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  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (10 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442428848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442428843
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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“Cynthia Voigt writes with as much insight as ever”
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“The Tillerman series… is a tour de force”
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Cynthia Voigt, winner of the Newbery Medal, was born in Boston in 1942. For a number of years she taught English and Classics. She is married with one daughter and one son.

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Cynthia Voight tells this final episode with all her familiar skills but there is a lack of drama that while not destroying the appeal of the story line, does reduce it.
Dicey's ambition to build boats appears
less realistic because neither she nor anyone else goes near the water!
True she devotes herself to the business , and learns that kind of devotion , -leads to ignoring what else is happening around !
When Cisco, a charming down and outer, appears, and seems to be the answer to her prayers she seems unable to recognize a real criminal when she meets one !
Her relationship with Jeff is similarly slightly unrealistic ! Nonetheless ,despite these criticisms
But given that the novel is intended for a Young Adult audience ,lack of reality is almost a given
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jan. 2000
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This was one of the best Tillerman novels I have read and if you like Dicey then this book would be perfect!
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By smith39@lineone.net on 8 Dec. 1999
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I have read this book along with the rest of the Tillerman series and I would recommend it to anyone who likes adventure stories. I must admit that some of the books are quite long but they are worth reading. I really liked this book and would read it all over again if I had the chance
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By janeet on 31 Oct. 2014
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sorry to finished this the last book in the series. would love to know what happened next to this family really get into these books.
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A fitting end 8 April 2000
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
In all honesty, this book could be about the Tillermans starting a circus and I would still have enjoyed it. But it isn't, and Dicey's struggle to build boats and finish building herself and her relationships is exactly the way the series is supposed to end. This book lacks the sheer poetic beauty of A Solitary Blue or Homecoming, but anyone who remotely enjoyed any of the other books would find a visit to Seventeen... worthwhile. Yes, it gets bogged down in the details of boatbuilding, but it effectively demonstrates how most of us spend our adult lives bogged down in the details, always teetering on the edge of success or ruin. And its nice to see Dicey and Jeff still together, but maybe thats just me.
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Better than I expected 11 Feb. 2002
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Seventeen Against the Dealer was much better than I expected. I read this book to do a report on, and it is very easy to understand, very easy reading. I was able to relate to each of the characters, especially Dicey and Maybeth. This book had something for almost everyone. A little suspence, a little adventure, and a little romance. If you are like me, I can picture a grandmother refusing to be taken to a doctor, eventhough she is near death. If you have read any of Voigt's books, read this one. It does get better after the 2nd chapter!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful! 5 May 1999
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I have loved all the book in the Tillerman cycle for years. No one that I know reads them seriously, so I've never been able to find out: is Cisco really Francis Verricker, Dicey's father? I would reccommend this book to anyone, even someone that has not read the series. It is a beautiful story about learning that self reliance is not always the best path.
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Ahh...okay. 10 Jun. 2002
By Penny Thoughtful - Published on Amazon.com
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By now, the wonderfully three-dimensional characters such as Dicey and Jeff are beginning to wilt. I recommend this book to fans of Dicey because it is good to find out what happens, but this isn't a book worth reading more than two or three times. (the earlier ones in the series NEVER get old) It's too depressing, and the happy ending doesn't really make up for the depressing parts.
I've always been disappointed that Jeff Greene, who is possibly my favorite character in all of literary fiction, is never fleshed out beyond A Solitary Blue. The later Dicey books make him out to be some sort of young god. Kind of disappointing.
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Did Dicey get a Personality Transplant for this Last Book? 27 July 2011
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WARNING - Story spoilers ahead

This is the 7th book in the 7 book Tillerman series.

Did Dicey get a personality transplant for this last book because I didn't recognize her?

Dicey was always portrayed before as an innovative go over/around any obstacle independent type of person who made more smart decisions than bad ones and never let anything get her down.

In this book, Dicey transforms into an airhead who lets others CONSTANTLY rip her off and steal from her. It was one blow after another. Worse, Dicey appears to get depressed and desperate acting more like her mother than Dicey.

The not having insurance for her shop and her tools are stolen that was the dumbest. She insures that ancient truck BUT NOT HER SHOP - no one would believe that -especially when it cost her only $100 for a whole year of insurance. Dicey readers KNOW she is goal oriented and plays it SAFE and would have insured her shop.

Then, she gets ripped off by a drifter she let sleep in shop by signing the back of an $800 check and asking HIM to deposit it and he steals it. Again, the Dicey of the PREVIOUS books was NOT trusting of people and she knew NOTHING about this guy - AT ALL - except he drifted in to help her. Personally, I think he is the one who ripped off her tools and hocked them. Why would ANYONE - let alone anyone as tough and smart as Dicey give a check worth that much money to a man she does NOT know? Yes this guy helped her BUT he also just up and left for awhile and then drifted back in and Dicey KNEW he gambled. Who would give a GAMBLER and a DRIFTER an $800 check to deposit? Certainly not Dicey. Dicey would have given the check to Maybeth or Sammy to deposit if she couldn't. They could have done it on the way to or after school. The author blames it on Dicey not knowing to write FOR DEPOSIT ONLY on the back to prevent the guy taking her money but THAT isn't the issue. The issue is that Dicey of ALL the previous books would NEVER have given the guy the check to begin with.

Dicey always studied things like how to build boats. The REAL Dicey would have studied a few books about opening a business also and she doesn't in this book.

Dicey and her family NEVER kept secrets from each other so WHY did the author feel Dicey would have kept the fact she had a drifter helping her and she was paying him by letting him sleep in her shop. She had NO REASON to NOT tell them about him. The author tried to say Dicey was "afraid" her good luck of having him around would disappear if she mentioned him to her family. Since WHEN was the practical Dicey - superstitious?

The only mistake made by this new Dicey that the old Dicey might have made was a handshake agreement to make a small boat. She didn't get it in writing and he wanted his $500 deposit back and she, being honorable, gave it back. She learned a valuable lesson - GET CONTRACTS in writing.

The hardest of all to relate to with this "new" Dicey was how beaten down by everything she was. So much so that she decides to close her shop and run to the safety of Jeff's arms and Dicey in almost pathetic desperation proposes marriage to Jeff. Worse, Jeff humiliates Dicey by asking her WHY he should marry her. Dicey doesn't stand up for herself or throw him a sarcastic barb but just slinks away. It was a cringing moment in the book.

This books FINALLY ends with Jeff proposing to Dicey and him lifting her spirits enough to want to build a boat herself.
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