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Homecoming | [Cynthia Voigt]

Homecoming

On Saturday morning, 13-year-old Dicey Tillerman sits in the car at the shopping mall with her younger sister and two brothers. Momma had said, "You be good." Then she walked away. They wait for a day and a night, but Momma never comes back. Finally, Dicey decides the children should go to Bridgeport, Connecticut where Aunt Cilla lives. Maybe Momma is waiting for them there. But they don't have enough money to take the bus. Determined to keep the family together, Dicey sets off on foot with her siblings.
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Publisher's Summary

On Saturday morning, 13-year-old Dicey Tillerman sits in the car at the shopping mall with her younger sister and two brothers. Momma had said, "You be good." Then she walked away. They wait for a day and a night, but Momma never comes back. Finally, Dicey decides the children should go to Bridgeport, Connecticut where Aunt Cilla lives. Maybe Momma is waiting for them there. But they don't have enough money to take the bus. Determined to keep the family together, Dicey sets off on foot with her siblings in search of Aunt Cilla. Soon, she discovers that finding a home and making one aren't always the same thing. Newbery Award-winning author Cynthia Voigt has captured the hearts of millions of young adults with her poignant tale of a young girl struggling with adult responsibilities. With her glowing narration, Barbara Caruso vividly brings to life each exciting adventure the children experience as they travel in search of a place to call home.

©1981 Cynthia Voigt; (P)1992 Recorded Books,LLC

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    Paul Westlake, OH, United States 11-27-12
    Paul Westlake, OH, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2011

    Home school family with six children ages 7-21. We love listening to audible books together. We like Twaddle-free books.

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    "A story about Family and Challenges"

    Overall I enjoyed this story. I have always enjoyed survival adventure stories. This is the story of 4 siblings who are deserted by their father years ago and then their mother leaves them in a shopping mall and doesn't return. THey were on their way to visit an unmet aunt. THe children have very little money and only their wits and legs to travel the couple hundred miles to their aunt. They visit their aunt and then when that doesn't work out they split to go meet their 'crazy' Grandmother whom they have also never met. THey are hard working children and use their wits and survival instincts to make it through.

    Is this a realistic story? No. I was also annoyed at the author's attempts to make it a 'deeper' book by trying to address the topic of death. Nobody dies in the story! It is just painted on like a facade. There is no moral basis for their discussions, just random thoughts. Still trying to figure out why she went there at all. It accomplished nothing. My other annoyance with the story was the obligatory flesh reference... giggling over the jiggling of ladies breasts. Really? Totally pointless. My third annoyance was her attempt to discriminate about when stealing and lying was ok and when it wasn't. Again, there was no reference point for these decisions, just their own feelings. They didn't really wrestle with it, just kinda did what was easiest for them. I guess in our world, feelings and ease trump everything.

    I like Barbara Caruso as a reader. She was great in the Anne of Green Gables books. There were some technical glitches in the middle of the book where there was an echo.

    Bottom line was that I liked the adventure part of the story, it is well written, I disliked the annoyances. It is not a book that I will be giving to the kids to listen to and I very well might return it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    W Modesto, CA, United States 01-06-10
    W Modesto, CA, United States 01-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Homecoming"

    This book is earmarked for children, however, it is in no way a juvenile read. The children who are the characters in this novel experience situations that an adult would confront, given the same set of circumstances, in their pursuit to find a home for themselves and keep their family together. There is the refreshing absence of dirty language and obscene material. I recommend the read for ages 10 and above.

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    Wendy 12-02-08
    Wendy 12-02-08
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    "Love this book/audio"

    I have always enjoyed this story. It was a wonderful read aloud when our children were young teens. Such a wonderful story of family pulling together when the chips are down. And making the most of the family you have. For how bad things get it has a triumphant finish.

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    Rian Taveras 05-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "What a great book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Homecoming to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I read the print version in middle school, but loved the audio edition for the narration.


    What other book might you compare Homecoming to and why?

    I don't know.


    What does Barbara Caruso bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Definitely Gram's personality.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The last 3 hours were. Before that, it wasn't so suspenseful. But I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen to Mr. Rudyard, the circus, and once they got to Crisfield.


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    Amazon Customer Western Cape, South Africa 12-28-11
    Amazon Customer Western Cape, South Africa 12-28-11
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    "More please"

    Utterly satisfying. Real characters, with depth and dimension, portrayed beautifully. I long for an unabridged sequel!

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  • Amanda
    Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    7/23/10
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    "One of my favourite books"

    I really enjoyed listening to this. The narration was slow and steady so you could enjoy it fully.
    Although written for children, the series can be enjoyed by all ages. Dicey and her little family will captivate you so you will hope that their long journey will take them Home.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    11/30/14
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    "dull"
    What was most disappointing about Cynthia Voigt’s story?

    Story just plodded on, couldn't engage with the characters, dull storyline, eventually gave up listening


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was read quiet well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Little Whelnetham, United Kingdom
    11/25/14
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    "Utterly boring, slow and repetitive"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Somebody who has time to waste


    Has Homecoming put you off other books in this genre?

    Definitely by this author


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Did not finish it as got to the point when I had had enough and would not even recommend it.


    What character would you cut from Homecoming?

    Not worth commenting on.


    Any additional comments?

    This book should have been radically culled. If we heard about the children's food choices (mostly the same) and the dreary monotonous listing of every tiny detail once, the same tune was played over and over. Just dreadful. I got to the end of the first half and lost the will to carry on.. Believe me I tried to be fair and hoped it would get better...so have no idea how it ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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