Moon Over Manifest

Moon Over Manifest

Moon Over Manifest

Have you ever had the feeling that maybe the adults aren’t telling you something? They stop whispering when you enter the room. They get funny looks in their eyes when you ask questions. Their eyebrows raise. Sometimes, they seem about to tell you something…and then stop.

Abilene arrives by train in Manifest, Kansas looking for some answers. Her Daddy has sent her to his home town alone, a home town he hasn’t set foot in since he was a boy. Why did he send her away? Why did he send her to Manifest? Why is everyone so evasive? (That means they want to avoid her questions; they don’t want to talk about her Dad.)

All Abilene finds at first is more questions, like who drew the map and wrote the letters that she finds in the old cigar box? And why does the box, which was hidden very carefully, also contain a cork, a fishhook, a silver dollar, a fancy key & a tiny wooden baby doll? Is the map a treasure map? Are the little items just junk, or are they clues? When Abilene starts to ask questions an ominous note appears at the entrance to the treehouse she is using for a hideout. “Leave Well Enough Alone” (page 47)

This is a story about the kind of mystery that has remained unsolved for so long, it almost disappears as the suspects and the clues fade away or die as the years go by. Abilene intervenes just in time so that the things in the cigar box can help the grown-ups tell a very important story that will give Abilene the answers she needs to solve a very important mystery; and the answers she needs about her Dad. Sometimes, the grown-ups are just waiting for the right time to talk as well as the right way. Author: Clare Vanderpool; Newbery Medal 2011

If you like the idea of family secrets and believe that treasure can be found in the attics, barns, and hidey places in old houses…as well as in the stories that old people tell and in their memories, this the story for you.
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