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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Revisiting Childhood Reads

If I was going to describe myself to you, I would probably mention that I like to read. I might even call myself an avid reader, but I haven't always been a reader. Honestly, I don't remember reading much as a child. I know I read some because I have some of my old books, but I also remember some titles that made a pretty big impression on me.

Recently I re-read what I would have told you was a favorite book from my childhood.

I picked up Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt, as well as the rest of the books in the Tillerman series, for my oldest daughter to read. She read Homecoming, the first book, and then moved on to Dicey's Song, the second book. She started the third book and then stopped.

I didn't remember much about the actual story, just had this feeling that Dicey's Song was a favorite of mine, so I decided I would re-read them. Homecoming was wonderful, and Dicey's Song was amazing..I cried and cried and realized why this book made an impression on me.

Then I went to my daughter's room to find the third book, A Solitary Blue. It's really good, too, but it leaves the story of Dicey and delves into the story of Jeff, a side character in Dicey's Song. I'm pretty sure I did exactly what my daughter did when I was her age and tried reading it for the first time. I had completely gotten caught up in Dicey's story and wanted it to continue, but then abandoned the book when I realized it wasn't about Dicey.

I've had so much fun re-discovering this author and series of books as an adult and look forward to finally reading the entire series. Both Dicey's Song and A Solitary Blue are Newberry award winners and it's no mystery why. The stories are hard, but beautiful and Ms. Voigt is a wonderful storyteller.

I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday 


  1. These Sound like a wonderful book series! I love the cover art!

  2. I love Cynthia Voight's writing! I've not read some of these and will have to track them down!

  3. I own all the Newbery Award books except a couple of the newest ones. I love going back and reading those childhood classics. Have you read The Trumpeter of Krakow? The Door in the Wall?

    1. I just printed out a list of all the winners since 1922 and am going to make my way through the list - or at least try to. I've not read either of the books you mentioned, but The Door in the Wall is on our list of read alouds for this later this year. We tried listening to the audio version of it, but abandoned it pretty quickly.

  4. I remember reading Homecoming and Dicey's song too. I had no idea there was more in the series. I still have my childhood copies of both.