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Voigt, Cynthia
New York : Atheneum, 1981.
IL 5-8 RL 6.3
ISBN 0689308337
(4 booktalks)
Booktalk #1

From Provincetown to Bridgeport through state parks and New Haven, to Aunt Elia's a disappointment -- Dicey gets a job cleaning windows and saves enough to check out grandmother Tillerman's house in Chesapeake Bay. All the kids want to go so off on a bus they go. They try picking, they meet up with the circus, they arrive at Abigail Tillerman's and Dicey learns she likes the fight in her grandmother. The setting on the Chesapeake is an old farm with lots of chores they complete to postpone leaving. Maybeth passed her IQ test to get into 3rd, James want to plant Christmas trees and Dicey wants to sail. But they're home.

Booktalk #2

Cynthia Voigt's Homecoming is about the four Tillermen children. Their mother leaves them by a shopping mall. The children find their way to their aunt's house. The aunt is going to put them in foster homes. Dicey, who is the oldest, leads the kids on the journey to their mother's mother's house. Their mother has a serious illness. It is hard for the kids to cope with their mother's illness and absence along with their grandmother's rough and tough manner. ( Sandra Watkins <>)

Booktalk #3

First their Dad leaves them then while traveling to their Aunt's house in Bridgeport.  Then their Mom leaves them too! They only have eleven dollars to use for food but they canít spend it all in one place because if they do then the will be starving. Join Dicey, James, Maybeth, and Sammy in Homecoming while they try to find places to stay, try not to let people notice they are by themselves and try to keep their money so they wonít be starving!  (Megan S., 8th grade student, Rundlett Middle School)

Booktalk #4

What would you do if your mother abandoned you in a parking lot with three younger siblings? Well thatís exactly what happened to Dicey Tillerman. Dicey is only 13 years old and has to take care of her three younger siblings. Thereís James who is ten, Maybeth who is nine and Sammy who is six.   Now the four Tillerman children are on a journey to find a new home with a great aunt Ciliaís house but when they get there aunt is dead and her daughter is a drag so off the go again. Off to find someone else and when they get there ,there are shocking things about theirs familyís past. With only seven dollars and who knows how many miles to go will the Tillermanís make it? To find out read HOMECOMING.  ďItís still trueĒ that this book is one of my favorites. This book is a challenge and I suggest this book for kids and adults that are willing to find out what itís like to be on the road and searching for someone that wants you.  (Kaitlin W., K-12 student)

SUBJECTS:     Survival -- Fiction
                        Family life -- Fiction


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