Excellent story for young fans of girl-focused historical fiction. She reminded me of the original Nancy Drew...the version so old that Ned Nickerson had a job delivering ice for pennies.
I love to read!
The characters were very well written. The narrators were all spot on for the voices. This story pulls you in from the very beginning and has you hoping that Abilene will find the answers to all of the mysteries she is trying to solve.
Opening a new book has always been magical...I can travel the world and become part of the lives of each character.
Abilene. At first I fell in love with this child because as a mother I wanted to protect her. But as the story unfolds, and despite the fact she is unwittingly solving a mystery of sorts, she proves to be a resilient young girl who, with with the help of her two friends, solves the mystery of the contents of an box found under the floorboards of her temporary bedroom in Manifest.
Sitting in the treehouse with her 2 young friends.
Not really. It was a kind of book that called you back to its pages. So while you could read it in one sitting without one once of boredom, I read it in two days. And I think I will go back a visit it again and again, just like it is with an old friend.
The reader was superb and the local sayings, such as "well I'll be dipped in sugar" made the book very real and the characters believable. It was not a "page- turner" but a more " sit down with a glass of wine" kind of book that was hard to put down because you wanted to take a few more peeks and what's goin' on in the oddly named town of Manifest.
A story that will wrap you up and suck you in its weaving tale. Similar to a tale one might imagine an old gentlemanly grandpa telling his grandchildren as they sit on his knee. This story is Huckleberry Finn and Homer Price combined with Bridge to Teribithia. Pain. Laughs. Tears and smiles. It is a perfect story.
I thought this was a great story, and I was satisfied with the ending. Great characters. Jenna Lamia is always a good reader, so that was an extra for me.
I know the book is good when I have to get the Kindle book to read so I can easily move from house to car.
You will not be disappointed.
I hated this to end! I love stories of small towns through the eyes of children.
Abilene is a wise and determined little girl. Manifest is a small town with interesting characters. I enjoyed the switch between the 1930's and 1918 as she tries to discover mysteries. She lives with an honorable man who is part parson, bar keep, and more. She makes friends with a local fortune teller and slowly, slowly pieces of information is shared. I enjoyed the 3 girls working together to find the Rattler. The story of Jinxs and Dan. The newspaper lady and much more.
My girls and I took a road trip and decided to listen to this together. It was fantastic! The different narrators and the story line were a perfect combination. I highly recommend this book. I enjoyed it as much as my girls!
This was an excellent book. A little bit of Huck Finn and the character development and warmth of Jan Karon's Mitford series.