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One came home, Amy Timberlake

Label
One came home
Title
One came home
Statement of responsibility
Amy Timberlake
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in, and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters
Writing style
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2014
  • Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile, 2014.
Review
  • Grades 6-9 To find out what really happened to her purportedly dead sister, sharpshooting 13-year-old Georgie Burkhardt and her sister’s one-time suitor Billy McCabe follow the trail of pigeon hunters and discover far worse going on near Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871. Georgie tells her story in a first-person narrative that rings true to the time and place. She is smart, determined, and not a little blind to the machinations of adults around her, including Billy, who has been sent by Georgie’s storekeeper grandfather to follow her and keep her safe. She does notice that Billy is well made, but this is no love story; it’s a story of acceptance, by Georgie, her family, and her small town. Timberlake weaves in the largest passenger pigeon nesting ever seen in North America, drought and fatal fires along Lake Michigan that year, a currency crisis that spawned counterfeiters, and advice on prairie travel from an actual handbook from the times. Historical fiction and mystery combine to make this a compelling adventure, and an afterword helps disentangle facts from fiction. -- Isaacs, Kathleen (Reviewed 12-15-2012) (Booklist, vol 109, number 8, p47)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 5 – 8 — Thirteen-year-old Georgie Burkhardt can shoot better than anyone in Placid, Wisconsin. She can handle accounts and serve customers in her family's general store. What she can't do is accept that the unrecognizable body wearing her older sister's blue-green gown is Agatha. Determined to discover what happened after Agatha abruptly left town with a group of pigeoners, Georgie sets out to follow her route. In return for the loan of a mule, she reluctantly allows Billy McCabe, one of Agatha's suitors, to accompany her. The journey includes a menacing cougar and ruthless counterfeiters, but Georgie's narration offers more than action-packed adventure. She unravels the tangle of events that led to Agatha's sudden departure and acknowledges her own role. By turns humorous and reflective, Georgie's unique and honest voice includes confusion about her feelings for Billy and doubts about her ability to kill even in desperate circumstances. Timberlake seamlessly integrates information about two significant events that occurred in Wisconsin in 1871: the largest recorded nesting of passenger pigeons in spring and devastating firestorms in fall. Georgie's physical and emotional odyssey that occurs between those two events will linger in readers' minds.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato --Kathy Piehl (Reviewed January 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 1, p128)
  • /* Starred Review */ In 1871, in the small town of Placid, Wis., a sister goes missing and a great adventure begins. Disconsolate over the end of a promising courtship, Agatha Burkhardt runs off without so much as a goodbye to her younger sister, Georgie. When the sheriff attempts to locate and retrieve Agatha, he brings home not the vibrant sister that Georgie adores, but an unidentifiable body wearing Agatha's ball gown. Alone in her belief that the body is not her sister's, Georgie sneaks away in the dead of night, determined to retrace Agatha's steps in order to solve the mystery of her disappearance and, she hopes, to bring her home. To Georgie's surprise, she's joined on the journey by her sister's former flame. And what a journey it is, fraught with mountain lions, counterfeiters and marriage proposals. The truly memorable characters and setting--particularly descriptions of the incredible phenomenon of passenger-pigeon nesting and migration--and the gradual unraveling of the mystery of Agatha's disappearance make this one hard to put down. The icing on the cake, though, is Georgie's narration, which is fresh, laugh-out-loud funny and an absolute delight to read. Georgie's story will capture readers' imaginations with the very first sentences and then hold them hostage until the final page is turned. (Historical fiction. 9-12)(Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10167875
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Timberlake, Amy
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
690
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PZ7.T479
LC item number
One 2012
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Missing persons
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Shooters of firearms
  • Counterfeits and counterfeiting
  • Wisconsin
  • Missing persons
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Sharpshooters
  • Counterfeits and counterfeiting
  • Wisconsin
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
One came home, Amy Timberlake
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Borzoi Book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
257 p.
Isbn
9780375969256
Isbn Type
(library binding)
Lccn
2011037095
System control number
(OCoLC)761334660
Label
One came home, Amy Timberlake
Publication
Note
"A Borzoi Book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
257 p.
Isbn
9780375969256
Isbn Type
(library binding)
Lccn
2011037095
System control number
(OCoLC)761334660

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