Homecoming and Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt are some of my childhood favorites.
James, Maybeth, and Sammy Tillerman's momma left them in the car while
she went into a shopping mall. They were on their way from Provincetown,
Massachusetts to Bridgeport, Connecticut, to stay with a relative. But
the hours passed, and Momma never came back. Dicey knew that she had to
do something -- something to keep the family together. If she went to
the police, would they be split up and sent to foster homes? It was a
risk she didn't want to take. So, Dicey and her younger siblings set out
on the long walk to Bridgeport, hoping that Momma would somehow find
her way there. But even Bridgeport may not be the home they had hoped
for, and their journey might take them even further away, to Crisfield,
Maryland, and the grandmother they didn't even know they had.
That's the story of Homecoming:
how brave, resourceful Dicey, brainy James, sweet Maybeth, and stubborn
Sammy make their way to a place that they all can call home. In Dicey's Song,
the children are learning their way in a new place, and it's not an
easy transition for any of them. And then, of course, there's Momma, who
is at a hospital far away in New England, who may never get better.
Dicey and her siblings have found a home, but now they have to find a
way to be, to belong.
I've loved these books for years. The story
of the Tillerman family is so rich, so bittersweet. Voigt just nails it
on so many levels: the interactions between the characters, the way she
describes the hardships of the journey without ever making the story
drag, the descriptions of food and music and simple pleasures. These are
books that I can revisit again and again.
(Reviewed from my personally purchased copies.)