Sons from Afar (Tillerman Cycle, #6)
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Sons from Afar (Tillerman Cycle #6)

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James and Sammy Tillerman are as different as two brothers can be. But when Jimmy seeks out their missing father, Sammy joins in. As they ask questions, and move closer to their quest, it is Sammy who grows more interested--until the questions lead the brothers to a seedy waterfront bar where violence erupts....
"Keeps your interest...Quite suspenseful."
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Simon Pulse (first published 1987)
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Ratesjul
I reread this recently, as part of my reread of the entire Tillerman cycle. I don't think I've reread the entire cycle in the stated order in a long time. I've always liked some books of it more than others, and this is one of my lesser favourites, though I'm never entirely sure why. perhaps it's because I really like Dicey, and she barely features in this book. Perhaps it's because I don't entirely agree with the way Sammy and James act on one or two of their trips in search of information. Per...more
Cindy Dyson Eitelman
Must be read if you've read the first five books in the series and have become enamored of all things Tillerman. It doesn't stand on its own, which was okay by me. It doesn't really start and it doesn't really end, which, also, was okay by me. It's like reading a diary of a good friend who is still alive--you don't want or expect an ending. It's a...how did you get that way? novel.

Cynthia Voigt demonstrates amazing skill at portraying the adolescent mind. You absolutely know these kids and, beca...more
Mahasin
I really, really like Voigt's writing style. She has a way of capturing the complicated emotions of each character. This book focuses on James and Sammy. Last year I read Homecoming and Dicey's Song and just thought they were okay, but this book was different.

I still am not a big fan of James as a character. He's significantly less annoying in this book than he was in the other two, but that's not saying much. I know that it's a clear indication that James is emotionally stunted and insecure ab...more
Bruce Nordstrom
This book is the sixth book in Cynthia Voight's celebrated "Tillerman cycle." This is the second book in the series that I have read, and I enjoyed it very much.

The story revolves around the two Tillerman brothers, James and Sammy, and their attempt to locate their father, who abandoned the family years ago. The search is complicated, difficult--and completely fascinating to read. The search is made more difficult by the fact that boys boys are minors, not old enough to drive, with little money,...more
Kate
Not my favorite of the Tillerman books, plot-wise, but definitely a good one in terms of insight into the Tillerman family dynamic. We get to hear things from the perspectives of James and Sammy in this book, who are more alike than they might seem at first glance. James has changed little from the iteration we meet in previous books, but Sammy has become a more thoughtful and empathetic person (which I suppose makes sense, considering that he's six when we first meet him in Homecoming).

I think...more
Anne Slater
In the process of cataloging a K-8 elementary school library, one comes across old favorite authors. Cynthia Voigt is one. Her Tillerman Family chronicles make an engaging study of children growing up, family dynamics, American society before the electronic age.

Sons from Afar is the story of the Tillerman brothers'search for their father. THese two boys, as different as chalk and cheese, take great risks to find out just who their father is (or was) and why he has never been with them. Their ing...more
Susan Cackler
I first read Voigt when I was in high school and my mom was a school librarian. She would being me a stack of books to read and have me give her my opinion of them. I read the first two Tillerman books and loved them. I didn't know that there were more because life and college and all that happened. Anyway, I still love the way she gets into the heads of her characters and gives what feels like a realistic depiction of being a teen-aged boy. The story may be too character-driven for some people,...more
Fran
It has been six years since the Tillerman siblings have found a stable home at Gram’s, and Dicey is away at college. Book #6 focuses on James and Sammy highlighting their many differences. James is a studious “dork” unsure of himself, introspective and philosophical. Sammy is outgoing, popular, athletic and frustrated by his brother’s over-analytical personality. When James plans a trip to Cambridge to find out more about their estranged father, Sammy reluctantly agrees to go. The little informa...more
Laura
After reading Homecoming and Dicey's Song, I wanted to read more about the Tillerman siblings rather than their friends so I skipped over books 3,4,5 in the series, and started in on 6. Sons from Afar takes us a few years into their lives, where Dicey is away at college and James is a self-proclaimed nerd struggling to find his place in the world. He starts to wondering about their long-lost father, and enlists Sammy to help him out.

It was interesting to see the characters age, but in many ways,...more
Megan
I love these Tillermans, and I waited far too long before returning to finish this series. The first three books really amazed me. The fourth was quite good, and the fifth OK. I found this one to be compelling, if a little less heavy on plot. More like the fourth book. I liked watching the boys figure out who they were and come to grips with where they'd come from. I thought that the way the plot resolved itself really fit with the characters in it and didn't seem far fetched. And I always like...more
Josiah
There was a lot of very beautifully written material in this sixth book of the Tillerman Cycle. The interactions between the brothers James and Sammy were breathtaking, in my opinion, and the tone of these many encounters throughout the narrative was perfect.
The story itself was vastly different from what I expected, but it was definitely a worthwhile addition to the collection of literature about the Tillerman family, and I am glad that Cynthia Voigt wrote it. She is simple amazing in her abi...more
Tori
Jul 30, 2012 Tori rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who liked the other Tillerman books.
Recommended to Tori by: Myself. :)
Sons from Afar is the penultimate book in Cynthia Voigt's Tillerman cycle. This novel was narrated mainly by James and Sammy Tillerman, who are on a quest to find out who their father is and ultimately who they are.

