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Dicey's Song (Tillerman Cycle #2)

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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.
Paperback, 359 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1982)
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Cara
Jan 07, 2009 Cara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cara by: Valerie
When I was at the library looking at the spine of this book I noticed how well worn and tattered it was,(a sure sign the book has been checked out many times). I began to scratch the back of my head wondering "Do I really want to read this again and run the risk of ruining my image of the book? " I took the plunge anyways and once I started to read again my doubts faded away. This book ALWAYS makes my heart go all fuzzy.

Dicey's song is the sequel to Homecoming (another great read), but I had r
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Beth
Jan 30, 2016 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
My friend assures me that Dicey's Song was on several school suggested reading lists and that she read it in ninth grade. Otherwise (well, that and the shiny Newbery medal on the cover), this would have pushed a book off this year's YA/MG book bracket. It's that good.

This is old-school Newbery. This is brilliant. It's warm and empathetic and difficult and real. It's so good that I don't have the words to properly convey my awe. There's this moment, when Dicey's paper is being read aloud and she
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Kim
Jul 05, 2007 Kim rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Independent minded kids
Shelves: yabooks, strongwomen
This is quite possible my favorite book. I read it first as a kid, and didn't realize quite how much I idolized the title character, Dicey. She was strong, independent, and different from those around her without caring much. Reading the book as an adult, I realize that Dicey was the character I most had wanted to be like as a kid.

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
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Meagan
Mar 20, 2008 Meagan rated it it was amazing
Though I eventually devoured every book in this series, this was the first one I read. I loved these books as a kid - I loved that they didn't feel like books for kids at all. They seemed like "real" books - as opposed to, say, Baby Sitters Club. I love what an odd, believable character Dicey is, that she's a tomboy with a mothering instinct who wants to build boats. These books broke my heart again and again (and I did re-read them all several times.) I love the way the entire series is written ...more
John Porter
Aug 22, 2008 John Porter rated it really liked it
A good book that, I suspect, will be a considered slow moving by at least some of its intended audience. Really, it's a book that adults (re: parents) want their children to like as opposed ton e they actually will like. Some will get it. Hopefully, others will come back and recognize that the pace is intentional, the plot only suffers from comparison to the (sadly more common) hyperunrealistic stories for teenagers in books and on TV, and that being big and loud aren't always prerequisites--or ...more
joyce lynn
Jul 16, 2007 joyce lynn rated it it was amazing
now that "Homecoming" got me "stuck" on/in a series, and invested in a couple of characters, i HAD to read this one!

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
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Elsa K
Jan 12, 2017 Elsa K rated it really liked it
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Wendy
Jul 01, 2008 Wendy rated it really liked it
Shelves: newbery
Great book, maybe a little too long. The story could have been really pathetic and sorry-for-itself, but it wasn't like that at all. I do want to read the others in the series now--I didn't realize there were so many; I'd only heard of the first three. But WHAT a dreadful cover--looks like it belongs to exactly the kind of book this isn't (the pathetic-and-sorry one).
Lars Guthrie
Sep 11, 2010 Lars Guthrie rated it it was amazing
Like the first in the Tillerman cycle, 'Homecoming,' I revisited 'Dicey's Song' on compact disc. Like 'Homecoming,' that auditory revisiting was perhaps even more gratifying than the completely satisfying initial read. Barbara Caruso is especially impressive as narrator here because the character of Gram is so much more central to the story. Caruso absolutely nails Gram's voice.

You might not have to have read 'Homecoming' to appreciate 'Dicey's Song' but it certainly would help. The first book e
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Jessica
An easier read than the first one, in that I wasn't in constant terror of the kids dying or being put into foster care. I didn't for a moment think that Gram would dump them somewhere, which seemed to be Dicey's main concern. No, I was concerned that Dicey would screw up in every other aspect of her life, making this a pretty uncomfortable read. You hear about characters being prickly, but then there's Dicey . . . who cannot take a compliment, cannot even exchange a greeting with someone, but ha ...more
Kathi
Mar 05, 2015 Kathi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: newbery

I loved this book for its characters and its life lessons.

Thirteen-year-old Dicey Tillerman, her younger brothers James and Sammy, and their younger sister Maybeth have begun to live with Gram after their mother deserted them. Dicey, in an earlier book, bravely led her siblings through several states to appear at their surprised grandmother’s home.

In Dicey’s Song, the Tillermans become a family. Gram must change many of her quirky, insular ways and must open her heart (and some of her past) to
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Brandi
Jan 25, 2013 Brandi rated it really liked it

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
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Megan
Oct 20, 2009 Megan rated it it was amazing

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

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Ryan
Mar 18, 2008 Ryan rated it really liked it
This is the second in what has become called the Tillerman Series. I would recommend NOT reading these books as a series but as a the same setting from different perspectives.

