The sixth book in Cynthia Voigt's acclaimed Tillerman Series, about Dicey Tillerman and her family, where Dicey's brothers Sam and James hunt for their father. Six years have passed since James and Sammy Tillerman came with their sisters Dicey and Maybeth to live with their grandmother. They have grown up as very different individuals -- James, ...
The sixth book in Cynthia Voigt's acclaimed Tillerman Series, about Dicey Tillerman and her family, where Dicey's brothers Sam and James hunt for their father. Six years have passed since James and Sammy Tillerman came with their sisters Dicey and Maybeth to live with their grandmother. They have grown up as very different individuals -- James, the shy intellectual dreamer at 15, and Sammy, 12, the handsome, boisterous doer of the family. James begins to ask questions about their father. Who was he? Why did he leave? He and Sammy begin a quest to track their father down, through the streets of Annapolis and among the seedy dockside bars of Baltimore, and learn more about themselves in consequence. A strong, emotional story about young adults discovering who they are and what they are capable of. It builds on characters already loved and admired from the first book in the Tillerman series, Homecoming.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-09-23 This installment of the Tillerman saga (begun in Homecoming) focuses on the Tillerman brothers' search for the father who abandoned them; PW said the work "rings with truth and compassion." Ages 12-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1987-08-14 Anyone unfamiliar with the Tillerman familywritten about in Homecoming, Dicey's Song, the recent Come a Stranger and other titlescan begin with this one, a probing story about a quiet boy who ennobles himself simply by being himself and his seemingly straightforward brother, who both takes and inspires action. James Tillerman is 15 now, and Sammy, 12, although the older boy is small for his age and the younger brother large for his. ``Things were so simple for Sammy, clear and simple,'' Voigt writes, but James's refrain is more complicated, for he begins so many sentences with ``Do you ever wonder . . . ?'' He wants to find their father and understand why the man never claimed them, never wanted to see who they were. What he and Sammy discover, in a dank bar where merchant sailors hang out, is that their father cheats almost everyone he meets: their mother of marriage, fellow sailors of money, his children of company, love, supportand (but only if they let him) even of dignity. A complex story of the ways in which people piece themselves togetherwith or in spite of their backgroundsVoigt's book rings with truth and compassion. Ages 12-up. (September) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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