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Moon Over Manifest

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  29,099 ratings  ·  4,522 reviews
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 Id seen only in Gideons stories: ManifestA 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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Cassandra Depends on the edition. The one I read, a hardcover with isbn 978-0-385-73883, had 351 pages.

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Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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 Vanderpools 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.

Seriouslyit has:

The Great Depression
World War I
Lars Guthrie
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 hes sitting still for a history seminar, but is swept up in a story that happens in history. Vanderpools 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
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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
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,
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
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!
May 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 Ive always been fascinated by. Ive always been intrigued by my own ancestors story, so I could easily identify with Abilenes quest to unearth Manifests, and her own, history. I also really liked the parallel storylines and
Julie  Durnell
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: southern
Great coming of age story. Abilene makes the best of being left with Shady in the town of Manifest. The cast of characters in the present time of Abilene in 1938 and twenty years earlier were wonderfully written. Abilene and her two new friends make great girl detectives in tracing how her father, Gideon, played into the towns history. The melting pot of immigrants that lived in this small town was a small subplot of the whole story.
Kezzy Sparks
A phenomenal, very adulty, story written in the eyes of twelve-year-old Aibelene Tucker, who's digging into secrets she perhaps shouldn't be. Author Clare Vanderpool does a wonderful job in this masterpiece, and I couldn't put the book down.
Events of World War 1 are woven into Depression America, and the struggles of a prohibition era midwestern town are brought to the forefront by the masterful pen of Clare's. Definitely a five-star read.
Jan 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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).
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,
Marjorie Ingall
Feb 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-9-12
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
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At some point, this book wasnt a Newberry Winner, but a great story, well written. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story has a Fried Green Tomatoes feel to it, but the book has its own charm. Its great there are still great writers for young people. Enjoy! ...more
Jan 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Frances W.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: newbery
A girl arrives to the small town where his father grew up to spend the summer of 1936. She starts simultaneously learning about the current dwellers, and her father's past years in it. But she does it like solving a mystery, by finding clues, and you don't want to stop reading to find out the next discovery.

The way in which Abilene and her friends piece together what happened in the past reminded me of a book by Maria Gripe (Los escarabajos vuelan al atardecer), which I read as a teen and left
LOVED this depression era coming-of-age story of sweet, imaginative Abilene, who has been sent to her fathers 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 towns history for some glimpse of her elusive father. Fortunately, she has landed among townsfolk as kind as they are colorful. And through Abilenes research we enjoy stories from the early 1900s---how the founding immigrants of the town fight the mining ...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 ...more
Rosalyn Eves
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book was amazing. Not quite as good as "Navigating Early", but still deserves a solid five stars. :) This 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
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.
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fiction, favorites
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.
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 ...more
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Sometimes, when folks move on, its hard to look back. Its not their fault. ...more
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 scoldings or adult sanctions. Most importantly, it is a ...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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