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
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Erica Cowhick
Dec 03, 2008 Erica Cowhick rated it liked it
This is a John Newberry Medel book.
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
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Julia
Jun 10, 2016 Julia rated it really liked it
The Story
Dicey's Song deals with an over-responsible eldest daughter and how she relates with her family after they move in with their granny. Their mother was in an institution, so they dealt with feelings of abandonment, and the guilt of not being able to help her.

It has a very mature feeling, which I think that children in that situation feel. A feeling of having too much responsibility thrown on them, and having to grow up too fast. I don't think this book would necessarily appeal to all chi
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Sabiel
Jul 19, 2007 Sabiel rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people stuck on an island without any other reading material, like a train schedule, for instance
Shelves: read-fiction
I really tried to like this book. I forced myself to trudge through each banal page. I cut and ran after 50 of them. I know this book won a Newberry, but I guess it was the 80s and there wasn't a whole lot of quality children's literature to nominate.
skein
May 04, 2011 skein rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
Dicey reminds me much of AB, who has similar notions of family and land and whatnot, I don't know, and must have been a similarly, singularly determined 13-year-old. And the Eastern Shore. What the wire around the tree meant.

Almost a ghost story, but not quite, not quite.
Claire Scott
I didn't like this one all that much when I was a teen, but it was strong enough on this re-read to leave me waiting to read the others. The relationships and the characters' voices were completely convincing.
Colin
Oct 01, 2009 Colin rated it really liked it
Oh, I just love these. I think I also read the next one, A Solitary Blue, as a kid too, though I don't remember it anymore. Regardless, I'm gonna have to read all of these now. Such good character development and a truly engaging story of a family. Yay.
Julie
Mar 24, 2016 Julie rated it it was amazing
Nothing about these books is easy. There are gut-punches galore. And too many "she snapped." Consider having people "say" things! But it is stellar writing, and extraordinarily moving.
Jamie
Jun 28, 2011 Jamie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
June 28, 2011 ****
July 30, 2016 ****
jenna
May 22, 2007 jenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who read good books
damn, dicey is awesome.
Kristie Stauffer
Jan 14, 2017 Kristie Stauffer rated it liked it
At first, I didn’t really like the book at all, too much tragedy. It’s about 4 young siblings whose father deserts the family before the book starts. Then, at the beginning of the previous book, the young, loving mother has a complete mental break down and they are left on their own. There are parts of the book that I felt needed a good editor and a few parts that I thought were unrealistic. The children at times seemed to have skills beyond what was reasonable for their age. Other parts unneces ...more
Molly
Oct 20, 2016 Molly rated it really liked it
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Loay
Oct 19, 2008 Loay rated it liked it
The book : Dicey’s Song
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
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Francisca Darney
Mar 16, 2017 Francisca Darney rated it liked it
This is the kinds of book that you can start reading and put down for a couple of days and not miss it. I kept on waiting for the story to pick up and engage the reader, but it never happened. I don't see any of my middle school students being eager to read this book.
Jill
Mar 06, 2011 Jill rated it it was ok
Shelves: newbery-medal
Dicey's Song won the Newbery Award, so that's the one I read, but I must have missed something by not reading Homecoming first. It's a little crazy to award a Newbery for a sequel and not the first book. Like the Chronicles of Prydain books. I had NO idea what was going on there. At least in this book I could follow what was going on, but while I was reading it I couldn't help this nagging feeling that if I had read Homecoming I would have a better understanding of the characters. Having said th ...more
Aimee
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Kaitlyn Velazquez
Apr 28, 2013 Kaitlyn Velazquez rated it it was amazing
Dicey is a regular 13 year old girl that has been through so much.Her father is dead,her mother is in a mental asylum in Boston, and she tracked all the way from her house to Maryland to live with her grandmother.
She has 2 brothers and 1 sister.James is the second oldest.He is very smart but not very social.He tries to act dummer to be more popular.
Sammy is the next boy.He is a sweet little boy.He at first tries to be a good boy at school and becomes a trouble maker and starts getting in troub
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Cynthia Voigt is an American author of books for young adults dealing with various topics such as adventure, mystery, racism and child abuse.


Awards:
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
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Other Books in the Series

Tillerman Cycle (7 books)
  • Homecoming (Tillerman Cycle, #1)
  • A Solitary Blue (Tillerman Cycle, #3)
  • The Runner (Tillerman Cycle, #4)
  • Come a Stranger (Tillerman Cycle, #5)
  • Sons from Afar (Tillerman Cycle, #6)
  • Seventeen Against the Dealer (Tillerman Cycle, #7)

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“I got to thinking—when it was too late—you have to reach out to people. To your family, too. You can't just let them sit there, you should put your hand out. If they slap it back, well you reach out again if you care enough. If you don't care enough, you forget about them, if you can.” 16 likes
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