One Came Home: Book summary and reviews of One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

One Came Home

By Amy Timberlake

One Came Home
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2013,
    272 pages.
    Age range: Young Adult


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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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"Starred Review. Timberlake seamlessly integrates information about two significant events that occurred in Wisconsin in 1871… Georgie's physical and emotional odyssey that occurs between those two events will linger in readers' minds." - School Library Journal

"Starred Review…it's Georgie's voice that really brings the story to life, with its original, folksy turns of phrase and self-deprecating humor that make it as entertaining to read as a Christopher Paul Curtis novel." - The Horn Book

"Starred Review. Georgie's story will capture readers' imaginations with the very first sentences and then hold them hostage until the final page is turned." - Kirkus Reviews

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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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