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Seventeen Against the Dealer

(Tillerman Cycle #7)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  2,029 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Dicey Tillerman has big dreams. She's started a boatbuilding business, and she's determined to prove she can succeed on her own. So at first she resists the offer of help from Cisco, the mysterious stranger who turns up at her shop.

But running a business doesn't leave much time for the people Dicey treasures-- her grandmother, her younger siblings, and her boyfriend. Whe

Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Simon Pulse (first published 1989)
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Jul 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I'm pretty sure my mom handed me a copy of Dicey's Song during one of our summer reading list deals. Surely you're familiar with the concept. I read so many of the books on the list and she, in turn, gave me some sort of reward. You see this was back in the pre-Chronicles of Narnia phase in my life. The early days when I would rather be rolling down hills or jumping on beds than reading during the summer. Frankly, it's hard for me to look back now and remember such a time even existed. I'm prett ...more
Elsa K
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jenny Leiva
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
In some ways this book was frustrating because Dicey kept making so many mistakes and getting such tough breaks, but at the same time, these books have been realistic all the way through and this one was no exception. I wanted more time with some of the characters, specifically Maybeth and Mina, but overall, I was glad the focus was on Dicey and I felt like there was enough information about the various characters to make the ending satisfying. I really enjoyed this series. The first book took m ...more
Heather Adams
Mar 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
I really, really dislike this book. Homecoming and Dicey’s Song are some of my favorite books and I’ve read them both more times than I can count. This book just plain sucks. Dicey is older now and starts her boat building business, and her amazing boyfriend Jeff is away at college. I fell in love with Jeff in A Solitary Blue and for the life of me I can’t comprehend what he sees in Dicey. I adore her as a character, but as a girlfriend? Or a fiancée? She treats Jeff like absolute shit in this b ...more
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Shelves: young-adult
I wish I could read about every year of Dicey Tillerman's life. The first two books in the Tillerman cycle, Homecoming and Dicey's Song, are both moving, timeless books about Dicey, an extremely difficult, yet amazingly strong and resilient young woman. The next several books in the cycle focus on secondary character's, and although I enjoyed most of these, especially Jeff's story, A Solitary Blue, I read them mostly to keep tabs on Dicey, even if it was only through the eyes of her friend's and ...more
Sam (Hissing Potatoes)
Better than the last few books in the series, but still nowhere near as good as the first three books. There was so much space wasted on unnecessary landscape descriptions, and the themes or "lessons" throughout seemed thin and stretched just to make a buck—I mean book out of them. The ending did not at all have the satisfying weight of finishing a seven-book series. What I liked most were the side character dynamics with Sammy, Maybeth, and Gram, though Sammy and Maybeth's subplots were introdu ...more
Jun 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I was glad to see the focus return to Dicey for this, the final book of the Tillerman family cycle, but I was rather disappointed in the final product. Much like Sons from Afar, this felt like more of a character exploration than an actual book. I spent most of the book dreading the results of each mistake Dicey made, and there wasn't much of a pay-off at the end. Considering this was the final book of a seven book series, I think was hoping for more of a wrap-up to it all.

True, in real life, th
Vannessa Anderson
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth-children
At twenty-one, Dicey Tillerman thought she’d learned all she need to learn. She’d always wanted to build boats so she quit college, rented an empty space where she could store her tools, and everything else she needed to build boats but after a break-in and all her tools were stolen, trusting her workmate to deposit a check who instead cashed in the check and ran off with the cash, nearly losing her grandma because she didn’t recognize how sick her grandma was and needed the help of the doctor, ...more
Dec 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book in the Tillerman series but it mostly stands on its own. Dicey is an extremely independently minded hard worker. She'd dreamed of building boats her whole childhood, ever since she helped to restore one. She quits collage to work to get seed money for a boat building business. She's so single minded that she starts to lose people in her life one at a time through sheer neglect.

