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Come a Stranger (Tillerman Cycle) Paperback – 10 Jul 2012

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (10 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442428821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442428829
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Real believable characters who will live for the young teenage reader”
Times Educational Supplement

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

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About the Author

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a touching story about a young girl as she grows up trying ro fight racism. Mina Smith is expelled from dance class, and she thinks she knows why....because she's black. It's a marvellous book that tells you about Mina, her friendships, her family and her love life. I would reccomend anyone from the age 10 - 15 to read it.
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By Leslie B Pearce on 14 Aug. 2010
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This book was for us the completion of the Tillerman family series which we enjoyed.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Voigt is probably one of the finest young adult writers... 30 Jun. 2000
By Malice - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wilhemina Smiths (Mina), wants to dance. She's got liveliness, intelligence, zest for life, and determination; but she is also black. Voigt produces her usual not-out of the ordinary kaleidoscope of REAL people...and this is precisely what makes this book out of the ordinary. She presents Mina's emotions beautifully and level-headedly: her love of ballet, her keenness, her crush on/fascination with Tamer Shipp, her relationship with Dicey. The concluding sentences of the book are wonderfully ambiguous (at least a little). There's disappointment, triumph... It's just great.
Characters and scenes from the other books in the Tillerman Cycle overlap and are introduced through her own perspective. I'd recommend this book far more than "The Glory Field", and feel that it lived up to its potential and even surpassed my expectations.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Come a Stranger 27 Nov. 2000
By Grace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mina Smith loves dancing, and when she gets accepted to the summer ballet school she thinks all of her dreams have come true. When she arrives at the school, she is the only black girl there. The other girls treat her differently, but Mina is too blind to notice. The next summer, she loses her coordination, gets sent home, and falls in love with the summer minister. In this book, Mina embarks on a journey to find herself, and comes to love dance even more than before.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Race Dependent World 11 Mar. 2003
By Emily - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the story "Come A Stranger" a young black girl named Mina, experiences bigotry that she is not used to. Mina is a wonderful dancer at the age of eleven, and is a very sweet kind girl, who loves herself for who she is. Then she gets accepted in a dance camp that is supposed to help her learn how to dance better, but teaches her something else. Mina loved being black and then she went to dance camp and learned how to hate being black. Mina is the only black girl at camp, but she doesn't really notice that and no one really shows their true colors toward her. Mina makes friends at camp and is sad when she has to leave when summer ends. Mina returns home and has turned into a snob, she has grown to hate being black in every way and feels that she is better than everyone else is. The next summer when she returns to dance camp, people start to act differently toward her, like they are better. Mina becomes miserable and wants to go home. Her dancing has changed a great deal because she hit puberty and is going though many changes. Dancing has become hard for Mina when it was once so easy. She is eventually kicked out of camp because no one wants a black girl there who can't dance. Mina for the first time in her life experiences racism. When she has to go home she feels angry, sad and happy all at the same time. She meets the summer reverend at her church named Tamer Shipp who comforts her, while she falls in love with him. Mina becomes a better person because of the dance camp rejection eventually meeting someone named Dicey and makes a great friend. The ending has a sort of funny twist to it. I really enjoyed this book and I think anyone would. I give this book 5 star.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Voight, no Stranger to good writing 9 Aug. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What an amazing novel! Cynthia Voight proved her talent as an author with HOMECOMING, DICEY'S SONG, and ON FORTUNE'S WHEEL, but she proves herself to have amazing talent at understanding people. This book is told from the point of a black woman born and raised in Maryland. Though Voight is a white woman, her power of empathy, creates a realistic telling of the story in a way that crosses all race barriers. Voight reaches into her character Mina and retreives what counts; not color, not hardships, but soul. In expounding on the soul of her character, she deftly weaves through the events and people that have shaped Mina's life. She creates a wonderful compliment to the novel DICEY'S SONG and a excellent addition to the Tillerman saga. This novel reminds me vauguely of a phone conversation between Dicey and Mina in which we finally here Mina's end of the story. Details that Dicey overlooks, Mina fills in and vice versa. I would recommend this if you've enjoyed other novels in the Tllerman saga, and also as a jumping off point into the series. Please read it... I know you'll enjoy it.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Another great companion to Dicey's Song 2 Jan. 2001
By "doug_angela" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cynthia Voigt presents another sensitive representation of the struggles so many of us face as we grow up. With the help of very supportive adults in her life, Mina comes to grips with some of her "first" experiences - prejudice, falling in love, etc.
One of the great aspects of this series of books is that there are questions left unanswered in Dicey's Song, and A Solitary Blue that are answered in Come a Stranger, and it works the other ways as well. It seems as if Voigt wrote all three books simultaneously. Each young character finds in him or herself a well of strength that is bolstered by some of the people in her or his life. I find myself thinking that I would like to have Mina, Dicey, and Jeff for friends.
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