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Title: Moon Over Manifest
Author: Clare Vanderpool (link)
Pub Date: October 2010
Synopsis: 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. Abilene jumps off the train in 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.”
First Line: The movement of the train rocked me like a lullaby.
I'm so excited to spotlight this book! It's lovely in every way, with haunting mystery, deep characters, and stories that unravel like a spool of thread. Moon Over Manifest is one of those books that stays with you long after you read it. It has all the makings of a classic, and is perfect for anyone who loved To Kill a Mockingbird. Which is pretty much everyone, right?
Fun Fact: Vanderpool won the Newbery Medal for Moon Over Manifest as a debut author.
Moon Over Manifest Giveaway: Since this is my *100th* blog post, I'm celebrating with my very first giveaway. I have a paperback copy of Moon Over Manifest to pass on to one middle grade aficionado.
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