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Moon Over Manifest

Vanderpool, Clare

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Moon Over Manifest
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.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0385907508
Branch Call Number: J VANDERP
Characteristics: 351 p. ; 22 cm


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Jun 12, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Taking place in small-town Kansas during the summers of 1918 and 1936, the main character reminds me of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. I kept finding myself grinning as I read - a wonderful story!

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.

Sep 13, 2013
  • 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.

Jun 22, 2013
  • davewhitaker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 10, 2012
  • 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.

Nov 20, 2011
  • kevinjywang rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.


Oct 14, 2011
  • 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.

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.

Apr 04, 2011
  • tickadou rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It was a good book!!!

Feb 25, 2011
  • 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.

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Jun 12, 2014
  • bixby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"The Lord himself knew the power of a good story. How it can reach out and wrap around a person like a warm blanket."
(p. 206, Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool)


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