, the television show Monk, and visiting the bookstores in her town.
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