"The Rattler is watching." This Newbery award winning book is historical fiction/mystery with just enough humor to delight any reader. The plot can get involved, with all the great characters you meet in Manifest, Kansas. Set in depression 1936, with flashbacks to 1918, Abilene is desperate to find clues to her father and the intriguing box of keepsakes she finds hidden. Sent to Manifest to live with her father's friend, Pastor Shady while her father works on the railroad, Abilene connects with Miss Sadie, a storyteller and "diviner" who slowly leads her through the story of Ned and Jinx. Plenty of historical references to the KKK, the flu epidemic, immigration, and tough times following the Great Depression abound. Suspenseful ending that was most satisfying. Good child book for adults, too.