Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal for Dicey's Song and the Newbery Honor Award for A Solitary Blue, both 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.
crowyhead, July 16, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
I first read this when I was in fourth or fifth grade, and as I recall, I found it rather depressing. There were certain images and moments that really stuck with me, though, so after reading Homecoming (the prequel) for the first time, I thought I'd re-read Dicey's Song and see how I felt about it now. I liked it much, much better this time around. Dicey is a wonderfully tough character who nonetheless has a lot of flaws and vulnerabilities that make her extremely likeable. I really identified with her ambiguity about being 13 and starting to look more like a girl/woman. I think if I'd read this book in seventh grade, I would've taken more away from it than I did when I read it in fifth.
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