What will the Tillermans do now that their mother has left them? Homecoming, by Cynthia Voigt, will bring you along on a fascinating journey of four siblings struggling to find a place to call home.
The Tillermans, on their way to their Great Aunt Cilla’s, stopped at a mall where their mother abandoned them. Dicey, the eldest, has decided they must continue to Great Aunt Cilla’s house; a journey she expects will only take three days. They must spend as little as possible on food and clothing and seek shelter in the woods to stay out of sight of authorities. While, most importantly, sticking together. The question is; will they find somebody willing to take them in?
Voigt is a fantastic author. I loved the way she wrote this realistic-fiction novel: Homecoming. I was so lured in by the suspense and adventures throughout the book. This page-turner had me constantly wanting to read on. I couldn’t put the book down. At every moment I was wondering, what will happen to the Tillermans? Will they find a home?
Wait, there’s more. This novel was turned into a movie back in the early ‘90s. Voigt is an American author who spent much of her life in the Northeast United States. Many of her books take place in areas where she lived. Homecoming is one of seven books in the Tillerman Cycle. She has written other books aside from the Tillerman Cycle. These include The Bad Girl series, Izzy, Willy Nilly and Jackaroo.
She won the Newbery Medal for her book Dicey’s Song and the Newbery Honor award for A Solitary Blue; both novels are in the Tillerman Cycle. Voigt also won the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1995, which recognizes young adult authors. Finally, she won the lifetime achievement award, Katahdin Award, in 2003 which acknowledges an exceptional body of work of children’s literature in Maine.

Rating:  4 out of 5 stars
Editor's note: Emma Frohnapfel is a scholastic contributor to TAP into Chatham. She is currently a seventh grader at Chatham Middle School.