Winner of the 2011 Newbery Award. The town, Manifest, is based on the author's grandparents' hometown. She wanted to write a story about what life and home would be like for a girl on the rails.
"Vanderpool illustrates the importance of stories as a way for children to understand the past, inform the present and provide hope for the future." --Newbery Medal Committee Chair Cynthia K. Richey
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