Book - 1981
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Publisher: New York : Fawcett Juniper, c1981.
ISBN: 9780449700891
Characteristics: 312 p.


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Aug 04, 2020

Homecoming is a fictional story by Cynthia Voigt about four kids left on their own as they try to reconsider the true meaning of ‘home’. It all started when the kids, Dicey, Maybeth, James, and Sammy were left abandoned in the parking lot in front of a store. They waited for hours, hoping that their mother would be okay, but ultimately decided that they were left behind. The four kids travelled long distances while feeding on cheap foods Dicey earned through jobs. One day, they found a relative and moved into her house, but with certain guidelines they had to follow. The Tillerman children felt uncomfortable and disappointed with the lack of warmth they were receiving, and left off once again. Ultimately, the children learned that a structural house is not their home, but where they feel safe and satisfied.
This book contained a few inappropriate scenes, so I would recommend ages 13 and up to read it. Essentially, this story taught readers that new and unexpected events will happen in life, and to never give up because you feel lost. Voigt wrote about the real definition of ‘home’, where readers can decide whether it is where their family is, or if it is where they feel warmth. Homecoming is an original and meaningful story, and I would give it four stars.

Jun 05, 2019

Read Homecoming first, then Dicey's Song. Just sayin'. Homecoming and Dicey's Song are like two parts of the same book. Homecoming is part gritty road story, part exploration of what connects and divides a group of young siblings. Dicey's Song delves more into the intricacies of connection--to people and places. Subtle books capture the way an introvert perceives and thinks about the world. Oh, and Voigt is funny...New-England-dry but laugh-aloud funny. I re-read these books from time to time.

Apr 11, 2018

Homecoming is an amazing book

JCLAyahA Feb 01, 2018

Describes travails of children, their unhealthy and unrealistic reaction to abandonment, and a resolution that involves the young protagonist seeking help from prying college boys who (horrifyingly) turn out to be very innocent and helpful and offer to put up the children in their dorm room. Realistic fiction indeed. I read it almost a decade ago, to be fair, but that's what I remember. I'm all for heavy material and character development; when it's honest and sensitive. This book, however, is a mess of equivocation and bad technique. Personally, I don't find it to be a good fit for children.

Nov 27, 2012

I probably read this book half a dozen times when I was a kid, and this is the second time I’ve owned it. Oh god, that was twenty years ago. When I was a teenager I sold most of the books I’d acquired when I was younger, but I wish I had been a bit more judicious with my Cynthia Voigts. A ragtag group of children making it on their own with their smarts and their budgeting skills, I still love it!

Reading Homecoming again has made me excited to revisit Cynthia Voigt. Can’t wait to pick up Jackaroo again!

Apr 05, 2011

Homecomming is simply about four children trying to find their place in the world. They go through so much over the course of the book, and yes it is a bit slow but entiarly worth reading. I own my own copy, have read it twice now, and know that I will read it again.

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Oct 22, 2017

lhshapiro thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Nov 03, 2013

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Jun 07, 2013

Four kids, with Dicey being the oldest, cares for her family. Across several states, sleeping in parks and trees, where ever they cannot be seen. There are times when the only thing they have to eat is a loaf of bread for two days. An AMAZING story of courage and determination.


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