I really admire Dicey's determination and drive and I like that this book shows the flip side of the wil
Carol C
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: realistic, ya
A detailed conclusion to the Tillerman books that is very true to the characters' established personalities. Dicey's conflict with Jeff was so well done, and so plausible for the kind of person she is. There's little growth here for Sammy, Maybeth, or James, but this is Dicey's book - the one where we get to see what she's like as an adult. This is a satisfying series that leaves you wanting more, but not NEEDING more. ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Boring and depressing. A sad ending to a nice series.
Sarah King
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've finished my reread of The Tillerman Cycle (adding in 3 new novels along the way) and it's been such a wonderful journey. Seventeen Against the Dealer provides closure to Dicey's story, and this book, more than the others, really wrestles with her flaws. For most of the book, I really didn't like Dicey and kept wanting to shake her for the bad decisions she was making and her self-centredness. Thankfully by the end of the novel there is some redemption for Dicey, and her relationships. While ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young adults
This was the last book in the Tillerman series and I was glad to see that this was the latest chronologically because I wanted to know what had happened to the Tillerman family. That being said, there want much conclusion to the ending. I would say this was probably one of my least favorites of the whole series. It still had positive messages about family, love, hard work, determination, and learning from mistakes, but I wasn't as invested or connected to this book's plot. I was really expecting ...more
Dec 10, 2020 rated it liked it
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Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The final book in the Tillerman Cycle returns to Dicey, the oldest of the siblings, who has quit college to start her own boat building business. She has it all planned out and she has some luck, but this is a Cynthia Voigt novel. This isn't a final book sailing to a neat conclusion and happy ending. Instead Dicey struggles through problems, has issues with her family, suffers the unkindness of others, and has to face up to when she's wrong and deal with the consequences. But she has her family. ...more
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dicey Tillerman is 21, and ready to start her own business... or so she thinks. The plan: make enough money on boat storage and repair to cover expenses, and then build dinghies to sell, and eventually larger sailboats. Unfortunately, things begin to go wrong almost immediately...

There’s a lot of stress in this book. In some ways, it’s even more stressful than Homecoming, because Dicey’s work separates her from her family, and they’re all better off when they are working things out together. Voi
Steve Ward
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another powerfully written book from the Tillerman Cycle but this one was so much more depressing than the other books in the series. The main character has quite a few really bad things happen to her during her quest to fulfill her dream. It seemed that the author decided to take a different approach with Dicey compared to the first book when she seemed so in charge as a 13 year old. The end of this book was not what I expected after so many negative outcomes. It seemed that the author just wra ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 and a half stars. I never thought boat building could be so exciting until I read about Dicey doing it. I loved this final book of the series and was grateful to have Dicey's vantage point to conclude it ...more
I’ve never liked this one as much as the others, and now I remember why. It’s quite painful reading about all of Dickey’s mistakes. Most of the book I just wanted to shake her. But I still think it’s nice to read how the Tillermans turned out, so in that way it feels like a good conclusion.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this whole series. Enjoyed this book thoroughly. Have been reading these books periodically over the last couple of years and I think about this family frequently. Such a fascinating family.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Scott Wilkinson
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not the ending I wanted for Dicey and her crew...but in retrospect, one I should have expected. There were also far too many loose ends - an epilogue would have been appreciated...

Still a worthwhile read and a fine finish to a wonderful series.
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Such a fitting ending for Dicey’s journey through life. I loved every one of the books in the Tillerman cycle.
They took children with much adversity and showed how you can succeed in life through persistence.
A wonderful saga.
Rosalyn Leigh
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stunning book and series altogether. I never tire of Ms. Voigt's mastery. ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's fitting that the seventh and last book in the Tillerman Cycle focuses on Dicey, as the first one did. All seven books are really well written, really deeply satisfying reads. ...more
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
The wrap up for the Tillerman cycle. Loved it. A lot of things go wrong for Dicey and then finally clarity rushes in. Just like life at 20 something.
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The 7th and final book in The Tillerman Cycle. If as a youngster in the 80's, you remember Homecoming and Dicey's Song, you may also be pleasantly surprised to learn that this series continued. Over the last handful of years I read them all and thoroughly enjoyed the everyday life and experiences of this family. Sad to see it end. Will have to look into Cynthia Voight's other works as her writing feels like home. ...more
Michelle Llewellyn
Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book should only get one star but I'll stick with my original two star rating due to my first reading back in the mid-1990s, feeling my money would've been better spent on something else like, say, a pile of larch wood. Disappointed at such a lackluster conclusion to a favorite series, I placed this paperback copy on my bookshelf-never touching it again.
Until now, over twenty years later, in 2019.
Having just finished my own personal summaries of "Homecoming," "Dicey's Song," and "Come a St
Emily Dybdahl
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-literature
I always love Cynthia Voigt's voice as an author, and her books always make me feel warm and homey. Her characters in the Tillerman cycle remind me a lot of my family-people who believe in hard work, family first, and learning.
This book brought back memories of Homecoming and Dicey's Song and I was surprised that the characters and their personalities came back to me so strongly, thought it's been many years since I read those books. I love all the characters: Dicey, Sammy, James, Maybeth, and
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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
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Other books in the series

Tillerman Cycle (7 books)
  • Homecoming (Tillerman Cycle, #1)
  • 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)

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