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Dicey's Song (Tillerman Cycle #2)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  12,852 ratings  ·  493 reviews
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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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
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
Jul 08, 2007 Kim rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
John Porter
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
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
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
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).
Erica Cowhick
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

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
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
Lars Guthrie
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

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

Moya White
In Dicey's Song, Dicey Tillerman and her 3 other siblings, Sammy, James, and Maybeth, reach their grandmother's house after traveling for so long. Their mother became sick and left them on their own. They had to fend for themselves and had no parental guidance. Their grandmother took them in and cared for them. At first, Dicey was unsure of how their grandmother felt about them staying there but soon realized that their grandma cared for them and liked having them there. They were enrolled in s ...more
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Jillian Finelli
I thought this was a really great book, it had a great straight forward plot that I could easily jump into. This is such a good sequel for Homecoming, it did not let me down and completely satisfied me. The Tillermans finally start going back to school and Dicey has her new job. Gram becomes more open with Dicey and their relationship definitely becomes more trusting. There are some really funny parts in this book, that's one of the things that makes it different from Homecoming.

I highly recomme
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.
I really liked the novel, Dicey’s Song, by Cynthia Voigt, because I have never read a book about letting go of things from the past, yet reaching out to others you care about, and keeping them close. The main setting of the book was to let go of the past, and embrace the future. The main characters are, Dicey, James, Sammy, Maybeth, and Gram. The main conflicts of the book was that Dicey had to accept that things were different now that they were living with Gram, and to learn how Gram does thi ...more
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.
Aug 02, 2007 Sabiel rated it 2 of 5 stars
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.
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.
31 1983: Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt (Atheneum)

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
Continues the tale of the Tillerman family as they settle down with their Gram after being abandoned by their Momma. There’s Dicey, independent and uncaring of what others may think of her; James, self-conscious about how his academic aptitude keeps him from fitting in with the other kids; Maybeth, musically gifted and sweet, but struggling mightily with academics; and Sammy, a little rebel desperately trying to be good.

This is definitely a character-driven book—the plot is not necessarily fast-
Maybe it is the special education teacher in me, but I loved the characters in this story: Dicey with her maternal instincts, her wariness of people, and her misinterpretation of social cues; James with his genius intellect and difficulties making friends; Maybeth with her gift for music and her reading struggles; and Sammy with his charisma and behavior problems. Unfortunately, though, the story itself did not consist of much else. The plot was extremely slow and wandering. The dialogue was bum ...more
May 22, 2007 jenna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who read good books
damn, dicey is awesome.
I think that the book is more enjoyable at the back where everything settles down, more things happen. Maybe because I read the third book, which is about the story of a boy that she met at the back of the story, when they first, both books have the exact same words they say, but it has different description of what they are thinking and what they are doing. Which makes me feel interested, when knowing both what they are thinking and guessing what each other are thinking too. I think that the st ...more
I really liked this book. Although it doesn't have the excitement and adventure of other stories, it is still a good story. It is a very human story with characters that are relate-able and human. I think Dicey is a great character and her siblings have all been forced to grow up before thier time, because their mother had a "mental illness." It wasn't disclosed exactly what she had, but felt that some of her actions were really selfish, like not sending her children to her aunt's or her mother' ...more
Gabi (is feeling mischievous)
I have sort of a tumultuous history with this book.

- It's the middle of a series, and it's the only one I've read.

- We had a teacher-friend who gave us his classroom library when he retired, which is how I first came to this book.

- I had just begun reading it over a Thanksgiving break somewhere in Jr. High. We had a 4-H fundraiser at a local store wrapping gifts, and I brought it along. (I always carry a book everywhere. Don't you?) Our 4-H leader was demonstrating how best to wrap, and she use
I love this book. I read this about a dozen times as a child and I still love it. It is one of those books that just sunk into my soul and became a part of me. I hadn't read this in decades but I could still remember the characters so well and picture the settings and the stories just the way I did as a child because they had never left my memory. I love how effortlessly this story unfolds. So many authors put too much in to a story to keep the pages turning but I love when a story just feels re ...more
It seemed impossible to me that Cynthia Voigt could have improved upon her first entry in the Tillerman cycle, but the Newbery Medal gracing the cover of Dicey's Song suggested that perhaps she had managed to do just that, and upon my reading of this second book I would have to concur.
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
The Tillermans have finally settled down. They found their grandmother, who took them in and cares about them a lot, even though she can be prickly and mean at times. She takes care of them to the best of her ability. Dicey no longer has the responsibility of watching after her siblings, and so she spends her time cleaning up the old sailboat she found in the barn. Then school begins and everything goes pretty smoothly. Dicey slowly grows into the routine of going to school, working after-school ...more
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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.

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)
Homecoming (Tillerman Cycle, #1) A Solitary Blue (Tillerman Cycle, #3) Jackaroo (Kingdom, #1) Izzy, Willy-Nilly On Fortune's Wheel (Kingdom, #2)

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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.” 11 likes
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