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Collins Modern Classics - Homecoming Paperback – 4 May 1999


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New Ed edition (4 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006754279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006754275
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,034,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The plot has pace and is exciting, but the real fascination lies in the characters of the children… A powerful book.”
The Guardian

“A really engaging and gripping story, well written”
Grimsby Evening Telegraph

“Keeps you hooked”
Children’s Bookshelf

“The details of day-to-day survival are totally absorbing”
ILEA Contact

“The Tillerman series… is a tour de force”
The Guardian

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Dicey began to panic. The four of them had been waiting in the car for hours now. Why wasn’t their mother back? Why had she just walked off like that? What would they do if she never came back?

When night found them still waiting, bewildered and scared, Dicey decided to act. Their mother had planned to drive them to Bridgeport to see their aunt. So although they had no money they would still go – on foot. Somehow Dicey would find them food and shelter; she would take care of them and keep them together. And eventually – somehow – she would find them a home.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "semi_angel_child89" on 11 Feb. 2003
Format: Paperback
I read this book with my class.At first I thought that it would just be another book, but it turned out that it was more than I had anticipated.This book is not for everyone but I would recommend it for anyone who likes reading a down to earth story.Dicey was a very courageous child,Maybeth was very diffrent but in this case diffrence is not necissarily a bad thing. James is the glue that holds the family togather because of his constant inputs, Sammy is the child that keeps them all aware.Togather they are the Tillerman family.May there be many more readers that discover them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. J. Waldron on 22 Jun. 2002
Format: Paperback
When my mother first picked this book out of me at the shop I can remember thinking to myself. 'It looks boring' but even the first page started to interest me. It grew on me a lot until I was reading day after day. I have now read it so many times that It's falling apart.
What interests me is how it is so realistic when Dicey must lead her family to the other side of America on foot. It is sad in places, funny in places but most of all is amazing how it is so detailed and described.
This book is so great for anyone. Young or old. I would strongly recommend this to anyone who loves to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazing. It describes in such fine detail what it is like to be alone with no family except those younger than yourself and the struggle to look after them. The adventures of Dicey Tillerman and her younger brothers and sister stick in your mind as you realize just how hard it must be to cope when you are young with hardly any money. The characters develop throughout the book so that you begin to feel as if you know them and you know what they would do in different situations. This books leaves you begging for more, and wanting to know desperately what will happen next in their adventures. It is an amazing book that describes the horrors of having to cope on your own and the courage that the children show in the face of danger and the unknown
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PoundingDown on 27 April 2014
Format: Paperback
Review by my daughter, aged 9:

"Homecoming is set on they east coast of America. It is a long book, detailing an epic overland journey, undertaken mostly on foot, by a group of children. Abandoned by their mother in a car park, they must find their way several hundred miles to a new home. Not surprisingly, the four children, aged 6 to 13, struggle for food, funds, places to sleep and to evade authorities that they fear will put them into care.

The characterizations and plot are both well developed. Early-on, the writer adds unnecessarily detailed introductions of what is going on around the characters, their appearances and the scenes; this can make the writing tedious.

Despite an excess of dialogue, there is little or no humour in the book. The dialogue does read as if children are talking to each other, but still, the speech can be confusing and consistently slows down the plot movement.

On many occasions, there is a monotonous tone in the writing, for instance, when the children are walking. They do an awful lot of that. Further on, the detailed descriptions of the scenes and characters do become less tedious and enhance the story. In parts of the book,there is genuine tension and fear, so you start to worry about the characters and what will happen to them.

I would recommend this book to young teenagers who are prepared to commit time and effort into reading and like adventure stories."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 April 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is extremely exciting.You feel sorry for Dicey,Sammy,James & Maybeth but also feel like you want to be them & the ages of them are a good choice I would recomend this book to anyone from 10-14 because it is quite funny.
Christina Fernandes (age 10)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Mar. 1997
Format: Hardcover
And still they sang, the Tillerman's did. Despite the hurdles
they had crossed, in spite of the ones yet to come. Cynthia
Voigt weaves this tale of love and trust, taking chances, and
growing up too soon. The Tillerman's: Dicey, stong, stubborn,
take charge, and scared...despite all outward appearences, of
making a mistake. James, smart and confused. Sammy, stubborn,
strong, and worried that it is his fault. And Maybeth, slow,
beautiful, shy and trusting. The trial starts when they are
left in a mall parking lot, their mother, having forgotten
about them. Dicey decides to lead them south, to an aunt
they have never met, and a place they hope to call home. As
they walk they meet many people along the way, some friends,
some not. Dicey worries about where to sleep, who to trust,
and how to feed her brothers and sister. Yet through it all
they sing. When the they get to their Aunts house, things
don't quite work out as planned. Sammy, strong willed is at
risk of being sent to a foster home, Maybeth, slow and shy is
at risk of being placed in a school for mentally handicapped.
Dicey, who came so far to find a home for ALL of them,
realizes that it won't be here. So they set out again. For
a different home, with a grandmother, they never knew existed,
and who never knew about them. In Homecoming, Cynthia Voigt
tells this masterful story, of coming home. And through it
all, they sang.
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