A sister lost.  A body found. The truth buried.

So it comes to this, I remember thinking... it was the day of my sister’s first funeral, and I knew it wasn’t her last — which is why I left. That’s the long and short of it. But surely you’d rather hear the long than the short.
— One Came Home

John Newbery Honor Book

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 Edgar Award Winner for Best Mystery

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China Times Best Book Award (Taiwan)

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A National Public Radio Best Book of the Year • A Washington Post Best Book of the Year • The Horn Book's Recommended Summer Reading • One of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's "10 favorite books of 2013" • A Bookpage Best Book of the Year • A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year • Ingrams' "Top Ten Novels for Kids in 2013" • A Bank Street Best Book of the Year • A 2013 Best-Seller at Boswell Book Company •  BirdWatching Magazine's "Best New Bird Books" • American Birding Association recommends as a great gift for birders! • James Patterson's "Read Kiddo Read" Reading as a "Great Pageturner!

Awards & Honors:  ALSC Notable Children's Book • 2013 Bulletin Blue Ribbon from The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books • Winner of the Society of Midland Authors Award • A New York Public Library's "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing" Title • 2013 Junior Library Guild Selection • A Scholastic Book Clubs Selection • A 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Book (sponsored by The CBC and The National Council for Social Studies) • A Judy Lopez Memorial Honor Book • STATE LISTS: An Outstanding Book by a Wisconsin Author • 2014 Texas Lone Star Reading List Book • A Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award Nominee • On Vermont's Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award List for 2014-2015 • A South-West Iowa Middle School Battle of the Book Selection for 2014-2015 • A 2014 Illinois Reads Book • A Maine Student Book Award List 2014-2015  • Nominated for 2015-2016 The Volunteer State Book Award (Tennessee!) • Nominated for the 2015-2016 William White Children's Book Awards (Kansas!)  • Nominated for the 2016 Grand Canyon Book Award (Arizona!) • On the 2016 Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award List. • A Utah Beehive Book Award Nominee for 2015-2016. • A Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Nominee for 2016!

Starred Reviews in Kirkus, The Horn Book, School Library Journal and The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Seen in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor,The Atlantic WireThe Buffalo News, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, BirdWatching Magazine, Hudson Star-Observer and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Heard on Wisconsin Public Radio

Adapted for the Stage by Lifeline Theatre in Chicago (photos here)

The ONE CAME HOME Audiobook: 

The audiobook got a starred review in the 4/2014 edition of School Library Journal! Here's a snippet: "Georgie's quest, along with the narrator's perfect pacing, will quickly draw readers in..." Go Tara Sands!

Discuss! Discuss! Discuss!

We've got an Activity Kit/Discussion guide for One Came Home. Feel free to download and distribute to anyone and everyone. 

Go local buying my book 

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No bookstores in your neck of the woods, but still determined to buy from a mom and pop-type bookstore? How about one that supports Chicago authors?  In that case, let me loan you a few of my favorites. They're wonderful folks and would love to ship you the book. Here's a list:  

Here are a few bookstores that are outside of Chicago, but who have invited me to come sign at their stores. Support them too!