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Homecoming (Tillerman Cycle #1)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  17,102 Ratings  ·  1,012 Reviews
"A glowing book...An enthralling journey to a gratifying end."
The Tillerman kids' mother just left them one day in a car in a mall parking lot. Their father, too, had left them a long time ago. So, as usual, it was up to thirteen-year-old Dicey, the eldest of four, to take care of everything, make all the decisions, feed them, find places to s
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 1st 1981 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 1981)
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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.
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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
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
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
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
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)
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Emily Ann
Again another book club book. This time was I thrilled? Yes! I'm somewhat excited to tell you about this book!

*from this point on it is somewhat spoilers if you wish to join me join me, but again spoilers ahead*

What is this book about Emily? Glad you asked!
This book is about four children (Dicey, James, Maybeth and Sammy.) Don't get me wrong when I heard one of the character's name was Dicey I was worried. Anywho, their mother abandons them in a car (ummmmmm) and they are left to fend for the
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.
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!
Mar 22, 2016 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
As I read this I had the feeling I'd read it before, which is entirely possible seeing that it was first published inn 1981. However, I'll review this as if I'd just read it for the first time.

One thing that really struck me was how different the times were in this book. For example, the fact that 4 children could be wandering around, eating in restaurants, and doing odd jobs without anyone sounding alarm bells and calling the authorities seemed so out of place in our present day world.

I think
May 18, 2016 Jaison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A wonderful story, clear enough for a pre-teen to understand, and serious enough for an adult to appreciate. The 4 Tillerman children 13 led by 13-year-old Dicey 13 are incredibly strong-willed. They battle each other with near as much energy as they stand against the world.

When their mother abandons them, they 19re left with no home, and almost no money. Dicey knows that they need an adult to guarantee they can stay together as a family. And so she leads them on a hike across Connecticut; then
4.5/5 Stars

I remember as a child being passed this book by an old friend who recommended it to me when I first started to get into reading. As a child I read it that many times it was enjoyable to learn and travel inside my mind with four other young children.

Years later I had but forgotten it, until I managed to stumble upon it and immediately I brought the book. Reading this again as an adult only brought me back to childhood, yet at the time, I read and discovered dangers that an adult would
Peyton Mowry
Nov 02, 2015 Peyton Mowry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I read was called Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt. I liked this book because it was very interesting. I liked how the main characters, Dicey, James, Maybeth and Sammy, are younger, but yet they still find a way to survive on their own with very little money. There were multiple settings in the book. Some I remember are, their house, the mall, the outdoors during their trip to Bridgeport, their cousin’s house, and their grandmother’s house. The main four characters are Dicey, James, Maybeth ...more
Dec 05, 2010 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-books
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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
Feb 16, 2012 Ani rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I finished the book ‘’Homecoming’’ recently. I wouldn’t say this is my favorite book, and to be honest, I would not recommend it. However, the book had many positive sides that I enjoyed.
First, the negatives. I think that Cynthia Voigt had too much description. The description sometimes just put me to sleep! I feel that she could make the book 200 pages shorter, and made it interesting. Secondly, I honestly did not like her writing. It just isn’t my style of writing that I enjoy to read.
Some de
Lauren Byun
Feb 16, 2012 Lauren Byun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pre-teens and teens
Homecoming, by Cynthia Voigt, has changed my perspective on the way books are supposed to be like. I am usually looking for an adventurous, mystery book. However, after reading Homecoming, I noticed that adventure and mystery are not the only genres that make a satisfying story for me. Homecoming is an exceptional book that I would recommend to a friend.
Homecoming is about a group of four children that have been abandoned by their mother. With only a little bit of money they must find there w
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
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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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