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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.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published on October 12, 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0385738838
ISBN-13: 9780385738835
24 Book Reviews
  • sugarybutterpop
    sugarybutterpopover 3 years33 stars
    personally I think this book is a bit long but also it talks more about Ned and Jinx than Abilene !!!!!!!!!!!
    • firebroover 3 years
      this book is sooo good
      • alwaysdream
        alwaysdreamabout 5 years55 stars
        Great book, especially if you love historical fiction! I loved watching Abilene unravel the history of Manifest and learn more about herself in the process.
        • runnergirl123
          runnergirl123over 5 years44 stars
          This book has a very good beginning and the setting in in the 1920s. Which I think is really cool. If you like action books this book is not for you. I hope you enjoy!
          • bobthekitty
            bobthekittyover 6 years
            I'm reading this book and now I know that Manifest was a place in Kansas
            • memoose
              memooseover 6 years55 stars
              One of the best books I've ever read!
            • booknutjob
              booknutjobover 6 years55 stars
              This is one of those books where you start out --- eh, you could do without it. Then by the end, you're in love. Amazing book!!!
              • cezarregalaover 6 years
                best book i've ever read!
                • ejvarga
                  ejvargaabout 7 years
                  This book looks really good.
                  • asma234
                    asma234almost 8 years55 stars
                    I read this book about a year ago,and I remember very little about it.I do know I was glued into the book like it was a good movie.It was full of mystery,and had me running back to the book every chance I had.I do have my own copy,but I just have to find it so I can read the book again.I loved it.5 stars from me.