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"The plot has pace and is exciting, but the real fascination lies in the characters of the children! A powerful book." The Guardian "A really engaging and gripping story, well written" Grimsby Evening Telegraph "Keeps you hooked" Children's Bookshelf "The details of day-to-day survival are totally absorbing" ILEA Contact "The Tillerman series! is a tour de force" The Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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HOMECOMING is consistently one of our all-time best school adoption titles. In fact, of the 300 top selling mass market books Ballantine has published in the past year, HOMECOMING ranks as number 32. That's right up there with Michael Crichton, Anne Rice, and Amy Tan. Curious to see what all the excitement was about, I was compelled to read it. I was not disappointed. This is a heartwarming story of child abandonment and how a determined 13-year-old (Dicey Tillerman) courageously leads her three younger siblings to the safety of a new home. We in the educational marketing department feel it's already a contemporary classic. Also available are free Teacher's Guides (394-21873). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: The Tillerman Cycle (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442450614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442450615
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (418 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 18, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I decided to suddenly try to read as many different kinds of children's books out there, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Suddenly I was discovering a multitude of different staples, awards, experts, critiques, and controversies. Perhaps most surprising to me, however, were those books that I was somewhat familiar with, but not actually fluent in. Cynthia Voigt's Tillerman saga is a collection of some seven books about a single variegated family. The series is considered by some to be a masterpiece. So I decided that the time had come to finally give these books a try. Of course, the first book in the saga, "Homecoming" is daunting. It's a work of realistic fiction filling about 402 pages. Hardly light reading. I started it with some reluctance. Then I found myself completely unable to stop until I'd reached the end. This is one of the best books I've ever had the pleasure to read. I only wish that had been obvious from the outset.

It sounds like the headline of a tabloid newspaper: Mother Abandons Children In Mall Parking Lot. But for the Tillerman children, Dicey James, Maybeth, and Sammy, their situation is horribly real. Their mother has abandoned them without explanation or even so much as a goodbye. Dicey, the thirteen-year-old eldest of the kids, thinks the situation through. They have a little money and they know where their only known relative, a rich aunt, lives. If they go to the police they may be separated from one another and placed in foster homes. If they make it to the aunt's house, however, they might be able to stay together. It's a risk considering the distance they must travel and the dangers along the way, but Dicey has faith in their mission. The book is split into two portions.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read Homecoming in 3rd grade as my first "fat book" (it has 372 pages). I loved it, even though it took me about three months to finish. Since then I've read it two other times. Homecoming lets your imagination soar, thinking of odd and fascinating ways to earn money and survive in this world. In Homecoming after their mother deserts them at a shopping mall, Dicey (age 13) and her younger siblings (ages 6,9,10) must survive a trip to their Aunt Cilla's house. WALKING! Money is a BIG problem, at the beginning of their trip all they had was a measly $11. And they spent $4 the first night! All four struggle to withstand the threat of starvation. And at points in the story, they walk for so long and so hard; you'd wonder why they just don't collapse. Also is the terror of being caught and put in a foster home. Man! How can you expect a 13-year-old to hold all that responsibility! Luckily a couple of people they meet are kind, but certainly not everyone! I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who has a good imagination or loves adventures!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina, Rachel, Heather, Molly & Frannie on February 17, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Where's Momma?"
This is the question Dicey, a thirteen year old girl and her three siblings asked. The are abandoned in a parking lot by their mother. It is now up to Dicey to protect her brothers and sister through this intense journey to find relative that would take care of them. As well as being responsible and couragous, Dicey was very devoted to her family. She was also very determinded to get to Bridgeport, where she believed her Aunt Cilla lived. Dicey's ten year old brother, James, helped her tremendously on thier expedition to find a family. Maybeth, Dicey's only sister, was very shy, unlike her brother Sammy, who was vastly outgoing. "Momma took the keys," Dicey thought. "So we can't drive." Their only other solution was to walk to their aunt's house in Bridgeport. She was the only relative they knew of. Would Dicey make it more than 100 miles with two brothers and a sister, when she had only seven dollars in her pocket? The story, Homecoming, had many themes. One theme is "always stay together" because if Dicey had traveled alone and something happened, she wouldn't survive. Another theme is, "everything happens for a reason" because if the Tillermans' mom didn't leave them, Dicey and her family would have never been able to meet their other relatives. This novel is rich in vocabulary and beautiful language. Cynthia Voigt uses wonderful sensory descriptions and language. An example of this is when she says, "twilight crept over the water towards them, dainty as a mouse". The author allows you to visualize what is happening so you feel like you are actually there. Will Dicey and her family ever survive?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Malloch on July 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read some of the reviews written by adolescents, and I guess I'm not surprised by the comments. It is interesting to know that people think this could never happen in real life. I'm a social worker, and I have heard stories very similar to the one told by this book. Where do people think that the homeless and mentally ill live or find food? How do you think they survive?
This book is about courage, strength, and the will to keep a family together despite insurmountable odds. This book isn't necessarily about entertaining the reader. It's about EDUCATING the reader. Your life isn't the only life in this world. There is suffering and pain that exists on a whole other level that many of the children born today can never understand. Technology has rendered our society lazy, selfish, and ambivalent. This book is a gem, and should be treated as such.
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