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Dicey's Song (The Tillerman Series #2) Mass Market Paperback – April 12, 1987


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (April 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449702766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449702765
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,250,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Well-written, thoughtful, imaginative and haunting." Junior Bookshelf "The Tillerman series... is a tour de force" The Guardian --This text refers to the Print on Demand (Paperback) edition.

From the Publisher

This is the sequel to HOMECOMING and is the winner of the winner of the Newberry Award. Here Dicey (our courageous protagonist) and her siblings are adjusting to life on a farm with their grandmother. But Dicey has new conflicts--puberty and the longing for her dying mother. Of the 300 top selling mass market books Ballantine has published in the past year, DICEY'S SONG ranks as number 44. Free Teacher's Guide available (394-21872).

More About the Author

Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal for Dicey's Song and the Newbery Honor Award for A Solitary Blue, both part of the beloved Tillerman Cycle. She is also the author of many other celebrated books for middle-grade and teen readers, including Izzy, Willy-Nilly and Jackaroo. She was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1995 for her work in literature, and the Katahdin Award in 2004. She lives in Maine.

Customer Reviews

Another great aspect of this book, that I touched upon, were the characters.
A Customer
We really enjoy and recommend this book, and the entire Tillerman Series, for all ages young and old.
Noland C. Brown
It'll make you think really hard, harder than you ever had about most things.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on May 9, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read Dicey's Song by Cythia Voigt and I really liked it. The book Homecoming is the companion to Dicey's Song. I had read that, and I couldn't wait to read this one next. Dicey's Song talks about what happens to Tillerman's after they get to their Grandma's. Dicey is now 13 and doesn't like school, and she is having a hard time with not always doing things for her siblings. It talks about how things are different now between her siblings and her. It talks about them not needing her as much anymore. You also find out more about Dicey's mother and the relationship Dicey's mother and grandmother had. I thought the story was very suspenseful. It was hard to put down because you wanted to find out what was going to happen next to Dicey. The characters are another reason I gave the book this rating. They are great. Cythia Voigt does a great job of giving you a glimpse into the characters thoughts. My favorite character isn't Dicey though, it's her little brother Sammy. He is a goofball and the things he does crack me up. My third reason for this rating is that I liked how you got to find out what happened to the Tillerman's after they moved in with their grandma, but the story still had a plot. Some sequels can be pretty dull, but this one wasn't at all.
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When the Newbery Award (given each year to a children's book that is deemed the best-written work of the past 365 days) is handed to a sequel, I always get a bit incredulous. Really? This book is great in and of itself without having read its predecessor? In my opinion, sequels should never receive awards. If you thought that they were so great, award the first book/movie/album in the series, cause otherwise the awardee isn't going to make much sense. Harumph! There are exceptions to every rule, though. "Dicey's Song" may be one of the few. Unlike Lloyd Alexander's, "The High King" or "The Grey King" by Susan Cooper (the Newbery has a penchant for "King"ly sequels), Cynthia Voigt's quiet masterpiece does not necessarily require that the reader know the story that preceded it. It wouldn't hurt and it would probably make for a much better read, but not reading "Homecoming" isn't going to lessen your enjoyment of Book Two in the Tillerman family series.

After walking with her younger brothers and sister for months and months to their grandmother's house, Dicey Tillerman and her sibs have found a home. Granted, that home is with crochety possibly-mad Grandma Tillerman, but that's good enough for them. Grandma has made it perfectly clear that she enjoys their company, regrets some of the mistakes she made with her own children, and is willing to adopt them immediately. As the eldest, Dicey is pleased but being adopted by a beloved relative isn't enough to ease her day-to-day worries. Younger brother James is making himself appear like an average kid in school (rather than the genius he truly is) so that he'll have friends. Little Maybeth has never done well in her classes, and though she's a whiz at music comprehension, she doesn't even understand basic fractions.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
Voight is a fantastic writer. If I hadn't been taking a childrens literature class I would not have read any of her books. Started out with Homecoming, then Dicey's Song, and then Sons From Afar. My favorite so far is Dicey's Song. I am still planning on reading more about Dicey in Seventeen Against the Dealer. I know the grandmother is old and just getting older, hope they don't have her die off. I really like the relationship that the grandmother has with all of the kids, but think there is that special bond between Dicey and herself. Just an excellent book and series about the Tillermans. Dicey and the rest of the kids turn the grandmother back into the caring person that she is - very outstanding book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kaitlin on February 14, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dicey has always looked out for her family, and after her mother and father abandon her and her siblings, she feels a great responsibility to care for her brothers and sister while they are living with their grandmother. Each member of her family is having a hard time fitting in. Maybeth, her younger sister is having a very difficult time in school; her brother James is doing fine in school, but having a hard time fitting in, while her other brother Sammy is having a hard time behaving. Cynthia Voigt wonderfully describes Dicey's feelings and the troubles she's having trying to keep up with her family's troubles. Dicey's Song is a realistic book about a family, who cares very much, about each other and the people surrounding them, and their struggles to survive with very little money. Their love for each other is strong and they help each other as best they can. This is a touching book that will make you think about how lucky you really are. I really enjoyed this book because it was interesting and about every day life, it was sometimes funny, and sometimes sad, but I can assure you putting this book down will be one of the hardest things you ever do.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert James on July 16, 2000
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While I love "The Homecoming," I think "Dicey'sSong" is even better than that first novel. Having read"The Runner" before I read "The Homecoming," I came to "Dicey's Song" knowing all about Bullet and Dicey's grandmother. I understood how important it was for Dicey and her siblings to make contact with their grandmother, who had cut off all contact with the world years before. For me, Dicey really finds her home in this novel, rather than in "The Homecoming," because it's in this novel that she makes herself at home with her grandmother and her siblings. In short, a charming, touching read.
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