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Homecoming (Tillerman Cycle #1)

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"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.

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Mass Market Paperback, 318 pages
Published June 12th 1983 by Fawcett Books (first published 1981)
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Ruth
Jan 26, 2008 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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Deanna
May 22, 2015 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
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Jackie "the Librarian"
Oct 25, 2007 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
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Josiah
Apr 18, 2009 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
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Lacey
Mar 07, 2016 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
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Jeneva Gonzales
Nov 15, 2011 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
Lars Guthrie
Sep 10, 2010 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)
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Ensiform
Mar 16, 2012 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
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Beth
Jan 30, 2016 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
Kirsten
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
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Anita
Feb 16, 2012 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,
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Jenny
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me quite a while to read, but it wasn’t because it was a bad story at all; for some reason, I was just content to read at a slower pace than normal. I felt like the book did a good job of portraying what kids might actually do if they were in the situation of the Tillermans. It was interesting to see how they dealt with basic necessities, like food, money, and shelter. I enjoyed getting to know all four kids as the story progressed. I don’t know if I’ll read the whole series, but ...more
Lisa Vegan
May 13, 2007 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.
JoLee
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to JoLee by: Megan
Shelves: audio, middle-grade, 2017
My friend Megan has been singing praises to Cynthia Voight's Tillerman Cycle for as long as I've known her. When she pointed out that Homecoming was part of the fantastic children's book sale on Audible (seriously, I bought 10 books for $30), I decided it was time to finally read it.

The four Tillerman children are abandoned in a mall parking lot. When their mother doesn't return, they worry that they will be split up if they go to the police, so they set out to walk all the way to their grea
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Lauren Byun
Feb 13, 2012 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
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Jessica
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
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
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Amanda
Nov 20, 2011 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
Amanda
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
Katy
Jul 27, 2010 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!
Mina
Jan 31, 2016 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.
J L's Bibliomania
Parts reminded me of The Boxcar Children (which I haven't read in years, but which was a favorite when I was in the middle grade years).
AnneDavis
Mar 24, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to AnneDavis by: Summer Reading
I HATED this book!
Christy
This could have been so much shorter if everything that wasn't really relevant to the point was cut out.
Kay
Dec 21, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated this book. Sorry to anyone who likes it, I felt it was not well written.
Linda Castano
Homecoming, by Cynthia Voigt, is a book about four children who were abandoned in a mall parking lot. Their mother was struggling to get the bills paid off, and with four children it made things even more complicated. That’s when she decided to abandon the children. The oldest of the four, Dicey, has to take the challenge of taking care of her younger siblings at such short notice. With no food, no money, and no place to stay, the kids have no other choice but to walk. Fortunately, people notice ...more
Juushika
Abandoned by their mother, the Tillerman children begin an on-foot journey in search of a home. There are aspects of this which haven't aged well, casting a vague sense of "wouldn't happen in this way today" over the text; it's worst in interactions with non-family members. But Voigt has a knack for complex characterization--not subtlety so much as nuance: characters are flawed, messy, self-contradictory, but viewed with compassion by both Dicey and the narrative. And what atmosphere!

"Why do Til
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Coleen
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[Note: my copy of the book had a different cover - which I really liked more than the one that is showing now with my review...]

This book is somewhat unusual in that it involves four siblings from 12 years old to 6 years old who are determined to stay together despite no father in their life, and a mother who has mental problems. How these wonderful kids manage their attempt at togetherness makes for an interesting story. It is an easy and fast read, at least it was to me. Each child is unique a
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Jaison
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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SallyB
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, ya
Absolutely loved this book. Read it a while back. Will reread it. Highly recommend for teens.
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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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Tillerman Cycle (7 books)
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