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3.0 out of 5 stars Overlong, 27 April 2014
This review is from: Homecoming (Tillerman Cycle (Paperback)) (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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