Meet spunky Abilene Tucker, 12 year old daughter of a drifter, who puts her on a train to Manifest, Kansas, to spend the summer of 1936 with colorful people from his past. A local diviner reveals stories from the days of World War I (1917-1918) in flashbacks that parallel life in 1936, as Abilene searches for a connection to her father. Mystery, adventure, spy hunting, secrets, and humor slowly form a memorable story of family and community. Children's author Patricia Reilly Giff, two-time Newbery Honor Winner, describes this book as "The best book I've read in ages." 2011 Newbery Medal Winner.
Recommended for grade 5 and up.