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Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt
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Dicey's Song (original 1982; edition 1984)

by Cynthia Voigt (Author)

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Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and courage.
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Title:Dicey's Song
Authors:Cynthia Voigt (Author)
Info:Fawcett (1984), Edition: English Language, 211 pages
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Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt (1982)

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{my thoughts} - This is only the second book in the series. But it is heartfelt, it is about trial and error in attempting to gain the love and upstanding of a relative that otherwise would not want you in their lives. It touches your heart when you read about Dicey finally seeing her mother again and having to accept that there is nothing left of her. It is sad when she dies but it's alright to because it allows for the children to move on with their lives without having to worry about where their mother is or isn't - after all she wasn't in her right mind considering that she just left them abandoned in a car ---- It's a wonderful book, worth reading and it helps to teach others that where there is determination there is a way and it doesn't hurt to result to old fashion hard labor in order to attempt to get things done. ( )
  Zapkode | Jun 1, 2024 |
{my thoughts} - This is only the second book in the series. But it is heartfelt, it is about trial and error in attempting to gain the love and upstanding of a relative that otherwise would not want you in their lives. It touches your heart when you read about Dicey finally seeing her mother again and having to accept that there is nothing left of her. It is sad when she dies but it's alright to because it allows for the children to move on with their lives without having to worry about where their mother is or isn't - after all she wasn't in her right mind considering that she just left them abandoned in a car ---- It's a wonderful book, worth reading and it helps to teach others that where there is determination there is a way and it doesn't hurt to result to old fashion hard labor in order to attempt to get things done. ( )
  CrimsonSoul | Jun 1, 2024 |
Thoroughly satisfying read the second time through. When I first read it years ago, I was so concrete and literal in my understanding of the title that I kept looking for the passage about the song—one Dicey sings, one sung about or for her...

Shaking my head about that now. Brilliant storytelling with complex characters, many who were introduced in [b:Homecoming|12125|Homecoming (Tillerman Cycle, #1)|Cynthia Voigt|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1390250078s/12125.jpg|213788], moving through vivid and memorable settings.

Of course it is an award book, it earned it! ( )
  rebwaring | Aug 14, 2023 |
Still love this family and their journey through the challenges they face while striving to remain true to each other. It's especially nice to see the book tackle how the world reacts to various differences: in learning ability, body weight, race, finances, etc. ( )
  hissingpotatoes | Dec 28, 2021 |
When we catch up to the Tillerman family they are in Maryland living with the grandmother they never knew they had. Dicey is a teenager starting to come of age with homework and budding albeit reluctant friendships. Her brothers, James and Sammy, are in thriving in school. Only sister Maybeth is a musical prodigy. Her family is becoming self-sufficient. Everything should be great for Dicey. Her family is not on the run. They have a roof over their heads every night. They have food on the table at every meal. They have someone to look after them. But, for Dicey something is wrong. For the longest time she had control over her family. Keeping them together and safe was all she knew how to do. When her siblings start exercising independence Dicey isn't sure how to feel about it. She has to learn to let them go their own way, together but apart. At the same time Dicey deals with the confusion of becoming a young woman without her mother's guidance. My favorite moments were whenever Gram's hardened exterior began to soften as each child reached for her love. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Aug 17, 2021 |
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Ann Philips (Children's Literature)
In the second book of Voigt's "Tillerman family" cycle, Dicey and her younger brothers and sister settle in with their grandmother on a stark homestead by the Chesapeake Bay. Their mother remains unresponsive in a Boston psychiatric hospital. Dicey is confused about where she fits into the family now that Gram has taken over responsibility for the youngsters, but she soon learns that the family still needs her resourcefulness and solid good sense. Dicey and Gram steady one another as each reaches out, breaking Tillerman tradition. Gram is a hard, proud woman who has lived to regret her isolation and the scattering of her children. Gram makes overtures to town folk and her world expands. Dicey tries to remain aloof at school, but neither Jeff the musician nor the forceful Mina relents until Dicey allows them into her circle of caring. In her spare time, Dicey is restoring a derelict sailboat, meticulously sanding down layers of old paint. Metaphorically, her emotional defenses wear away as she slowly opens to hope, friendship, expressive writing, and finally to an acceptance of her mother's death. When Gram and Dicey bring her mother's ashes home, the broken family is nearly healed. Written in fine, spare prose, this outstanding Newbery Medal winner belongs in every school and community library collection. Readers will be eager to pick up the rest of the series. 2003 (orig. 1982), Aladdin/Simon and Schuster, $5.99. Ages 10 to 14.
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