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  Voigt, Cynthia

Publisher: Atheneum
Number of Pages: 312
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Realistic fiction

Material Type/Location:

Junior High Fiction

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ALA Notable Books
Voice of Youth Award Nominee

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Why I liked this title:

This book starts out like a local news commercial teaser, “Mother abandons children in mall parking lot…story at 10.” In the first book in Voigt’s Tillerman saga, 13-year-old Dicey Tillerman is now responsible for her three younger siblings. Armed only with a road map and seven dollars, Dicey steers the family on foot from Massachusetts to her Aunt Cilia’s house in Connecticut, the destination she assumes her mother intended before disappearing. While a bit long, this book is a compelling read. These richly developed characters may be abandoned, but their strength to overcome adversity is amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Reviewed by: David Nelson on 4/1/2008

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Dicey's Song by Voigt, Cynthia
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