One Came Home

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2013 - Juvenile Fiction - 257 pages
14 Reviews
A Newbery Honor Book

An ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book

An Edgar Award Finalist

“An adventure, a mystery, and a love song to the natural world. . . . Run out and read it. Right now.”—Newbery Medalist Karen Cushman


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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User Review  - ewyatt - LibraryThing

While it took me a bit to get into the book, once I got into it I found myself anxious to find out what Georgie would uncover on her journey about her sister, Agatha. When a body is discovered with a ... Read full review

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User Review  - ddbrown201 - LibraryThing

Excellent story about a girl who is told her sister is dead. Even though the body the sheriff brought back looks like her sister, she knows it isn't so she sets off to solve the mystery of what really happened. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

AMY TIMBERLAKE is the author of the Newbery Honor book One Came Home, as well as the middle-grade novel That Girl Lucy Moon and picture book The Dirty Cowboy, winner of the Golden Kite Award. Amy has worked as a book reviewer, columnist, and children's bookseller. She grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, and now lives in Chicago. Visit her at AmyTimberlake.com.


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