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Homecoming (Tillerman Cycle #1)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  17,267 Ratings  ·  1,023 Reviews
It's still true...

That's the first thing James Tillerman says to his sister Dicey every morning. It's still true that their mother has abandoned the four Tillerman children somewhere in the middle of Connecticut. It's still true they have to find their way, somehow, to Great-aunt Cilla's house in Bridgeport, which may be their only hope of staying together as a family.

Paperback, 402 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1981)
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Lisa Vegan
May 13, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who likes a good kids' book, especially girls & women
This is an exciting and heartfelt story about a strong girl and her younger siblings who are “on their own” when they’re apparently abandoned by their mother. I’ve always loved tales of kids left on their own (see A Long Way To Go, etc.) and this is a particularly good book with a compelling main character.
Jackie "the Librarian"
Oct 29, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 11-15
This book grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Unstable single mom drives to the mall and has the kids stay in the car. The mall closes, and she is nowhere to be found. The kids know that if they go to the police, they will be split up into separate foster care. So, using every resource they possess, they head to the one relative they think might take them in, no matter that she is several states away.
What a desperate, gripping situation. Spare, elegant writing makes it incredibly powerful. This won
Dec 03, 2013 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pre-teens to adults.
Shelves: fiction
Ah....Homecoming. This is one of the few books I read in junior high that I still love reading from time to time.

The book is the story of Dicey, a young teen, and her three siblings. Their mother, who is suffering from poverty and mental illness, abandons them in her old beat up car in the mall parking lot. After waiting for her to come back and realizing that she isn't going to, Dicey takes charge. With the little money they have, they decide to take a journey to find some relatives up north.
I'd read Dicey's Song when I was a kid, and I never realized it actually was a sequel to Homecoming.

Dicey, James, Maybeth, and Sam Tillerman are abruptly left on their own when their mother abandons them and the car in a mall parking lot. When it becomes clear that their mother isn't coming back, thirteen-year-old Dicey conceives a daring and dangerous plan: since they know that they were on their way to live with their Aunt Cilla in Bridgeport, they will continue the journey on foot. It's a thr
Dec 02, 2008 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults
Recommended to Rhonda by: Alice
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
In this adolescent novel, thirteen year old Dicey, her brothers James and Sammy, and sister Maybeth are abandoned in a mall parking lot by their mother. Don't get me wrong about their mother, though, she had a miserable life, and suffered from depression, she thought her children would be best without her. Dicey realizes she must set out to find the closest family she has, her rich Great-Aunt Cilia in Bridgeport. Getting to Aunt Cilia's is not easy, though, they barely had any money in their hom ...more
Apr 18, 2009 Josiah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There have been quite a few stories that contained bits and pieces of the kind of material to be found in "Homecoming", but quite honestly I would have to contend that not one of them can compare to this book.
Cynthia Voigt has masterfully crafted a story that is SO totally complete and resonates in every way possible that I truly think that not even the world's greatest author could have improved upon this book. The author touches on so many themes in such surprising depth that a shorter book
Jul 27, 2010 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just re-read this series of books, which I read for the first time when I was about eleven. I loved them then and I was pleased to discover that they are just as good to read as an adult. They are well written and thoughtful, and all the characters, even the minor ones, feel very rich and complex. I hope that I will be able to read them to my own children someday!
Lars Guthrie
Sep 10, 2010 Lars Guthrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not enough superlatives for this one.

I avidly read the Tillerman cycle (seven books) several years ago, and since then, have constantly recommended them to others. My sister finally took me up on that, and two volumes in, agrees that Voigt and her characters and stories are worth the praise. However, she listened to 'Homecoming' and 'Dicey's Song,' and raved about Barbara Caruso's narration.

So now, thanks to my sister, I have had the treat of revisiting a good friend, as well as seeing (hearing)
Dec 05, 2010 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-books
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Feb 09, 2012 Mariam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 15, 2012 Keven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Homecoming" by Cynthia Voigt to me was a fantastic book, but it was also really depressing. To me this book has had many sad scenes and moments that really made me want to stop reading for a while or skip that part.

Before I even started reading this book, when I only took a glimpse at the cover, I thought this book was about four happy children with a great life and a happy family, but it turns out, I was completely wrong.

In the beginning of the book, when the kids were i the parking lot, I th
Jeneva Gonzales
Dec 04, 2013 Jeneva Gonzales rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Homecoming” by Cynthia Voigt is an adventurous, realistic, and moving story. This is one of my favorite book because it teaches the reader many lessons, on how to, be grateful for what you have. It starts off with four kids named Dicey, James, Maybeth, and Sammy Tillerman who are in search for a home after their mother abandoned them. Dicey is a courageous, smart 13 year old girl. James is a smart, intelligent 10 year old boy. Maybeth is a pretty and shy 9 year old girl, who is smarter than she ...more
Feb 16, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far, in the book Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt, Dicey , James, Maybeth, and Sammy are left alone in the car by their momma.They think she is just lost, so they wait for her.After a while she's still not back and they start to worry.Dicey, the oldest cild, decides to stay until the next day just in case their momma comes back.When the children all wake up they see that their momma is gone for good and they start to feel down. Dicey then decides that they must go to Bridgeport together to find Mo ...more
Meri Yedigaryan
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Feb 16, 2012 Anita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

The book Homecoming has its ups and down with my attention and curiosity but overall my opinion of the book is a mix of “I liked it” and “It’s boring”. Also my opinion of how Cynthia Voigt uses details and description in the book is a mix also, because sometimes it is needed, but sometimes its just there to string out the book. But generally I really liked the book.

