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.
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