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Homecoming (The Tillerman Series #1) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2002
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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.Read more ›
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?
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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I READ this book in my early teens and I loved it. Now , almost ten years later I have rediscovered the joy I first felt reading it and the pleasant surprise that it didn't end... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Aijaruc HIme
This is the book that taught me reading was fun. I love this book! It's a great story about siblings who are left alone in a car.Published 24 days ago by Jessica B.
same as the above review, but perhaps not quite as gripping a page-turnerPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
In fifth grade I fell in love with this book. I read the tale cover-to-cover with the single-minded obsession that’s unleashed in me whenever I find a compelling story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jessica
I enjoyed the book very much. I gave a four rating for personal reasons. There were too much time wasted describing the landscape. A lot of fillers. But overall a great book.. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
I discovered this book many years ago in the children's/YA section of my local bookstore. At first I was hesitant about reading a book where a mentally ill mother abandons her four... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stephanie McCall
I bought this book for my daughter and she was very pleased with it. She loved it.Published 4 months ago by Beatrice Franklin-Woodfin