Moon Over Manifest

Moon Over Manifest

Storytelling is an art form and Clare Vanderpool is a master artist. MOON OVER MANIFEST reveals its surprises, its connections and its heart with a steady, occasionally hiliarious, rising rhythm. Meet "Manifest, a Town With a Past." It's 1936 and Abilene Tucker, 11, has just jumped off the train here in Manifest, Kansas. Her father, Gideon Tucker, has sent her away to this town where he once lived and Abilene is curious to find out more about him as she searches for clues about his time in Manifest. She can barely find a trace of him in anyone's memory. Enter Miss Sadie, a diviner, who sits in her steaming parlor and spins the stories of Manifest from back in 1918. These stories center on a boy named Ned who wants to go off to fight in the War and a boy named Jinx who has arrived in town on the run from the bad luck of his past. Like the people you see as you go about your own life, the people of Manifest have had to overcome their own personal challenges including immigration to this new country and in the year 1918, they decide to gather together to fight for their futures against a ruthless, greedy mine owner. Was Abilene's father part of this battle? Our tale is woven of the stories of Miss Sadie from 1918, the letters from Ned who is fighting World War I and the 1936 adventures of Abilene and her two friends, Lettie and Ruthanne. The puzzle of Gideon Tucker is made of a skeleton key, a cork , a fishing lure, a silver dollar and a tiny wooden doll all things that Abilene finds in an old cigar box and all things that appear like magic, one by one, in the stories Miss Sadie tells as the spirit moves her. This is a triumph of a story that reminds you of the classics of days gone by and it will stay with you long after you turn the final page hoping for just a little bit more. 342 pages

2011 Spur Award winner for best Juvenile (YA) novel

 

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