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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10,434 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clare Vanderpool Narrator: Jenna Lamia, Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The movement of the train rocked me like a lullaby. I closed my eyes to the dusty countryside and imagined the sign I’d seen only in Gideon’s stories: Manifest—a town with a rich past and a bright future. 
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. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, 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.”

Abilene throws all caution aside when she heads down the mysterious Path to Perdition to pay a debt to the reclusive Miss Sadie, a diviner who only tells stories from the past. It seems that Manifest’s history is full of colorful and shadowy characters—and long-held secrets. The more Abilene hears, the more determined she is to learn just what role her father played in that history. And as Manifest’s secrets are laid bare one by one, Abilene begins to weave her own story into the fabric of the town.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elizabeth Schrank | 2/17/2014

    " This is a book that could be used with fifth and maybe sixth graders. It is about a young girl whose father sends her Kansas for the summer. It is where her father grew up. She goes on many adventures that are full of surprises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tessa | 2/13/2014

    " I loved this debut novel by Clare Vanderpool. I love novels with quirky characters and this one was chock full of them. The protagonist, Abilene, is a spunky girl who has had to pull herself up by the bootstraps her whole life. She gets sent to the town of Manifest (Kansas? can't remember), a tiny dying town, and thinks she's going to be bored out of her skull. But the nun, gypsy, bartender/preacher all make sure she's got plenty of excitement. The book reminded me of some of the fun Southern novels, although it's not set in the South. I wondered if the two story threads would bug me but found that I was gripped by both. Ending was satisfying, too, something I haven't always found in books lately. I recommend this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathy Halsan | 2/9/2014

    " Nate gave me this book for Christmas. I believe it is written for young adults and is a Caldecott Winner. It was really fun and had all of my favorite things in one book: 1918 Flu epidemic, WWI, life on the prairie, and a good mystery. The characters were rich and the story was full of twists and turns. Thanks, Nate!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marianne Mitchell | 2/2/2014

    " I first read this as a library check-out but was so taken with the story and the way it was told, I had to buy my own copy and read it again. (and I could mark the lines I loved best!) The author uses a variety of formats in telling this story, from narration to news clippings to old advertisements to fortune telling. Great characters add depth to a story that is not only a good historical read, but a compelling mystery. "

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