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... read more
Abilene Tucker was sent to Manifest by her father, Gideon Tucker. But for the first time he isn't coming with her. She is staying with Shady, the Pastor, and when searching for a place to hide her special things, she finds a cigar box holding mementos and letters. When she reads about The... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Abilene Tucker was sent to Manifest by her father, Gideon Tucker. But for the first time he isn't coming with her. She is staying with Shady, the Pastor, and when searching for a place to hide her special things, she finds a cigar box holding mementos and letters. When she reads about The Rattler, a so called old spy, she and her friends Lettie and Ruthanne start a spy hunt. The get a note on there tree though, and it reads: Leave Well Enough Alone. But when Abilene nocks down a vase of Miss Sadie's, the diviner, while trying to retrieve her compass, she has to work for her for the summer. But while working she is told the story of Jinx, a con artist who has a past that he is trying to escape from, Ned Gillen, a track star in Manifest, and the people of Manifest. She figures out the past of Manifest with Lettie and Ruthanne and figure out who the rattler is. She also learns who Jinx really is. In the end, she gets her father to come and takes over Hattie Mae's News Auxiliary when Hattie Mae Macke retires.
“( I'm from) all over. My daddy says its not down on any map. True places never are.”Abeline Tucker
“Gideon says a rose is a rose. But when it comes down to it, there's some more rosy and some more thorny. I didn't know yet if she was rose or thorn...”Abilene Tucker
“But then, hard times are a penny for plenty. They call it a Depression, but I'd say it's a downright rut and the whole country's in it. (p.13)”Abilene Tucker
Memories were like sunshine. They warmed you up and left a pleasant glow, but you couldn’t hold them.Highlighted by 36 Kindle customers
I thought I knew a thing or two about people. Even had my list of universals. But I wondered. Maybe the world wasn’t made of universals that could be summed up in neat little packages. Maybe there were just people. People who were tired and hurt and lonely and kind in their own way and their own time.Highlighted by 28 Kindle customers
The Lord himself knew the power of a good story. How it can reach out and wrap around a person like a warm blanket.”Highlighted by 27 Kindle customers
“When there is suffering, we look for a reason. That reason is easiest found within oneself.”Highlighted by 25 Kindle customers
If there is such a thing as a universal—and I wasn’t ready to throw all of mine out the window—it’s that there is power in a story. And if someone pays you such a kindness as to make up a tale so you’ll enjoy a gingersnap, you go along with that story and enjoy every last bite.Highlighted by 25 Kindle customers
Start with the word manifest. It’s a verb as well as a noun. Look it up.”Highlighted by 23 Kindle customers
“Who would dream that one can love without being crushed under the weight of it?” Hot tears burned in my eyes. Being loved could be crushing too.Highlighted by 17 Kindle customers
“Elam bouzshda gramen ze.” I poked my head up from the dust. “Say again?” “It is Gypsy. It means the person you encounter is often more than the person you see.”Highlighted by 15 Kindle customers
I’m reminded of a line in a book I read in high school. “It is not down in any map; true places never are.”Highlighted by 14 Kindle customers
Hope is something most of us have been none too familiar with lately. Some men try to fight it off like a bad cold. Others let it wrap around them like a blanket. Me? It creeps quietly into my dreams and it looks like Pop, and you, and home.Highlighted by 14 Kindle customers
We understand and make meaning of text through a cultural lens of background knowledge. This book can be enjoyed on a basic plot line level--abandoned young girl, mysteries, and quirky characters. However, readers can create greater meaning and a deeper level of understanding if they have some background knowledge of America during the Great Depression of the 1930s, Prohibition, and World War I.
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