Great reviews in Booklist & VOYA!


Got word today about these two reviews! 

(I've never been in VOYA before -- that's a real treat!)

Here you go:


"Thirteen-year-old Georgie’s world is upended when her beloved older sister, Agatha, runs away after Georgie tells her sister’s fiancé something she has accidentally seen and assumes to understand. When the town sheriff tries to catch up with Agatha, he returns with an unidentifiable body wearing her sister’s distinctive handmade ball gown. Although her family is convinced it is Agatha, Georgie refuses to believe her sister is dead, and sets out on the frontier, determined to find her and rectify the terrible situation she feels she instigated. This premise sets the stage for a unique historical novel set during a massive and largely forgotten 1871 wild passenger pigeon migration in southern Wisconsin. Georgie Burkhardt is a scrappy and likable heroine, a straight-shooter, with her rifle as well as with her mouth. Part western, part mystery, with plenty adventure and a touch of romance, One Came Home will be enjoyed by readers of many genres and remembered for its setting and the unusual natural phenomenon it brings to life. Ages 11 to 14.--Elaine Gass Hirsch"


"Timberlake, Amy (Author) Jan. 2013. 272 p. Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover, $16.99 (9780375869259). Alfred A. Knopf, library edition, $19.99. (9780375969256).

To find out what really happened to her purportedly dead sister, sharpshooting 13-year-old Georgie Burkhardt and her sister’s one-time suitor Billy McCabe follow the trail of pigeon hunters and discover far worse going on near Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871. Georgie tells her story in a first-person narrative that rings true to the time and place. She is smart, determined, and not a little blind to the machinations of adults around her, including Billy, who has been sent by Georgie’s storekeeper grandfather to follow her and keep her safe. She does notice that Billy is “well made,” but this is no love story; it’s a story of acceptance, by Georgie, her family, and her small town. Timberlake weaves in the largest passenger pigeon nesting her seen in North America, drought and fatal fires along Lake Michigan that year, a currency crisis that spawned counterfeiters, and advice on prairie travel form an actual handbook from the times. Historical fiction and mystery combine to make this a compelling adventure, and an afterword helps disentangle facts from fiction."

Great, great news! YAY!

3rd Starred Review! School Library Journal!


Wow! Really? Good gravy!

I'm really happy about this. I'd like this book to get out into the world and find readers. School Library Journal reaches out to -- well, as they say in their no nonsense title -- school libraries. School libraries are places full of teachers, children and lots and lots of readers. 

There's a big grin on my face. Yay!

I know you want to read the review, and here it is: 

"TIMBERLAKE, Amy. One Came Home. 250p. bibliog. further reading. Knopf. Jan. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86925-9; PLB $19.99. ISBN 978-0-375-96925-6; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98934-6. LC 2011037095.

Gr 5-8–Thirteen-year-old Georgie Burkhardt can shoot better than anyone in Placid, Wisconsin. She can handle accounts and serve customers in her family’s general store. What she can’t do is accept that the unrecognizable body wearing her older sister’s blue-green gown is Agatha. Determined to discover what happened after Agatha abruptly left town with a group of pigeoners, Georgie sets out to follow her route. In return for the loan of a mule, she reluctantly allows Billy McCabe, one of Agatha’s suitors, to accompany her. The journey includes a menacing cougar and ruthless counterfeiters, but Georgie’s narration offers more than action-packed adventure. She unravels the tangle of events that led to Agatha’s sudden departure and acknowledges her own role. By turns humorous and reflective, Georgie’s unique and honest voice includes confusion about her feelings for Billy and doubts about her ability to kill even in desperate circumstances. Timberlake seamlessly integrates information about two significant events that occurred in Wisconsin in 1871: the largest recorded nesting of passenger pigeons in spring and devastating firestorms in fall. Georgie’s physical and emotional odyssey that occurs between those two events will linger in readers’ minds.–Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato"