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Una torrida estate, una cittadina del Kansas, una ragazzina curiosa e ostinata, un contorno di personaggi bizzarri, un mistero svelato: questi gli ingredienti di un avvincente romanzo di crescita e formazione, appassionante per la ricchezza di riferimenti storici. Vincitore del John Newbery Medal and Honor Award 2011Siamo infatti nel 1936, in un piccolo centro segnato dallUna torrida estate, una cittadina del Kansas, una ragazzina curiosa e ostinata, un contorno di personaggi bizzarri, un mistero svelato: questi gli ingredienti di un avvincente romanzo di crescita e formazione, appassionante per la ricchezza di riferimenti storici. Vincitore del John Newbery Medal and Honor Award 2011Siamo infatti nel 1936, in un piccolo centro segnato dalla Grande Depressione, dal Ku Klux Klan, dal Proibizionismo, e il mistero cui si appassiona Abilene la porterà in un altro tempo (il 1918 della Prima Guerra Mondiale) e un altro luogo (la Francia).Un contesto geografico e temporale non consueto nella narrativa per ragazzi, che attraverso una giovane protagonista indipendente e ribelle ripropone atmosfere alla Tom Sawyer e Huckleberry Finn declinate in un linguaggio attuale, e si caratterizza per una narrazione vivace a più voci e su più piani cronologici. Abilene è personaggio sfaccettato, sempre originale e che suscita istintiva simpatia, ricordando a volte la Leslie di Un ponte per Terabithia, altre la Lyra della Bussola d’Oro; il linguaggio è fresco, prezioso e curato. Un libro non banale, una storia avvincente, non solo per i ragazzi....

Title : L'indimenticabile estate di Abilene Tucker
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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L'indimenticabile estate di Abilene Tucker Reviews

  • Lauren
    2019-05-27 01:31

    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 beginning of the story, Abilene saunters into the seemingly dull Kansas town of Manifest. She is settling down (not by her own choice) for the first time in a childhood spent on the road. Well, on the rails, actually. During the Great Depression of the 1930's, many jobless men resorted to a life of hitching rides on the railroads, going from town to town in search of work. Abilene and her father, Gideon, were two such "hobos"--an unusual background for a girl of twelve, to say the least.From the moment she arrives in Manifest, Abilene is counting down the days left in the summer. She can think of nothing but the day when Gideon, who has sent her there alone, will come to take her back out on the rails with him. But it doesn't take long for doubt to set in. Is Gideon coming back? Why has he sent her to this town? Abilene knows that he spent time here before she was born, but when she tries to learn more from the people she meets in Manifest, she gets nothing but cryptic answers and dead-ends. But whether Gideon is coming back for her is not the only mystery she has to deal with. Abilene seems to be a magnet for secrets, eerie events and strange coincidences. A threatening note leads Abilene to begin scraping at Manifest's sleepy surface and she soon discovers that underneath, Manifest is a town with a dramatic past.A rail-riding, twelve-year-old girl makes for a very unique protagonist. Abilene's voice is strong and steady, but just when she starts to seem a little too grown-up, she reveals the fears and doubts that are underneath her big talk. Abilene is the perfect heroine for a mystery. She's a fearless investigator, a careful listener, and an unabashed snoop.In addition to bringing us a likable and original heroine in Abilene, Clare Vanderpool does an excellent job of making her book impossible to put down. The story moves back and forth between Abilene's life (Manifest, 1936) and glimpses of the past (Manifest, 1917), through stories told by the medium Miss Sadie and through letters and trinkets found underneath the floorboards of Abilene's room. Vanderpool transitions into these flashbacks so enticingly that you can't help but read on. All this past week, my eyelids sagging, I would try my darnedest to find a good stopping point, but when I saw that the end of the chapter was leading into a new flashback, I just couldn't bring myself to close the book. I needed to know what new secrets would be revealed, so I kept reading on, no matter the time. (For a teacher, on a school-night, that's saying a lot!)While Moon Over Manifest is an excellent mystery, this is really just a clever disguise. At its heart, this is a story about family and community and what it means to make a home. It's also a story about...well, stories. Everyone in Manifest has a story, and there is something sacred in their tellings. As Miss Sadie's stories of old Manifest become more and more frequent, Abilene realizes that "As much as I had a need to hear her story, she had a need to tell it. It was as if the story was the only balm that provided any comfort" (p. 154). As the summer creeps on, Abilene realizes what an honor it is to have been invited, not just into the stories of the people of Manifest, but into their lives. In this novel, Clare Vanderpool both celebrates and demonstrates the magic of a well-crafted story. Now, go pour yourself a glass of lemonade and get to reading it!

  • Heidi
    2019-05-22 02:22

    There are no words that could adequately express the love I feel for Clare Vanderpool’s 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.Seriously…it has:ConspiracyDivinersThe Great DepressionWorld War IEpistolary aspectsStories within stories that slowly line upAn amazing narrationMiddle GradeHistorical FictionSpeakeasyNunsEvil pit bossthe KKKImmigration storiesHobosMorse codeSpiesHoochMurderSicknessGreat storiesInvestigative kidsOn top of which it manages to be COMPLETELY HEARTWARMING.I wish to repeat and expound upon that enthusiasm here–but really? If that amazing list couldn’t convince you that Moon Over Manifest is well worth your time to read, I’m not sure that any further ramblings on my part can do so.You’ve seen me mention narrator Jenna Lamia on the blog several times now, and there is a reason she has quickly become one of my favorite female narrators. She is the type of narrator that infuses a book with life and makes the audio into an experience that is richer than you could have had merely reading the story on the page (though I have no doubt Moon Over Manifest is also a wonderful read). She is the type of narrator I will listen to because I love the way she tells a story, the kind that can make me check out a book I would have otherwise ignored because she is a part of it. I particularly love her narration of MG and YA books because she has a very young voice–too often narrators with more mature sounding voices sound demeaning when voicing younger characters. In addition, Moon Over Manifest utilizes the talents of Cassandra Campbell and Kirby Heyborne to read the newspaper articles and letters that are included in the text, bringing another voice to the story that makes us feel wrapped up in what Abilene and her friends are experiencing through words themselves.Moon Over Manifest turned out to be a very different story than the one I thought I was getting. It isn’t the story of one girl, it is the story of a town–its present, its history, and its people. It’s a story of family and friendship, a story of home. I adored Abilene and my heart ached for her to find her father, but also to find a place to call her own in Manifest. That said, much more than Abilene’s tale, I was heavily invested in the story of Manifest’s past–a story that had me constantly laughing, holding my breath, and at least contemplating tears. The struggle of a largely immigrant population to find their footing in WWI America where many wish to keep them down is inspiring. It’s a story I could easily go on about at some length, but sometimes no amount of praise will really do a book justice. I will only say that I recommend this one with all my heart.If you are a fan of either The Mighty Miss Malone or On the Jellicoe Road (and who isn't?), you MUST read (or better yet, listen to) Moon Over Manifest.Original review posted at Bunbury in the Stacks.

  • Lars Guthrie
    2019-05-24 05:45

    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 he’s sitting still for a history seminar, but is swept up in a story that happens in history. Vanderpool’s 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 European immigrants in a Kansas town), and self-confidence. You know the bad guys are going to lose because, well, they’re bad. And they’re in the Ku Klux KlanThe structure of the novel makes for some snags in the stream, as well. There are four narrators, the delightfully feisty Abilene Tucker, 12-years-old and making do without family as a new resident of Manifest, Kansas, the author of a somewhat hokey homespun newspaper column, the doughboy scribe behind a trove of letters Abilene comes across, and a Hungarian fortune teller.If that isn’t enough stutter-stop narration for you, you also have to keep switching back and forth between two time frames, 1918 and 1936. Too bad, because Vanderpool has some strong characters, a fascinating little window into an unsung time and place, and a nice bit of mystery regarding Abilene’s father. I especially liked the cousins who quickly become Abilene’s buddies, the spunky Lettie and Ruthanne, and wished I could have followed more closely on the three girls’ heels as they kicked up the dust in the streets of Manifest. In the 1918 flashbacks, a boy called Jinx is also a strong and complex character.The adults, with the exception of Abilene’s caretaker, Shady Howard, both a man of the cloth and the bottle, are one-dimensional and predictable. Like a nun named Sister Redempta, and those guys wearing hoods. If I’d come to ‘Moon Over Manifest’ as an unheralded debut novel, I might have been more forgiving of its flaws. I expected more from the Newbery Award winner, especially in a year with so many great chapter books, and for that matter a fantastic non-fiction book about World War I, Russell Freedman’s ‘The War to End All Wars.’

  • Rudy
    2019-05-02 01:27

    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 stories being told, one in 'flashback' and set in 1918; the second story set in the 'present'- the present being 1936 - is told from first person point of view by Abilene Tucker, the main character. Abilene is attempting to understand her father better by finding out about her father's history and ends up revealing the history of the town of Manifest. She brings to light the connections between its citizens, their hopes, hardships, and dreams. The story of the town of Manifest turns out to be, on a small scale, the story of the United States. Although following the action of how the town comes together to create its own destiny and identity is entertaining and involving, more so than Abilene's search for her father, it is ultimately the town as seen in its 1936 version that is more affecting. Manifest in 1936 is a town that has forgotten its roots, its potential and those dreams that once unified its people and guided them, toward working to achieve the common goals of independence, self possession and self determination. Manifest is now a town whose best day is behind it. It is when the author places this depression era picture, beside the earlier struggling but intrepid and ever inventive one of the town,that the book becomes powerful. It is when the reader considers the contrast of these two pictures, the contrast of an earlier United States with the present one, that what is being read actually starts to hurt. I don't think the target audience for the book is going to pick up on all of that though. It is a young adult book.

  • Frances
    2019-04-29 01:49

    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.

  • TL
    2019-05-11 08:19

    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!

  • Minli
    2019-05-18 08:22

    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, newspaper clippings, letters and other primary source documents from the World War I era. It seems that Manifest is a town of secrets and mystery--and Abilene unraveling the mysteries of 1916 helps depression-era Manifest, too.It's a solid book, though it didn't hook me until well over halfway. Part of me is annoyed because this is definitely the kind of book teachers and librarians LOVE (stories about stories! American history! primary source documents! the importance of community) but kids roll their eyes at because it's kind of boring. I totally would have. It's Educational with a capital E.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-07 07:24

    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 the intervening years, and who was who in 1936. An amazing book, and one that I would recommend widely for classrooms.

  • Gina
    2019-05-23 08:19

    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 I’ve always been fascinated by. I’ve always been intrigued by my own ancestor’s story, so I could easily identify with Abilene’s quest to unearth Manifest’s, and her own, history. I also really liked the parallel storylines and felt they complemented each other nicely. And the language had a warm and languid quality to it that I felt matched perfectly with the deceptively quiet mid-west town.But, if I’m honest, not one of my favorites. Now, it is the 2011 Newberry Medal Winner, which I think, in addition to being an amazing honor, can be a bit of a burden. As a reader, I went into it with certain expectations and, maybe unfairly, was holding the book to a higher standard. As a result, I was underwhelmed. For one thing, I thought the book moved a little slow. As I was reading the book, I thought for a moment of how I would have received this book as a kid, and my first reaction was that I would have found in boring. I think the pacing could have been picked up a bit. There many interesting, lovable characters in the story, but I thought almost too many. It didn’t feel like enough time was paid to all the characters for me to connect strongly with them. For that reason, some of the more emotional scenes toward the end (I’ll not mention them so as not to spoil anything) fell flat for me.And finally, I thought the ending to the Jinx storyline was a bit cumbersome, particularly with the court scene. I had to re-read it a few times to make sure I understood what was happening. It was another time when I thought about myself as a young reader and wondered if I would be able to keep up. I also found the twist in that scene to be a little deus ex machina.So, for those reasons, I would have a hard time recommending this book to kids. However, that said, if you’re a nostalgic adult that loves Depression-era historical fiction, I do recommend. A very pleasing read.

