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Mina's deep love for a grown-up minister drives her to seek a way to give him an unforgettable remembrance, restoration of his faith.

About the Author

Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal for Dicey’s Song, the Newbery Honor Award for A Solitary Blue, and the National Book Award Honor for Homecoming, all part of the beloved Tillerman cycle. She is also the author of many other celebrated books for middle grade and teen readers, including Izzy, Willy-Nilly and Jackaroo. She was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1995 for her work in literature, and the Katahdin Award in 2004. She lives in Maine.

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crowyhead, February 2, 2010 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is a warm, contemplative, and moving novel. Like most of the other books in the "Tillerman series" (which starts with the excellent Homecoming, this book could stand on its own easily, but gains even more depth and emotional resonance when one has read the previous novels in the cycle.

This book centers on Mina Smiths, who readers of Dicey's Song will remember as the young black woman who decides she's going to be Dicey's friend, come hell or high water. It fleshes out Mina's family and gives her a background that is well worth reading about.

When Mina goes to dance camp and realizes that she is the only black girl there, she begins to question her identity and her place in the world. Voigt follows her through several years as she grows into a strong, confident, and questioning young woman with the help of friends like Tamer Shipp (the visiting summer preacher) and eventually Dicey and her family. The book raises the issues of what it means to be black and a black woman very forthrightly, but not in a way that feels overly pedagogical; there are many thoughtful conversations that explore these issues, but always in a way that seems natural rather than preachy.

Despite this being one of those books where "nothing really happens" in terms of action, I found myself so sucked into Mina's world that I had trouble putting the book down, even when company came over.

The only real critique I have of it is that Voigt does not make it very clear what time period the book is set in. It was published in 1986, but since the majority of the events take place prior to the events in Homecoming (which came out in 1981), one can place it somewhere in the late 70's, which makes sense. It just struck me that many readers, especially those who have not read Voigt's other works, might not be able to pick up on these cues, and it feels like a bit of a failing on Voigt's part not to make it a little more clear.
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this book was the most awesome book i've read all month i love it and would read it over and over again plz people if u read it i am promising u guys u will love it
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Product Details

Voigt, Cynthia
Simon Pulse
New York :
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Mystery and detective stories
African Americans
General Juvenile Fiction
African American girls
Children s-General
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Edition Description:
Tillerman Cycle
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
November 1995
Grade Level:
from 7
7 x 4.19 in 4.445 oz
Age Level:
from 12

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