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!