  • Nicola Mansfield
    2019-05-18 08:41

    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, Jinx, Miss Sadie and all the rest of the characters in Manifest, Kansas.Set in 1936, Abilene Tucker, who has grown up as a vagrant train rider with her father, is upset when he sends her to Manifest, a town he spent a spell in his youth to stay with a friend for the summer while he supposedly works a job, not appropriate for a young lady to be around, now that Abilene has turned twelve. Here Abilene makes two friends and finds a hidden cigar box with mementos and letters from 1918 under the floor boards. One is a map of Manifest, there is mention of a spy and the girls set about to find out who the spy was in their town back during WWI and if they are still here. They also come upon the legend of "The Rattler" who wanders the dark forest at night. Is the Rattler the spy, or someone/thing else?As the girls read the letters we are transported back to 1918 on the war front in France as the letters are from a local boy to a friend named 'Jinx'. We also are taken back to 1918 on the home-front through Miss Sadie, a diviner, as she tells Abilene stories when she comes over to work her garden to repay a large pot she broke snooping about one night.The story switches perspective between the present, 1936, through the first person narrative of Abilene and the past, 1918, through Miss Sadie's stories, a newspaper column and the letters. A rich engaging story that while not directly linked to any historical events does place one smack dab in the past and creates a good vision of living in a small town during the depression and during World War I, along with an impression of what it was like for a young soldier in the trench warfare of France. Topped off with a large cast of eccentric characters this is a gem of a story. This will be one of the rare modern Newbery's that I think will still be read decades down the road like perennial favourites "Caddie Woodlawn" and "Sounder".

  • Marjorie Ingall
    2019-05-26 05:37

    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 moves back and forth in time -- plus we have the homefront AND the warfront-- it's a mighty crammed kidbook!) are all so literate and thoughtful, but so TOO MUCH. (This book is the embodiment of that maxim about how when you get dressed to go out at night, check yourself in the mirror and then take off one piece of jewelry. Moon Over Manifest could have taken off three or four pieces.) But Abilene (the heroine of the Depression part of the story) and Jinx (the hero of the wartime part of the story) are awfully likable, as is Shady, the bootlegger who plays a big part in both their narratives. The stories eventually come together, as you knew they would, but it takes awhile. And while I realize this isn't a concern of the Newbery committee, actual parents should be forewarned that they're going to have to do a LOT of explaining to a typical kid: mining strikes, immigration history, miracle healing elixirs, Prohibition. I think the moral portrait of a town of immigrants from different lands working together toward common goals is a really good lesson for kids today. My girls liked Turtle in Paradise and A Tale Dark & Grimm much more. I liked those and One Crazy Summer (which Josie rejected in frustration and confusion after 3 or 4 pages because didn't understand who Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali was and why he changed his name, and didn't know that a Boeing 727 was a plane...but I know that if she'd stuck with it she would have loved it too, the stubborn little poop) much more. But hey, that's what makes horse races.

  • Betsy
    2019-05-02 04:21

    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).

  • Keturah
    2019-05-20 08:43

    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 older readers in my library. It honestly had timeless appeal, which I think is difficult for writers to capture when writing for middle graders. The mix of 'newspaper columns,' stories, and current events told by Abilene were a brilliant combination and definitely melded together well. I also appreciated how well the author included so many different historical events, facts, figures, and places. This was a wonderful book and a wonderful choice for the Newbery Award. I look forward to more books from Clare Vanderpool.

  • Frances W.
    2019-05-26 06:41

    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 forward to the end of the book. So far I am giving this book 4 stars!

  • Blue Riding Hood
    2019-05-20 03:31

    آم ... راستش اونقدرا که توقع داشتم خوب نبود ، نمی دونم چرا تو ذهنم ازش بت ساختموسطاش واقعا خسته کننده بود ، هیچ شخصیت جالبی نداشت و تنها نکته ی مثبت ، پایان جالبش بود ... شاید می ارزید که به خاطر آخرش کلش رو بخونید ، شایدم نهدر ضمن نثرش و خیلی چیزای دیگه اش بیشتر به رمان کودک می خورد تا نوجوان

  • Alyssa
    2019-05-25 05:46

    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 Abilene Tucker feels as you go through this bittersweet story with her. You cherish every word of this heartbreaking and beautiful story "it's like sucking on a butterscotch. Smooth and sweet."

