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Author: Clare Vanderpool Narrator: Jenna Lamia, Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9780307968159
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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.
Powerful in its simplicity and rich in historical detail, Clare Vanderpool’s debut is a gripping story of loss and redemption. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Starred review, BOOKLIST, October 15, 2010:
    After a life of riding the rails with her father, 12-year-old Abilene can’t understand why he has sent her away to stay with Pastor Shady Howard in Manifest, Missouri, a town he left years earlier; but over the summer she pieces together his story. In 1936, Manifest is a town worn down by sadness, drought, and the Depression, but it is more welcoming to newcomers than it was in 1918, when it was a conglomeration of
    coal-mining immigrants who were kept apart by habit, company practice, and prejudice. Abilene quickly finds friends and uncovers a local mystery. Their summerlong “spy hunt” reveals deep-seated secrets and helps restore residents’ faith in the bright future once promised on the town’s sign. Abilene’s first-person narrative is intertwined with newspaper columns from 1917 to 1918 and stories told by a diviner, Miss Sadie, while letters home from a soldier fighting in WWI add yet another narrative layer. Vanderpool weaves humor and sorrow into a complex tale involving murders, orphans, bootlegging, and a mother in hiding. With believable dialogue, vocabulary and imagery appropriate to time and place, and welldeveloped characters, this rich and rewarding first novel is “like sucking on a butterscotch. Smooth and sweet.”

  • Starred review, KIRKUS REVIEWS, September 15, 2010:
    “Readers will cherish every word up to the heartbreaking yet hopeful
    and deeply gratifying ending.”
  • Starred review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, September 27, 2010:
    "Replete with historical details and surprises, Vanderpool's debut delights,
    while giving insight into family and community.”
    "Ingeniously plotted and gracefully told."

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 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 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 Kathy | 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 Marianne | 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindy | 1/5/2014

    " I liked the back story better than the real story- but it was a somewhat entertaining read. However, it is never discussed how this girl came to be Gideon's daughter- which I thought was a bit weird not to mention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasha | 12/21/2013

    " Cute story. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sami | 12/6/2013

    " This book looked very interesting, as one of the New York Times Bestseller. It even won a John Newbery Medal. Abilene Tucker is the main character that was sent away by her father to live in Manifest, Kentucky. She always heard stories of her father, but they were brief. Abilene wanted more than anything, to know how her father was as a boy in Manifest. She was upset to see that the town she had heard so much about, was just an old town taken over by the depression. Abilene was snooping around and found a cigar box, filled with letters. She decided that maybe this is the connection to her father that she was looking for. She meets a fortune teller, that helps uncover the past of Manifest. I felt this was an easy read for kids and shared great information about he past, around the 1930s. I would have my students read this, but do activities as we read along.Clare Vanderpool did a great job of portraying what it was like to live in that town and I could imagine it as I read through the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 12/4/2013

    " This was a beautiful book, I loved everything about it and this is now one of my favorite books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shayna | 11/26/2013

    " This book was amazing. There were two different stories that went on at the same time and came together at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Letty | 11/25/2013

    " A great story, great writing, loved how everything wraps up in the end!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 maisha | 11/17/2013

    " this book was realy good Amzing plot belivable characters. lots of fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Remy | 10/29/2013

    " It is one of my favorite books. I like how it tells a story in a story. I also really like how every time I re read it I love it all over again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 8/2/2013

    " Good, solid story. Liked the author's style of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Westfordys | 7/7/2013

    " Newberry Award winning historical fiction that takes place in the time period of 1918-1936. I enjoyed very much but I love historical fiction. There are multiple stories within stories which causes the book to start off slow before you become emotionally invested. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 3/15/2013

    " Wonderful book! Finally, a Newbery award winner that doesn't feature horrible things happening to a child. Fantastic characters and great writing made me sad when this story was over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holli | 2/20/2013

    " Simply loved this book. Really great read, one that I will want Abby to read when she is a little older. Takes place in a very interesting time in our history with plenty of charming characters. Made a good bookclub discussion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayne | 1/2/2013

    " What a great story!! It kept me turning the pages. I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 11/18/2012

    " Good book. Slow starter, and pretty easy to see what's coming, but enjoyable none-the-less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 9/7/2012

    " I thought this was a charming, fun read. Enjoyed the writing, the stories, and the characters. Good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lian | 3/27/2012

    " Fully deserves its Newbery Award. A deeply moving, funny portrait of a small town, and the girl who changes it. It's not a fast-moving novel, but the slow pace suits the characters and the gradual unwinding of the two stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/14/2012

    " I loved this book! Great story with many surprises. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 6/30/2011

    " I really liked this book, but I would think it may be a bit too long and in parts boring for the age group it was written for. I really enjoyed the mysteries and how they were all solved. Looking forward to more books from the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laural | 6/29/2011

    " Great book about finding one's home and place in society. At the same time it highlights the different kinds of love: parental and friendship. It was a very moving book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 6/29/2011

    " Loved this book, another historical fiction set around the depression with flashbacks to 1918. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 6/27/2011

    " Loved the book. Loved the story. Loved the time period. It's all good. A great summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krystal | 6/27/2011

    " I loved this book. Completely deserving of the Newbery Medal, in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellie | 6/23/2011

    " Meaningful novel, that shares the story of a child looking for answers. Clare Vanderpool depicts a convincing story in two time periods with easy comprehension. This coming of age story, enables the reader to envision a setting at two distinct times, connecting the characters with meaning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/21/2011

    " Very charming story that is cleverly written. Deserving of the Newbery, but I'm not sure how much children are going to enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 6/21/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was very reminiscent of Anne of Green Gables and Tom Sawyer. The story was well laid out and I liked the back and forth between 1918 and 1936. It was nice to read something other than the super-natural! "

About the Author

Clare Vanderpool, recipient of the 2011 Newbery Award, is a resident of Wichita, Kansas. She has a degree in English and Elementary Education and enjoys reading, going to the pool with her children, the television show Monk, and visiting the bookstores in her town.

About the Narrators

Jenna Lamia is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator. She has won the prestigious Audie Award, as well as more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her narration of The Book of Polly was named a 2018 Outstanding Audiobook Narration by RUSA. She narrated Mary E. Pearson’s The Adoration of Jenna Fox, which won a YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults award, and Carol Lynch Williams’ The Chosen One, for which she received the 2010 Audie Award for Best Female Solo Narration. She has appeared on and off-Broadway, and her acting credits include appearances on Oz, Law & Order: SVU, and NYPD Blue. She has attended Amherst College, New York University, and the Sorbonne in Paris.

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered over twenty Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.