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Dicey's song
by Cynthia Voigt.
Contributor biographical information
New York : Atheneum, 1982.
196 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


Sequel to: Homecoming.
Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and courage.

Best Books:

Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education; California

Awards, Honors, Prizes:

John Newbery Medal, 1983 Winner Grade 7 up United States

State and Provincial Reading Lists:

Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 1986 ; Nominee; Colorado
Flicker Tale Children's Book Award, 1987 ; Nominee; Juvenile Fiction; North Dakota

Reading Measurement Programs:

Accelerated Reader" "
Interest Level Middle Grade" "
Book Level 5" "
Accelerated Reader Points 11" "
Accelerated Vocabulary, Literacy Skills" "

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 5
Title Point Value 17
Lexile Measure 710


Snow (BookHive (
Thirteen-year-old Dicey manages to keep her young brothers James and Sammy, and younger sister Maybeth together after their mother abandons them. She walks all of them to their grandmotherís and finds them a new home. But now Dicey has to adjust to a new town, a new school, and, most of all, to not being in charge. Can she ever learn to let go and let others help her? Find out in this riveting story. Category: Award Books; Classics; Realistic Fiction. Grade Level: Intermediate (4th-6th grade). 1982, Antheneum. Ages 9 to 12.

Ann Philips (Children's Literature)
In the second book of Voigt's "Tillerman family" cycle, Dicey and her younger brothers and sister settle in with their grandmother on a stark homestead by the Chesapeake Bay. Their mother remains unresponsive in a Boston psychiatric hospital. Dicey is confused about where she fits into the family now that Gram has taken over responsibility for the youngsters, but she soon learns that the family still needs her resourcefulness and solid good sense. Dicey and Gram steady one another as each reaches out, breaking Tillerman tradition. Gram is a hard, proud woman who has lived to regret her isolation and the scattering of her children. Gram makes overtures to town folk and her world expands. Dicey tries to remain aloof at school, but neither Jeff the musician nor the forceful Mina relents until Dicey allows them into her circle of caring. In her spare time, Dicey is restoring a derelict sailboat, meticulously sanding down layers of old paint. Metaphorically, her emotional defenses wear away as she slowly opens to hope, friendship, expressive writing, and finally to an acceptance of her mother's death. When Gram and Dicey bring her mother's ashes home, the broken family is nearly healed. Written in fine, spare prose, this outstanding Newbery Medal winner belongs in every school and community library collection. Readers will be eager to pick up the rest of the series. 2003 (orig. 1982), Aladdin/Simon and Schuster, $5.99. Ages 10 to 14.


Brothers and sisters--Fiction.
Family life--Fiction.
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) PZ7.V874 Di 1982
82003882 [Fic]
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