  • Renee
    2019-04-28 02:46

    LOVED this depression era coming-of-age story of sweet, imaginative Abilene, who has been sent to her father’s 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 town’s history for some glimpse of her elusive father. Fortunately, she has landed among townsfolk as kind as they are colorful. And through Abilene’s research we enjoy stories from the early 1900’s---how the founding immigrants of the town fight the mining company and the KKK, how the Spanish influenza ravages the country, and how the young men of the town navigate the horrors of WWI. Several times this poignant, charming story brought tears to my eyes---actually, one part had them rolling down my cheeks. I feared the ending, but it was just exactly right. What a hope & light filled book! Must read! The Newbery Medal was well-deserved. (Perfect narrator from Audible.)

  • Erin Reilly-Sanders
    2019-05-13 03:29

    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 through four different methods- Abilene's narration, Miss Sadie's stories, newspaper clippings and Ned's letters- it's a little long and complicated for the audience. It's also skipping about in time and has two rather extensive casts of characters, meaning that this book will require some serious assistance from teachers. My undergraduate students found some of the repetition between the four different storylines annoying and would stop reading one media but I rather enjoyed the confirmation of the story and the different perspectives. I'm also a fast reader and able to skim parts that are less interesting. Concerns aside, the book is very sweet and has some great messages, interesting characters, and nice symbols and visuals. Sort of like A Single Shard, Moon Over Manifest seems to have gotten a reputation as being a hard sell except to kids who are already proficient, prolific readers, an image that I haven't seen any evidence to contradict. However, adults will likely enjoy this book and may find their enthusiasm spread to include kids.

  • Melody
    2019-05-24 04:31

    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 simply beggared belief. The mystery wasn't very mysterious, nor was it believable. At least it wasn't written in free verse.There were some anachronisms, I thought. Would a boy in 1918 really say he wasn't "into" something? Or would girls get their "knickers in a knot"? Several of those jarring notes brought me out of the story. There was an arch tone that crept in and annoyed me, as if the author was addressing the adults reading the novel over the heads of the intended audience. It's very possible, as my friend Barb says, that I'd have disliked it less if it hadn't won the Newbery. I think if it hadn't won the Newbery, I would have taken one look at the cover and went off screaming in the other direction, so it's a moot point. In the interests of full disclosure, I did not read any of the Newbery Honor books this year, either, so I am not grousing because my pet book didn't win.

  • Rosalyn Eves
    2019-05-19 07:33

    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 father sends her away for the summer (while he works on the railways) to Manifest, KS, the one place where he felt home. Abilene feels hurt by her father's action and struggles to understand his connection to Manifest, since everyone she asks returns vague answers. The discovery of a box of letters and mementoes sends her on a quest to find out about the past--including the identity of the spy known as "The Rattler". What she finds manages to surprise her--and the reader. I thought Vanderpool did an excellent job maintaining interest in both Abilene's story and the stories that she uncovers about the past--I was more moved by the concluding chapters than I had expected. They showed a real depth of insight without being preachy or moralizing. I thought this was a powerful story--one that kids and adults can enjoy.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-27 06:27

    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 fears that Gideon has abandoned her (because she is becoming a "young lady") but she soon makes friends and, with the help of a box of trinkets she finds in her room, begins to explore the past and the connections she might have to this town. This novel is also the story of Manifest, a mining town, that has brought immigrants from all over the world and through Abilene's investigations, and the help of a mysterious Hungarian fortune teller, we see the connections between the town as it is in 1936 and how it was in 1917, when a young man named Jinx arrives on the lam and makes friends with another young man named Ned Gillen.It wasn't until I finished the book that I learned it had won the Newberry Award and I can see why.

  • Rebekah
    2019-04-27 05:49

    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 so worth the wait. (And I wish my life had slowed down sooner...but I digress.) Spies. A small town with a mysterious past. Strange notes. Abandoned graveyards. Trinkets which tell a tale that no one speaks of, yet everyone remembers. Family. Loyalty. Friendship. It has it all. All wrapped up in a beautiful story of a girl trying to find where she belongs in this big world. Prepare to be amazed. I was.

