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What is a Buddy Read?

This is an "Informal Buddy Read"
An “Informal Buddy Read” doesn’t have a discussion leader and participants are asked to consider some generic questions when making comments about the book. An example is here.

Book synopsis
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.

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Kimberly (poweki) | 1580 comments I'm in for this one. :)

 Marla | 1667 comments I put in a request at the library. I'll be out of town on the 14th-16th, so I will start it when I get back.

Kimberly (poweki) | 1580 comments I'm finishing up The Interestings then will start Moon Over Manifest. Probably tonight. Tomorrow at the latest.

Looking forward to our Buddy Read!

Kimberly (poweki) | 1580 comments I'm about half way through the book now. I'm listening to it as an audiobook - which is read by a full cast but mostly by Jenna Lamia - who is an amazing narrator. She read Skeeter's part of The Help which is the only off-putting part of the book so far since there's an Abilene in this one too. But that's not a big deal.

I'm enjoying the thread of magic in this story with Miss Sadie's "recollections" and I can't wait to find out all the secrets. I get the sense that Gideon (view spoiler)

The old advertisements are so interesting.

I had no idea this book would be a mystery.

Marla - have you started?

 Marla | 1667 comments Just got it from the library. I will probably start it tonight. Sorry, I've got 3 other books going at the same I may be jumping in and out.

Kimberly (poweki) | 1580 comments I've got about 2 hours left of the audiobook.

This story is very sweet. I've not read a story before with such a short distance between the past and present. An interesting approach.

I'll admit I'm a bit tired of the talk of elixir... Hopefully the author will move on from it soon.

Kimberly (poweki) | 1580 comments Alright. I'm finished.

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 Marla | 1667 comments Sorry, I am just starting. She just arrived in town and is going off for the last day of school. I'm torn whether it makes sense to send her for one day. It's a good way to meet the kids in town,'s just one day. Can you really make friends in one day?

 Marla | 1667 comments I like (view spoiler)

Kimberly (poweki) | 1580 comments What do you think happened to Gideon?

 Marla | 1667 comments I'm a third of the way in, (view spoiler)

Kimberly (poweki) | 1580 comments I don't want to ruin anything for you so I have to be cautious about what I say - but there's definitely a reason to explain your queries.

Thanks for sharing your insight into the veil. It was portrayed as if it was a big deal in the book - but I did question the practicality of being so robed up while performing such an arduous task.

Abilene is an excellent character. I picture her portrayed by a freckle-faced girl I grew up with - she was the youngest of 5 brothers and fierce as a result. But she was honest and loyal too. An Abilene for sure.

 Marla | 1667 comments I love how Jinx has such a good heart but has his own set of morals and enough mischief to give Tom Sawyer a run for his money. Abilene sure has had a different education and life.

 Marla | 1667 comments I finished. It was such a great story! Some of the mysteries were so obvious and others were cleverly obscure. (view spoiler)

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