Moon over Manifest – Clare Vanderpool

Set in Kansas during the time of the Great Depression this is the story of twelve-year-old Abilene who has lived a life on the move with her father, hitching rides on trains from one town to the next. That is, until her father sends her to the town of Manifest to stay with an old friend for the summer while he works on the railways. Searching for clues about her father’s past Abilene uncovers more than one mystery in the town of Manifest. From a hidden box full of mementos – including some old letters that mention a spy known as the Rattler – to the town diviner, Miss Sadie, and her stories about two boys who lived in Manifest in 1917, Abilene is able to piece together the colourful story of Manifest. Abilene is witty, bold and curious, and this is an enthralling and moving novel about secrets, family, belonging, loss and redemption.

Clare Vanderpool

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