  • Connie D
    2019-05-21 04:20

    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.

  • Katie
    2019-04-29 02:44

    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.

  • KC
    2019-05-12 06:45

    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 she and her friends unfold the past by reading correspondents from 1918 between two young men named Jinx and Ned, who was a soldier in France during WWl, she slowly reveals what she has been seeking during the hot summer months. This is a profoundly well written novel, stunningly filled with a wide range of emotions. I was initially drawn to this audiobook because of Jenna Lamia and Kirby Heyborne (two of my all time favorite narrators) but was left with extreme gratitude for a tale well told.

  • Mohy_p
    2019-05-11 03:19

    اولین کتاب 2018ی چندباری تو قفسه های کتابخونه چشمم و گرفته بود ولی گفتم خجالت بکش نوجوانانه حجمشم حدودن میشه گفت زیاد بود منصرف میشدمولی ی بار که رفتم کتابخونه و حس درس خوندن نبود رفتم برش داشتم و شروع کردمنمیدونم چرا اینقد رمانا نوجوانان بهم میچسبه؟من که همیشه میگم حس 18 ساله بودن ندارم فک میکنن شوخی میکنمرمان معمایی خوبی بود دوس داشتماگه خواستین به کسی تو رنج سنی 10-14 کادو بدین فک کنم احتمالش زیاد باشه که خوشش بیاد

  • Irene
    2019-05-19 00:24

    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 scolding’s or adult sanctions. Most importantly, it is a summer of learning about her father. This is a great childhood story where good triumphs, wickedness can be tamed and love never falters.

  • Zahra Dashti
    2019-05-05 04:48

    خوب بود . اینکه بتونی یه داستان نسبتا معمولی رو پر کشش و رمزآلود کنی خیلی خوبه. مخصوصا برای نوجوانها جذاب باید باشه

  • Trinna
    2019-04-26 02:32

    Darling, darling book. My favorite read this year!

  • Abby Buck
    2019-05-19 07:34

    *Spoilers included* Exposition: This book starts out with a girl named Abilene Tucker who goes to stay with her dad's friend while he is off working, so he sends her to Manifest, Texas. Rising Action: Abilene meets Shady, the mysterious man that owns a bar which whom she will be staying with, as she gets to her room, she has a special gift from her father that she wants to hid, she finds a lose floorboard, and decides that's the perfect spot, but something is already there. Climax: Abilene is determined to trace the people and find out where the letters in the cigarette box lead so she checks everywhere, but nothing. She reads the letters and visits the cemetery finding that some of the people in the letters at that time, where dead. Most of them had died the same day. Falling Action: She slowly begins to uncover the secrets and her adventures aren't as great but soon enough the summer begins to come to an end, having met new friends all over the small town. Resolution: She finally gets to see her dad and when she shows him the cigarette box and the letters. He starts to cry and he finally says that he was Jinx, the boy his dead friend had wrote the letters to. Character 1: I think Abilene changed a lot in this book, because adventure and mystery were new to her and she loved it, her character added a lot of spunk to this book giving it that awesome, curious main character kind of sound. She created a lot of interesting and a lot of fun valuable times for shady and made an incredible mark on the town. Character 2: I think Shady had an incredible part in the story because he knew all the answers to Abilene's questions, but, he wanted her to find it out for herself. He added a lot of amazing twist on this book and got the readers eager to learn more about him and uncover his own secrets. Theme: As humans, our curiosity can get a little out of hand, but if we focus on ourselves and respect others around us, out community becomes a better place. It can help us avoid jumping to conclusions and help guide us to solve the real mystery and not intrude on people, helping us grow along with curiosity. Opinion: This was absolutely my favorite book of all time. It had a lot of suspense and it kept you on the end out your seat. This defiantly was amazing and I definitely would read more of Vanderpool's books. The characters were so extremely amazing. Her writing was above and beyond. Everything was absoultely creative and I never wanted the book to stop!