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Mina's deep love for a grown-up minister drives her to seek a way to give him an unforgettable remembrance, restoration of his faith.

Mina's deep love for a grown-up minister drives her to seek a way to give him an unforgettable remembrance, restoration of his faith.

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Overview

Mina's deep love for a grown-up minister drives her to seek a way to give him an unforgettable remembrance, restoration of his faith.

Mina's deep love for a grown-up minister drives her to seek a way to give him an unforgettable remembrance, restoration of his faith.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A young African American dancer struggles with racism and discrimination at dance camp, then falls in love with a family man. Ages 12-up. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up Mina Smiths, whom many readers will remember from Dicey's Song (Atheneum, 1982), takes center stage in this addition to the Tillerman saga and holds it with energy and spirit. The story takes her from age 10 to 15, following her from a youthful dancer, full of herself and her ambitions, to a wise and realistic young woman. The key to her growth is Tamer Shipp, a young pastor who drives her home from the station once she leaves the dance camp from which she has been dismissed, perhaps because puberty has harmed her talents, perhaps because she is black. When Tamer's honesty and understanding help her through the first pain, she begins to love him, forming a relationship which will be central to her perceptions of the world around her for the ensuing three summers. There is little plot here, but the story moves well, with the theme, Mina's changing view of the world and her place in it as a young black woman, carrying it in a rich current. The events are seen through Mina's eyes, as are the characters who, nonetheless, emerge with strong identities of their own. In the last third of the book, the Tillermans come into focus as Mina learns about Bullet (The Runner Atheneum, 1985) from Tamer, who loved and hated him. It is her relationship with the Tillermans and with Tamer which brings the story to its climax, as Mina finds a way to complete the circle, bringing a measure of peace to all. Voigt tells her story smoothly, getting inside of Mina's perceptions easily and believably. To catch the resonance of the story, it would be helpful to have read the earlier books about the Tillermans, although, except for minor lapses in character description and incident, this does stand well on its own. Voigt permits readers to know her characters in a way they rarely know people in real life. Christine Behrmann, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689312892
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1986
  • Series: Tillerman Cycle Series , #5
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal for Dicey’s Song, the Newbery Honor Award for A Solitary Blue, and the National Book Award Honor for Homecoming, all part of the beloved Tillerman cycle. She is also the author of many other celebrated books for middle-grade and teen readers, including Izzy, Willy-Nilly and Jackaroo. She was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1995 for her work in literature, and the Katahdin Award in 2004. She lives in Maine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2006

    One of her bests

    Voight does an amazing job on Come A stranger. This book showed the struggles of a young girl and how she over came and lived with them. You have to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2001

    Cynthia Does It Again

    This book was great! This was almost as good as Homecoming. This definitly is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2000

    PHENOMENAL

    Come a Stranger is a strong, beautifully written novel. Changing the focus from Dicey to her first friend, Mina, I truly learned a lot from this book about commitment, true love, connections between strangers, talent, and a struggling African-AMerican girl coming of age in a turbulent world. It was phenomenally touching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2000

    I read it for school- then I loved it!!!

    I read it to recieve points for my English class. I finished the book just loving this writer. She expresses everything so well! I loved this book!

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