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ISBN13: 9780375869259
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A Newbery Honor Book

An ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book

Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Novel

“An adventure, a mystery, and a love song to the natural world. . . . Run out and read it. Right now.”—Newbery Medalist Karen Cushman

In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly.

But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn't, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of "pigeoners" trailing the passenger pigeon migration. And when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentifiable body—wearing Agatha's blue-green ball gown—everyone assumes the worst. Except Georgie. Refusing to believe the facts that are laid down (and coffined) before her, Georgie sets out on a journey to find her sister. She will track every last clue and shred of evidence to bring Agatha home. Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie is not prepared for what she faces on the western frontier.

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“An adventure, a mystery, and a love song to the natural world. . . . Run out and read it. Right now.”—Newbery Medalist Karen Cushman

In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly.

But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn't, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of "pigeoners" trailing the passenger pigeon migration. And when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentifiable body—wearing Agatha's blue-green ball gown—everyone assumes the worst. Except Georgie. Refusing to believe the facts that are laid down (and coffined) before her, Georgie sets out on a journey to find her sister. She will track every last clue and shred of evidence to bring Agatha home. Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie is not prepared for what she faces on the western frontier.

About the Author

AMY TIMBERLAKE won the Golden Kite Award for her picture book The Dirty Cowboy. Her first novel for children, That Girl Lucy Moon, was named a Bank Street Best Children's Book, an Amelia Bloomer Book, and the winner of the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. Amy has worked as a book reviewer, columnist, and children's bookseller.

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LuKay, March 20, 2013 (view all comments by LuKay)
A BOOKPAGE review compared this book to TRUE GRIT and that is the very phrase that came to my mind as I devoured this book. A sky-blackening flight of passenger pigeons and a sister-seeking journey of a young female sharpshooter star in this story set in 1871 Wisconsin. This tale is a must for historical fiction lovers of any age and a perfect introduction of that genre to developing readers.
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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
Lately it seems most of the books I have been reading for young readers ages 9 to 12 have taken place in modern times and dealt with modern issues. Which is one of the reasons why I was happy to pick up One Came Home by Amy Timberlake, a historical novel set in Wisconsin in 1871. Timberlake’s tale reminded me of what I like so much about stories set in other times��"their ability to transport me to an age that no longer exists and learn about what life was like for the people then. Often the issues have meaning in modern times even if the details of those issues don’t.

One Came Home tells the story of Georgie, who at 13 years old expects that when she grows up she will take over running the general store her family owns and settle into life in the tiny town of Placid. She doesn’t understand why her older sister Agatha doesn’t have the same dream. Agatha loves books and would like to go to the university at Madison.

When Agatha runs off, the sheriff sent to find her returns with an unidentifiable body in Agatha’s dress. While everyone else believes Agatha is dead, Georgie refuses to think so, and she sets off on a journey of her own to find her sister.

To solve the mystery about her sister, Georgie will have to draw upon her ability to get people to open up to her as well as her skill with shooting a rifle. In the end, she learns a lot about herself as well as many people around her.

Underlying Georgie’s story is the historical event of one of the largest passenger pigeon nestings in the U.S. It really happened in Wisconsin in 1871, and Timberlake effortlessly weaves facts about this phenomenon in with Georgie’s life. It’s all the more fascinating as passenger pigeons are now extinct.

Some of the problems in the book arise because communications were not instant in the 1870s as they are today, and crime forensics was not advanced. Comparing the two eras and how they may have produced a different story would be a good topic for discussion. Georgie also learns a lot during the story as she begins to see situations from others viewpoints as well as her own. This would also make a good topic of conversation in a book club.

One Came Home brought out issues of family trust, loyalty and fierce determination while immersing me in a bygone era. I highly recommend it for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 9 to 12.

The author provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375869259
Author:
Timberlake, Amy
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 19th Century
Subject:
historical fiction;mystery;wisconsin;sisters;adventure;19th century;pigeons;fiction;missing persons;death;newbery honor;counterfeiters;family;pioneer life;sharpshooters;counterfeiting
Subject:
historical fiction;mystery;wisconsin;sisters;pigeons;adventure;19th century;missing persons;fiction;death;newbery honor;counterfeiters;family;newbery;pioneer life;sharpshooters;counterfeiting
Subject:
historical fiction;mystery;wisconsin;sisters;fiction;adventure;pigeons;19th century;missing persons;death;counterfeiters;newbery honor;family;newbery;counterfeiting;ya;pioneer life;sharpshooters
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 8
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.51 x 5.86 x 1.09 in 0.83 lb
Age Level:
from 9 up to 13

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"Synopsis" by , “An adventure, a mystery, and a love song to the natural world. . . . Run out and read it. Right now.”—Newbery Medalist Karen Cushman

In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly.

But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn't, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of "pigeoners" trailing the passenger pigeon migration. And when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentifiable body—wearing Agatha's blue-green ball gown—everyone assumes the worst. Except Georgie. Refusing to believe the facts that are laid down (and coffined) before her, Georgie sets out on a journey to find her sister. She will track every last clue and shred of evidence to bring Agatha home. Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie is not prepared for what she faces on the western frontier.

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