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Dicey's Song [Library Binding]

Cynthia Voigt
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Sept. 1 1982 Tillerman Cycle (Book 2)
At the beginning of summer, Momma had abandoned them and them later been traced to an asylum where she lay unrecognizing, unknowing. So Dicey Tillerman, her brothers James and Sammy, and her sister Maybeth had spent the summer on their own on a long and difficult journey to find a home with the grandmother they'd never met before. Now that they'd moved in with Gram, their troubles, Dicey hoped, would be over.Dicey had watched over the younger kids and brought them through--now she wanted to be just a little bit selfish, to refinish the old sailboat she'd found in Gram's barn, to earn a little spending money, to adjust to Gram and to her new life in the Chesapeake Bay country that had once been her momma's childhood home.Yet even with the building of new ties and a new life, old problems and sorrows did not go away by themselves. None of the Tillermans, and especially not Dicey, could forget about Momma. Nor could Dicey easily relinquish her need to watch and worry over the three younger children. Though she felt a growing bond with feisty, seemingly eccentric Gram, who talked of reaching out...and letting go, it took a crisis to help Dicey understand what such things might mean.This story is a sequel to "Homecoming."

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"Well-written, thoughtful, imaginative and haunting." Junior Bookshelf "The Tillerman series... is a tour de force" The Guardian --This text refers to the Print on Demand (Paperback) edition.

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This is the sequel to HOMECOMING and is the winner of the winner of the Newberry Award. Here Dicey (our courageous protagonist) and her siblings are adjusting to life on a farm with their grandmother. But Dicey has new conflicts--puberty and the longing for her dying mother. Of the 300 top selling mass market books Ballantine has published in the past year, DICEY'S SONG ranks as number 44. Free Teacher's Guide available (394-21872). --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read July 24 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Cynthia Voigt is an excellent author. You are engrossed in the story from the very first page. But first you must read "the Homecoming" which is the first in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dicey's Song May 20 2004
By andrew
Format:Audio Cassette
This book is about a thirteen year-old girl named Dicey and her brothers James and Sammy and her sister May Beth. Their mother abandoned them when they were all going to the mall. Now they are going to live with their grandmother they have never even met before. She is making new friends at her new school and maturing to a woman. Everything is going perfect! May Beth is finally getting good grades. Then their mom is near death, she is dying in the hospital up north where they have grown up. They take a trip up there to go see how their mother is doing, but they make a wrong turn!!!!! Read the book to see what happens next. I thought this book was okay. There were some boring parts, but there were some real good parts that made up for the boring parts. I strongly recommend you read this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars deceptively simple masterpiece May 6 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The thing I most love about Cynthia Voigt's writing in general, and the Tillerman series in particular, is her understanding of what makes people tick. This is especially evident in this novel, which deservedly won the Newbery Medal. Much of the interest of the story centres around Dicey's development, growth and change, and her attempts to understand people and the relationships between them.
Cynthia Voigt is also unusual among YA writers in her consistent development of the adult characters as complex and real; evading the trap of making them simply foils for the teen protagonist or a catalyst in the story.
A book that can stand on its own as well as part of a series, and one that will be treasured by those who love thoughtful stories about real people.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fine... April 26 2004
By Soupy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
At first when I read this book, I was bored out of my wits. I had to read this book for a school project, which I really didn't want to do. I almost fell asleep during the first 50 pages of the book. But near the end, the plot got a lot better and I enjoyed it more. It was very interesting, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the first book in the Tillerman series. I had many questions, like- Why was the mother mentally ill? How did they get with Gram? etc. But his is a great book that pulls you into the story, especially at the very end. I know I put in 3 stars for this book, but I would rather have put in 3 and a half- I really enjoyed this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bookcrazy Feb. 3 2004
By A Customer
I Loved the book but I kept on getting very confuised at time and I have to go back and reread it. I think the writer could have told the story a bit more discriptive on some the parts.
But other than that I Loved the story
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5.0 out of 5 stars you can't let go of this book Dec 12 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is about a girl named Dicey who also has two brothers and another sister. One day their mother left them in a parking lot and deserted them. Dicey, the oldest, cares for her siblings and they find themselves at Gram's house. Momma never talked much about her, it was an experience they'd never forget. Gram's isn't exactly the hugs and kisses kind of grandmother. Can Dicey handle school? Will she reach out to others? Hold on to her siblings? Let go of Momma? It's a memorable page turner that you can't let go of.
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3.0 out of 5 stars To let go, hold on and reach out Sept. 8 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's simple but you can't put it down easily. It's not so touched but it gives you something.
Dicey, Jame, Maybeth and Sammy find the place to settle and start their life after they had to suffer many things. That's why Dicey said their road had ended here. Here where is a house of their Gram who they never know before. But Gram is the one who take care them after their mother is unable to do this duty. And Gram is also the one who guide Dicey, the oldest granddaughter, how to let go, hold on and reach out till Dicey is ready for the world. Dicey is like the boat that has to be fixed before sail to the ocean. Gram is like sandpaper or any tool that use for fixing. Then, when the boat is strong enough, it's ready for the ocean and for the freedom
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dicey's Song Aug. 19 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dicey's song was a wonderful novel that I enjoyed and loved. The book was mainly about Dicey Tillerman and her three siblings, her grandmother, starting a new life together and how hard letting go can be. As the book went on thirteen year-old Dicey made new friends and got caught up in new relationships and matured into a young lady. Last summer (in book one, Homecoming) Dicey and her family were traveling up to Bridgeport to their aunt Cilia's house. On the way stopping at a mall Dicey and her siblings were abandoned by their mother. From there, they began a long harrowing journey to find their aunt and what happened to their mother. When they arrived, they were surprised in many different ways, and had many questions about their present, past and future.
There were many gripping events that made this book enjoyable and easy to read. I like this book because it was moving and it kept you thinking. An example is when Maybeth was having trouble in school, especially with her reading. James (the smart one) decided to be the hero and helped Maybeth. I thought to myself "Will James succeed in teaching Maybeth how to read?" and he did! That was stimulating. I liked that part because it had me engrossed into the book. Another example is when Dicey and her family received letters from the Boston Hospital about their mom. I thought in my head, "Oh my gosh, what is it, bad news or good news?" I was really worried. Also, when Dicey went to Home Economics class I always was thinking, "What is her teacher going to be annoyed about today?" Her teacher always seemed to be irritated with her. It was really funny and surprising. There were many other unforgettable events in this book that I will remember.
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