Clare Vanderpool

Clare Vanderpool (B.S. in Elementary Education, B.A. in English) has been a reader since she was five and a writer since she was six. Ever since her first grade story was selected for publication in her school newspaper she had the writing bug.

In her summer writing camp for kids, Clare teaches her students that good writing comes from good reading and a lot of observation. Historical fiction is a favorite of Clare’s, both to read and to write – stories rooted in a strong sense of place and time.  Her first novel, Moon Over Manifest, is set in the small town of Manifest, Kansas, based on the real town of Frontenac, located in southeast Kansas where her maternal grandparents were both from. Clare now lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband and four children.


Navigating Early Navigating Early (Delacorte, 2013)
The post-war adventure of two boys on the Appalachian trail, and how pirates, buried secrets, and extroardinary encounters lead them to some unexpected insights into themselves and those they love.

2014 Honor Book, Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, American Library Association

2014, Juvenile Literary Award, Friends of American Writers

2014, Best YA Fiction, YALSA

2014, Notable Books for Children, ALSC
Kirkus Best Books of 2013
School Library Journal Best Books 2013


“Clare Vanderpool deftly rows this complex, inventive novel — her most recent since her Newbery-winning ‘Moon Over Manifest’ — to a tender, surprising and wholly satisfying ending.”
The Washington Post

“The hallmark of ‘Navigating Early’ is abundant adventure…The friendship between Jackie and Early and the Morton Hill Academy episodes overall have the flavor of Wes Anderson’s delightful summer camp movie, ‘Moonrise Kingdom.'”
The New York Times

“An emotionally believable and moving work of magical realism.”
The Wall Street Journal


Moon Over ManifestMoon Over Manifest (Delacorte, 2010)

Abilene Tucker feels abandoned when her father sends her off on a train to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job.

2011 John Newbery Medal, the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children, American Library Association.

2011, Best Juvenile Fiction, the Western Writers of America

2011, Notable Books for Children, American Library Association
2010, New Voices Picks List, Association of Booksellers for Children


*”Readers will cherish every word up to the heartbreaking yet hopeful and deeply gratifying ending.”
Kirkus, starred review

“The best book I’ve read in ages. I’ll long remember Abilene and the people she loved… An amazing book! I laughed and cried and ached for Abilene.”
– Patricia Reilly Giff, author of Lily’s Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods

Agent: Andrea Cascardi