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"