John Newbery Honor Book

Edgar Award Winner for Best MysterY

 China Times Best Book Award

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

Everyone assumes the worst when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentified body wearing Agatha's blue-green dress. 

Except her sister, Georgie. Refusing to believe the facts that are laid down (and coffined) before her, Georgie sets out on a journey to find her sister. She will track every last clue and shred of evidence to bring Agathat home. Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie is not prepared for what she faces on the western frontier. 

From Amy Timberlake comes a journey filled with adventure and mystery -- set against the thunderous beating wings of wild pigeons.  


I just spent the morning with the prickly, feisty, outspoken, altogether splendid Georgie Burkhardt of Amy Timberlake’s terrific new novel, One Came Home. The book is an adventure, a mystery, and a love song to the natural world. I didn’t get out of bed until I had finished the delicious last page: “I say let all the earth by alive and overwhelmingly so...Let me feel how I bump up against every other living thing on this earth. Let me learn to spin.’ Run out and read it. Right now.
— Karen Cushman, Newbery Medalist

 One Came HomE begins like this...

Chapter One

So it comes to this, I remember thinking on Wednesday, June 7, 1871. The date sticks in my mind because it was the day of my sister's first funeral and I knew it wasn't her last -- which was why I left. That's the long and short of it. 

But surely, you'd rather hear the long than the short.

(Read the full excerpt here.) 

Discussion Guide

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Adapted for stage

Lifeline theatre (Chicago, IL)

Newbery honor Weekend

American Library Association (Las vegas, Nv)

What a surprise and what an honor! It also gave me an opportunity to meet so many educators, librarians and passionate readers. Wow! I tell you, this event was pure pleasure.

What follows is a photo spread I made of the event, and two videos I made for the ALA Newbery Banquet. Enjoy! 

Which Newbery books have influenced your writing?

What was it like to get 'the call?' 

Edgar Award Ceremony

Mystery Writers of America (New york city, NY)

I spotted Bill Cunningham, hung out with a lot of writers (a treat!) and met the all the talented people at Random House/Knopf that worked on One Came Home. I loved this event! (Click on the starling for the award announcement video.)

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