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Moon Over Manifest

Vanderpool, Clare (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Moon Over Manifest


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Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.
Authors: Vanderpool, Clare
Title: Moon over Manifest
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 351 p. ;,22 cm
Summary: Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.
ISBN: 0385738838
0385907508
9780385738835
9780385907507
Branch Call Number: J VANDERP
Statement of Responsibility: Clare Vanderpool
Subject Headings: Kansas Fiction Fathers Fiction Secrets Fiction Depressions 1929 Fiction
Topical Term: Fathers
Secrets
Depressions
LCCN: 2009040042
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A wonderful read for all age groups. At first I didn't find it particularly interesting and pretty well skimmed through until it hooked me. So just had to go back to read it over again! Certainly glad I didn't succumb to my initial impulse to abandon it.

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  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Oh, but this is good storytelling. All too unfortunately often, both "award-winning" and "historical fiction" can mean too dry and earnest to be widely appealing. That's not the case here. The characters are mischievous, down to earth, relatable, and fun. And while the book is first and foremost about the characters--their discovery of themselves and each other--it has plenty of mystery and adventure to create gripping suspense. Wonderful, approachable, and at times folksy language. It's a winner for good reason. Highly enjoyable and one I could recommend to many different readers.

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  • davewhitaker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My review here: http://writbywhit.blogspot.com/2013/05/musing-over-moon-over-manifest.html

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  • okread rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

interesting characters, historical fiction. But it was a slow read. Book is on the 2013 Sequoyah List.

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  • bubbleman360 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

okay

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  • burleighsmith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Detective story with lots of agenda. Homey style (charming mix of pre-teen characters sorting through clues, etc.) recalls joys of children’s lit from decades past—for this aged reader. It setting is a big plus: fun to imagine life in SE Kansas during first part of last century. Vanderpool nIcely (entirely indirectly) likens America's early 20th wariness of foreigners (European, esp. German) with Americans' current phobia to new residents (especially from south) and Moslems.

Report This Sep 08, 2011
  • AfrikasGirl rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

While this book is very predictable, Vanderpool deviates from the typical Childrens' book modus operandi, creating a refreshing and endearing novel. It is great to follow the lead character, a very average female, along her journey. However, at times the jumping from Abilenes' present day and the memories of the citizens of Manifest does not always flow. That aside, this book is great for children under 13 years old.

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  • tickadou rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It was a good book!!!

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  • lisajenn rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

While this book has many appealing factors (a fortune teller, a mystery, scams, breaking the law, etc.), I found that it took a lot of patience to get through its slow set-up.

Report This Jan 28, 2011
  • m2 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is a sweet love letter to a small town in Kansas where WWI and the Influenza Epidemic and then the Depression and Dust Bowl hit hard. Beautiful. From a Newbery perspective, I was a bit underwhelmed. The main character's purpose is to yearn for her father, whose history has more color and depth -- you can tell the writer loved him (and maybe all the adult characters) best. The author uses a lot of novelistic stagecraft that other reviewers felt wove the two stories (father & daughter) together "seamlessly," but I felt it was creaky and obvious. Also, we could see the the secrets coming from a long way off, but were kept waiting and waiting for them which irritated me. However, the waiting for obvious secrets kept from the narrator too long has vaulted Rick Riordan to stardom, so maybe I am just cranky. Personally, I think Turtle In Paradise which was a Newbery Honor Book does what this book does better and more succinctly. Read it and see what you think. Some reviewers said it gains depth and strength from a second read.

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