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Homecoming (Tillerman Cycle #1)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  15,239 ratings  ·  873 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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Based on the synopsis given here, either the author added stuff to the end after I read it in high school, or the synopsis describes the trilogy not the first book, or it was so boring to me that I never actually cared enough to read the end.


If I were to summarize this book in one sentence it would be "Some kids walk for a really long time and don't even like what they find at the end" and I would not at all feel that one sentence was too little to convey the overall plot.
There's suppose
Jackie "the Librarian"
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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

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,
Lars Guthrie
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)
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
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!
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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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Meri Yedigaryan
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Saira Gonzalez
From the moment I read the first pages, I couldn't get myself to stop reading. The only thing I really liked was Dicey and her personality. The story tells about Dicey and her three younger siblings who were abandoned by their mother in a mall parking lot. With both parents gone from their lives, Dicey decides to start a journey on foot to live off with their Great aunt Cilla whom they never met. Its the only way to stay together as a family otherwise they would end up in foster homes, separated ...more
Dec 02, 2008 Rhonda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults
Recommended to Rhonda by: Alice
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
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
This book is one of those I read every few years and I'm never disappointed. It is a story of abandonment and resilience, and of healing. Dicey, age 13, leads her younger brothers and sister from Connecticut to the Maryland Eastern Shore when their mentally ill mother abandons them in a mall parking lot. The description of their walk along route 1 makes me weary and discouraged, and every time I read the book I want to go find them, bring them home and take care of them. This time I noted the de ...more
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
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
I am counting this book as 2 books...

Dicey Tillerman is a strong and independent young adult, but when her mother looses her job and is forced to abandon her children, dicey must learn to take the place of her mother and make the long journey to Aunt Cilla's house with her three younger sibillings, on foot. Only when they finally arive they are suprised to find that their aunt has died, but lucky for them their cousin Eunice is kind enough to take them in. Soon Dicey realizes they can not stay a
Bryan Vest
My daughter brought this book home from school in the 8th grade. I was looking for something to read one day, my daughter got this book off of her shelf and told me to try it. Though I was 34 years old at the time I finished the first page and could not put it down. Homecoming is a very well written book that grabbed me from the first page until the last. All the way through every page of the book I wondered, what is Dicey going to do next to keep this family together. As I neared the end of the ...more
Great story of determination, family and survival. I can see why it is a Newbery Medal Winner. I can also see why it is YA though. It's so happy. I mean not all the things that happen to the family are happy but nothing really bad happens. I feel like there should be some life lessons about 4 children out on the road of life on their own and that very horrible things that can happen. This family gets through it all without things getting too ugly.'s horrible and hard and heartbreaking ...more
The mother of Dicey, Maybeth, Sammy ,and James left them in a car in a mall parking lot all alone with no parent to watch the.They were on there way to bridgeport but there mom said that she needed to pick something out at the mall and when she left she never came back or did she...

I thought that is was a good book, but sad at the same time. I feel sorry for the kids in this book they gothrough such a hard time.

I recommend this book to everyone it is a good sad book and, it will give u a idea of
Homecoming was an easy read. Voigt's style of writing is clear and generally pretty simple to understand. There is a dusting of above-average-difficulty words throughout the story; however, they provide a challenge to the young adult readers this novel is geared towards.

My personal analysis: Homecoming was good, but not great. It quickly grew repetitive. How far from their destination are the Tillermans now? How much money do they have left this time? Will they be able to eat tomorrow? What alt
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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)
Dicey's Song (Tillerman Cycle, #2) A Solitary Blue (Tillerman Cycle, #3) Jackaroo (Kingdom, #1) Izzy, Willy-Nilly On Fortune's Wheel (Kingdom, #2)

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