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  • Library Binding: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Sept. 1 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689309449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689309441
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,817,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By A Customer on Aug. 18 2003
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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By A Customer on Aug. 5 2003
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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By Amanda Loh on July 28 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dicey's Song is a depressing story about a thirteen year old girl who must learn how necessary it is to let go. Her mother is faced with a mental illness and Dicey is left as the caretaker of the rest of the Tillerman family. When her grandmother adopts the four Tillermans, Dicey discovers that she no longer has to take care of her three younger siblings. She makes new friends and relationships as she begins to relax and enjoy life as a thirteen year old girl. As she slowly adapts to her new way of life, Dicey and her grandmother rush to Boston. What's wrong? Is her mother's condition getting worse? Is she ready to come home? Dicey's worries come back and she must face the overwhelming pain of letting go.
I recommend this book to anyone. Dicey's Song is an easy read and it teaches people to live their life to the fullest. The past should not interfere with the present or the future. People should learn from the past and use their knowledge to better their lives in the future.
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What is the best way to raise and protect your family of 3 younger siblings, while tryng to establish a rapport of love and trust with your crusty grandmother? These are some of the challenges facing 13-year-old Dicey Tillerman, who has brought her brood to rest permanently (?) with long-lost Gram. But it is
hard for her to surrender her role of Facilitator for them all, after spending months on the road like fugitives that past summer in HOMECOMING.
Of course Dicey must deal with normal problems as well: budding womanhood, a new school,
demanding teachers, kids who might want to become friends, when
she would prefer to function alone. How can she handle all this pressure, since she has not had the luxury of responsive or responsible adult role models? Sammy suddenly gets into fights at school and Maybeth's teacher is concerned that she may have a learning disability. All these issues delay Dicey in the execution of her dream project: to sand and sail an old boat she has found in the barn. Will feisty Gram ever come around and act like she truly loves the Tillerman kids--or does she even like them? Are they a too painful reminder of her own vanished offpspring?
How many strangers should Dicey permit to enter their lives, for she is used to keeping the world at bay. It fell to Dicey alone to shepherd them from a Massachusetts mall (where their mentally-disturbed mother had abandoned them)
down to Connecticut and thence to Virgina's Chesapeake Bay. How
can she bear to give up the social and emotional power that was abruptly thrust into her hands at a tender age? How will Gram--with her reputation for being crazy--react to these lively youngsters and their new problems, which may remind her of the painful past?
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