At the beginning of the book, the book was exciting because when do you hear about four children getting abandoned by their mother,
Kezia Arevalo
For me,this book was OK. It wasn't all that great but it was pretty good too! I mean whenever Cynthia Voigt described things,it would always be too long and if she was describing food,it make you hungry! Although,I did like the fact that this book was so touching! No matter how boring it was!
When I first started reading this book,it started out OK. I was pretty curious when my teacher said we were going to read this book because she said it was about four kids being abondoned by their mother. B
Karla Solorzano
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt is a book about four children (Dicey, Sammy, Maybeth, and James) looking for the right home after their mother abandons them in a parking lot.

For me this was an ok book, it isn’t one of my favorites but I did like some parts of it. This book had its good and bad, for example I liked how the author described scenes, the figurative language, and the characters she made. I enjoyed reading the part with Mr. Rudyard because his actions and words surely grabbed my attenti
Jan 21, 2014 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The four Tillerman children – the youngest six, the oldest (Dicey, the protagonist) thirteen – are left in a mall parking lot by their mentally ill mother. In charge and uncertain, Dicey leads her family across Connecticut to where a great-aunt lives. But after walking, hitching and working their way there, the four children find that the great-aunt is dead, and they still haven’t found a home.

This is a powerful (and long, at 400 pages) young adult book, the first in a five-book series called th
What drew me to the book was the cover - the reprinted edition with 4 kids against a blue sky background is somewhat a throwback to the years gone by. What is more, even when it has been such a slow read, I enjoyed and savored every bit of it.

I fell in love with Dicey's character; here's a twelve-year-old who's old enough to take care of 3 little children when the adults who were her blood relatives could not.

Dicey Tillerman and her three siblings, James, Maybeth and Sammy, were abandoned in a
Mar 05, 2013 LouD rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of my favorites so far this semester. It was very hard for me to read, my greatest pet peeve is lousy parents! It kept reminding me of my job as a counselor for the state and all of the horrible parents that would come in screaming about wanting their "kids" back. The book is about Dicey 13, James 10, Sammy 6, and Maybeth 9; a group of four children abandoned by their mentally ill mother in a mall parking lot. The story follows their long journey to try and find relatives with ...more
So, I knew people who were obsessed with these books when I was younger. Homecoming and Dicey's Song were held up there with Judy Blume's books as being THE books for young girls . . . and somehow I never read them. I dunno . . . the old covers just weren't that appealing. And the weird thing is, I've read and loved almost every other book by Cynthia Voigt. Jackaroo? I can't count the number of times I've read that one. And The Callander Papers? Still a favorite! But the Tillerman books just see ...more
Cynthia Voigt

- Main Characters

Dicey: Dicey is a leader, and she is forced to grow up too fast. She is just thirteen, but when her mother leaves her and her syblings alone in the car, she has to be their parent. She must work to pay for their journey, and lead them to a place where they can be safe.

James: James is an intelligent boy, who helps Dicey whenever she needs. Dicey feels like she can trust James even though he is only ten because he is mature. He adapts well to public situati
May 22, 2015 Deanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in my early teen's and recently bought it for my daughter.

I loved this book when I was young! The book is about Dicey and her three younger siblings who were abandoned by their mother in a mall parking lot. Worried about being split up and sent to foster care they decide their only option is to go on foot to find their Great Aunt Cilla whom they've never met.

I found it well written with an easy to read gripping storyline. I could visualize all that was happening to these childr
I first read this book years ago and I enjoyed this just as much now as I did then. There are some slow parts in this and it does take a long time before the children meet their Grandmother, but it's fun to see everything that these children have to endure and what they have to do to survive. My favorite parts of the book are when the children make it to the Grandmothers house and everything they do to keep prolonging their stay there. The children had a rough time after their mother abandons th ...more
Elisa The-Bookie-Monster
I originally read this in 7th grade and I remember liking it a lot and there was a copy in the books I bought off of a friend who was making so I decided to re-read it because I have the second books as well.

It's better than I remember, I loved this story so much! The bond between the kids is great, I love that they are so different and even though there is friction here and there, they all get along and it doesn't come across as fake or too lovey-dovey.
Jan 30, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is a hard read. Here's a book that expounds on a topic most books resolve in the first two chapters, and it's painful and heartbreakingly realistic. Here's a protagonist that's always in motion, always steeled for disappointment and hardship. Here's every difficult mile and every frustrating delay of a long journey - with no safe haven at the end. (Though that depends on your definition of safety, I suppose. It wasn't enough by Dicey's standards.) And then there's yet another journey, and y ...more
Feb 18, 2016 Mina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So thoughtfully written....painfully thoughtful. The world is highly realistic. So packed with thingS happening that it drains you and starts to drag on.
Mar 07, 2016 Lacey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are some characters in novels that stick with you all of your life.

Do you know what I mean?

We all remember Ramona Quimby - right?

People fall in love with Harry Potter and Frodo and Lucy Pevensie. Maybe you can't forget Oliver Twist or that one big guy in Of Mice and Men.

I remember a girl named Dicey as if we were next door neighbors or first cousins.

She and her siblings are the main characters in a book series by Cynthia Voight. The first novel is Homecoming and the storyline shocked me as
Apr 06, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In fifth grade I fell in love with this book. I read the tale cover-to-cover with the single-minded obsession that’s unleashed in me whenever I find a compelling story. The next week, at the school library, I turned my book in and checked out the sequel.

I liked my book so much I bought a paperback copy at the school book-fair. Not wanting my book to be lonely I bought the sequel too. In seventh grade, on the way home from school I left my book on the bus. The next day a girl I knew handed it bac
May 18, 2016 Jaison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jackaroo: Ratte
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Other Books in the Series

Tillerman Cycle (7 books)
  • Dicey's Song (Tillerman Cycle, #2)
  • 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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