Dicey's Song (Tillerman Cycle #2)
Dicey's song is the sequel to Homecoming (another great read), but I had r...more
Also cool--other books in the Tillerman Cycle, namely Come a Stranger and A Solitary Blue, tell the story from the points of view of two of Dicey's friends. There are...more
in a way, i'm sorry i did, as it took me down some roads i did NOT need to go down. then again, tho ...
i'm REALLY glad i DID read this. first of all, ya know that saying, "out of the mouth of babes"? well ...
this book falls into that category, sort of. guess you have to change the old adage, tho, to "out of the mouth FOR babes", since the book was originally intended for teens. BU...more
A thirteen-year-old Dicey Tillerman and her three siblings learn how to adjust to a new life on their grandmother's old farm in Maryland. The children seek to find their grandmother after being abandoned in a parking lot by their alcoholic mother. Dicey took on a huge responsibility by acting as a parent for her younger siblings. The children are in a safe environment and Dicey is having difficulty letting go of that role of being a mother. Dicey and her sibli...more
This novel called Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt is a novel about a thirteen year old girl that lives with her two siblings and her grandmother. She doesn't have a father and unfortunately her mother is placed in a mental hospital. Dicey's life changed a lot because of her mother's illness. She became more responsible for herself and her family. She was also very hardworking and whenever she wanted to accomplish something she always put her mind to it and she's the type of person who would never...more
Without Homecoming, I can see that this book would lose some of its weight. But as a sequel, I found it fantastic and just as compelling. (Perhaps reading the two back to back helped that feeling.) Dicey is a great character, and there are still so many unanswered questions and avenues yet to be explored in her life. I can't wait to read more of the series.
I often find that I'm most excited about a book just after I finish it, and then my excitement cools. We'll see if that happens here. Usuall...more
Anyway, Cynthia Voigt is a wonderful writer who helps the reader feel enjoyment, rather than aggrivation, at her description of feelings and how the situation and scenery contrib...more
5/20/13 211 pages - smaller print than others - As I read Dicey's Song, I wondered about what had happened in the past and watched for it to be revealed later in the book. This was more or less the case, but after finishing the book, I discovered that it was the second in a series. No wonder, I felt like I was joining the book mid-stream.
Regardless of that, the book was a thoughtful and entertaining read. It is the story of a young teenager who ke...more
No other author seems as capable of delving so deep into the hearts of both her characters and of the reader as Cynthia Voigt. The progression of feeling in this book is both dramatic and miraculous. I found time...more
3) if you could change the setting in this story to another setting,
what setting would you choose? would you change just the time period? or would you change the ploace, the season , the actual environment-one of poverty, riches, or middle class america? why would you make those changes?
in this story Dicey is a tough, capable, and fiercely independent girl who is deeply loyal to and protective of her family members. if i could change something, i would cha...more
The author: Cynthia Voigt
The topic: the whole summary
This book is talking about a girl who named Dicey. She lives in her grandmother’s house with her three younger siblings, James, Maybeth and Sammy. After Dicey’s mother got mentally ill, they had move with their grandmother. Dicey got a job for cleaning the local grocery store and refurbishes an old sailboat in the barn. Gram who is a kind woman always takes care of these children. One day she wrote the children’s names...more
Set in the 1980's, the second book of the Tillerman Cycle, Dicey's Song, picks up from the end of the Homecoming, the first book. The Tillerman children have been welcomed into their grandmother's house. Throughout the book, Dicey gets a job at a store and goes to school. She befriends a girl named Mina from her class. She also listens to a boy named Jeff play guitar every afternoon right after school. Their mother, who is in a hospital...more
In Dicey's Song, it's about their transition to life without their mom and with their grandmother. School's started and it's causing huge changes for all...more
New York: Fawcett Juniper, 1982
Newbery Medal, 1983
Chapter book, no illustrations
Genres: Family drama, coming of age, mental illness, learning disabilities
A sequel to 1981’s Homecoming, Dicey’s Song recounts the Tillerman children’s adaptation to living with their previously estranged grandmother. Dicey, James, Sammy and Maybeth attend a new school, adjust to life with their stoic and sometimes withdrawn grandmother, attempt to make friends and generally fit int...more
1. Write a summary---where, what, why, who, when
Dicey's Song is the second book from the Tillerman Series. That means that it is not the very start of the whole story. This book starts when Dicey and her three siblings arrive at Gram's house. Gram is their mother's mother, their maternal grandmother. Dicey, Maybeth, James, and Sammy are all distinct and unique children. They don't have a father but used to have a mother. Their mother is now in a mental hospital becau...more
Again, I connected with the grandmother most, though I enjoyed the overall idea of children being capable and competent. Given the opportunity, kids come up with pretty amazing solutions. They shouldn't have to worry about whether they will eat or where they will sleep, but they should be allowed and encouraged to participa...more
Angus and Sadie: the Sequoyah Book Award (given by readers in Oklahoma), 2008
The Katahdin Award, for lifetime achievement, 2003
The Anne V. Zarrow Award, for lifetime achievement, 2003
The Margaret Edwards Award, for a body of work, 1995