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Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt

Homecoming (original 1981; edition 1981)

by Cynthia Voigt

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Authors:Cynthia Voigt
Info:New York: Atheneum, 1981.
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Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt (1981)

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Mrs. Tillerman pulls into a mall parking lot with her four children, aged 6 to 13. She tells them to stay in the car - she'll be back in a few minutes. But she never returns. After two days in the parking lot, Dicey, the eldest, decides that she isn't coming back. They were on their way to see a distant cousin in another city, and so she figures their best chance of seeing their mother again is to go there. So the four children start on a journey of survival to try to find their mother, and a home.
Dicey is the protagonist of the story. She is 13, but is still frequently mistaken for a boy. She is bold, loyal, determined, and willing to fight if she needs to. James is the next oldest. He is exceptionally smart, but relies on Dicey to make all the decisions. Maybeth is the third. She is sweet and simple. Not quite mentally handicapped, but maybe close. Sammy is the youngest. He is stubborn and brazen. All four are loyal to each other above all else.
During the course of their journey, they encounter a handful of strangers - some good, some bad, most somewhere in between.
A wonderful tale of orphaned (or as good as orphaned) children doing everything in their power to stay together at all costs. ( )
  fingerpost | Oct 20, 2018 |
One day a family goes on a road trip to visit their Aunt Cilla but on the wat they stop in a mall parking lot the mom leaevs the four kids Dicey,James, Maybeth, and Sammyin a car.
  lucyd.b4 | Jan 18, 2018 |
This book feels so real that I had to remind myself that it was fiction. Well developed characters and lots of thought provoking incidents. I can easily see why it was nominated for several international prizes and made into a movie. Made a good choice for a book club. Our Vintage Book Circle had mixed reactions. Some of us were looking for more escape and so this was too gritty for them. Others really appreciated the grounded reality that was presented as well as the courage and tenacity of the children in the book. When I finished and wanted to immediately read Dicey's Song the Newbery award winning sequel to this one. Glad it was chosen for our book club. ( )
  njcur | Nov 6, 2017 |
Dicey and her brothers and sister are abandoned by their mother in a car in a mall parking lot. They were on their way to an aunt's house, so they decide to keep going on their own, hoping that this unknown relative will take them in and help them find their mother. Dicey leads them on a long journey through towns, state parks, across rivers and bays, sleeping in off-the-road places and doing odd jobs here and there for spare change while avoiding any authorities. Their trek doesn't end at the aunt's place, though, who isn't, for various reasons, good for them. But they learn that they have a possibly-insane grandmother, and so they continue on with their journey, alone but together.
An excellent yarn; I was rooting for Dicey and her little family from Page One. ( )
  electrascaife | May 6, 2017 |
If you have not read the Tillerman series, Read it!!! One of the most important series I read as a teen. ( )
  Contusions | Dec 23, 2016 |
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The woman put her sad moon-face in at the window of the car.
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Dicey began to panic. The four of them had been waiting in the car for hours now. Why wasn't their mother back? Why had she just walked off like that? What would they do if she never came back? Dicey had known for a while that something was not right with her mother. There wasn't anything she could put her finger on, but when Mamma said goodbye to them that day in the supermarket car park, Dicey knew that she wasn't coming back. And so Dicey, as the eldest, plans to lead the three others halfway across America to their aunt -- on foot. And the story of how they reached their destination and what they found there is one of the most gripping in children's literature; it is the story of one child's courage against impossible odds, and of a determination to find a home that never lets up. Homecoming, the first in a series of seven wonderful novels, is a must for any reader, young or old.

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Abandoned by their mother, four children begin a search for a home and an identity.

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