Though I've enjoyed nearly all of the Tillerman books, I didn't enjoy this one quite as much. With the exception of A Solitary Blue, I just haven't really connected with the books when the narrators are male. I did love learning more about Sammy and James, along with the rest of the T...more
joyce lynn
once more, i'd like to climb into this series and throttle a parent or two! how could they leave their kids like this, and let them grow up w/ all this "i wonder if ... ?", and pain, and ... to deal w/, on top of all the normal crud we humans, especially kids, pile up on each other just because?!

of course, w/ a so-called "man" like there father apparently was, they're probably better off not having had him in their life, but still ... to have left them like that, no word, no ...

not the best boo...more
Kelli
I have enjoyed all of the Tillerman family books, but this is one of my favorites. The author was very skilled at taking the reader with James and Sammy as they struggled to decide who they are and what kind of person they would like to be. I want my boys to read it when they get older. It was a great example of finding your true inner character and learning that what you do and who you are is more important than what you look like or what others may think of you. I really like the close knit fa...more
Joan
Aug 13, 2014 Joan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: owned
My second read through this series. One of my favorites.
Kerith
May 22, 2012 Kerith rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
James and Sammy Tillerman, best known as the brothers of Dicey in the excellent earlier novels Homecoming and Dicey's Song, are reaching their teen years and beginning to wonder about their absent father. As they start searching for his whereabouts and learning about who he was they find much more than they bargained for. Cynthia Voigt's novels about the Tillermans continue to suck me in - she writes about family, siblings, friendship, and coming of age beautifully.
Trisha
I didn't connect with the fourth and fifth books. I thought I'd like "The runner", but I kept wondering if Cynthia Voigt had ever run - she just didn't talk about pain enough :). I liked the sixth book much better, I think because I could relate to James' character, however, I was expecting a different outcome and I still am even though I'm finished with the book. I'm looking forward to book 7 and _really_ hoping that some of the questions still circling get resolved.
Lydia Rodriguez
I enjoyed reading about the Tillerman boys and seeing how they are dealing with their emotions as they grow. This book is about the two boy who are searching for their father who abandoned them when they were young. I enjoyed seeing how sammy changed from the first book.
Geni
For whatever reason, my least favorite book in the Tillerman cycle.
Carly
James and Sammy's story can't really stand alone like some of the others in the Tillerman cycle, but it was still a good book. I like how the brothers look out for each other in completely different ways because they are so different. I like the bond that they have and the way they support each other even when disagreeing, and how they help each other to see their own selves in a different way.
Jennifer
This story follows the Tillerman story of Dicey and her siblings, and focuses on the two younger brothers. I read this one before The Runner and I am glad I did. It kept the mystery in Sons from Afar intriguing. Then, in the readding of Runner, there was the Ah-ha! sensation.
Alison
Another great installment in this series. One of Voigt's strength as a writer is capturing her character's transformations (a.k.a. growing up). Even while her characters are quite mature and independent, they still have lessons to learn. I have loved this series...one more to go!
Carol C
3.5 stars. The second-to-last book in the Tillerman cycle. This book wouldn't really stand on it's own, but as a continuation of the Tillerman story, I enjoyed it. I love the way the characters interact with each other and the general mood of these books.
Amanda
I have enjoyed the entire Tillerman series, but this might be my favorite. Sammy and James are such strong personalities and are facing different problems, and even the same question: who was our father, is important to them for such personal reasons.
Debbie
#6 in the Tillerman cycle (of 7 total) - 3.5 stars

A worthwhile addition to the series but not my favorite. I look forward the last book to learn more about and have some of my questions answered about each of the characters.
Peter
Sep 19, 2008 Peter rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Peter by: Kristi Lamborn
One of the least sad in the series! About boys trying to fit in and deciding what they really like about themselves. It is interesting because it switches between to characters perspectives a lot, sometimes in the same scene.
Elizabeth
I adore the fleshing out of James--he's always been an intriguing "other" character in the other books. There is so much lack of resolution in this book that it could be frustrating, but I think it is a perfect reality.
Colin
I'm gonna give this one a 3.5--great characterization as usual, but i kind of wanted a different resolution. Also, there was blatant racism about Native folks in this that didn't make me happy. On to the final installment....
Becky
The Tillerman saga is great on the whole, but I didn't care for this one as well. The boys just weren't that interesting, neither was their quest to find their father or their struggle to relate to each other.
Dawn
The two sons in this book set out to find their long-lost father. Again, I love that Cynthia Voigt adds more background and depth to the main characters lives.
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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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