Sons from Afar [NOOK Book]

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Will a common cause unite two brothers—or drive them further apart? Find out in the sixth installment of Cynthia Voigt’s Tillerman cycle.

If James and Sammy Tillerman agree on anything, it’s that they have nothing in common. Sammy is a tough jock, while James is an intellectual who has begun to question his identity. Then James enlists his brother’s help to find Francis ...
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Overview

Will a common cause unite two brothers—or drive them further apart? Find out in the sixth installment of Cynthia Voigt’s Tillerman cycle.

If James and Sammy Tillerman agree on anything, it’s that they have nothing in common. Sammy is a tough jock, while James is an intellectual who has begun to question his identity. Then James enlists his brother’s help to find Francis Verricker, who may be the father who deserted them long ago. Through this quest, the brothers learn more about themselves than they thought possible.

Cynthia Voigt writes realistically of human failure—and triumph—in this poignant novel from her acclaimed Tillerman cycle.

Six years after coming to live with their grandmother, James and Sammy Tillerman go in search of their long-lost father.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This installment of the Tillerman saga (begun in Homecoming) focuses on the Tillerman brothers' search for the father who abandoned them; PW said the work "rings with truth and compassion." Ages 12-up. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 6-8 In this continuation of the Tillerman saga, the focus is on brothers James and Sammy. Always the questioner, James is determined to find the father he never knew. His main objective is to see if his own character traits, especially his intelligence, which sets him apart, are inherited from this shadowy figure from the past. Reluctantly, Sammy joins in on the search, which is made more difficult because they do not confide in Gram, nor older sister Dicey, who is away at college. Readers are drawn into the hunt, hoping that the merchant seaman father is found, yet fearing what kind of man he will turn out to be. (Those familiar with Voigt's Runner Atheneum, 1985 already have an idea.) Voigt is wise to make the search inconclusive; it ends at a waterfront bar in a fight with ex-associates of their father. Yet the story itself comes to a conclusion, for James has found himself and has at least become more comfortable with his unique qualities. The theme of fatherhood is woven throughout the narrative, including Greek myths and the fathers of friends. And while the search is the main element in this story, Voigt allows her characters to pursue other interests along the way. Readers who are not familiar with the earlier Tillerman novels, such as Homecoming (1981) and Dicey's Song (1982, both Atheneum), will have no problem finding their place in this story, as Voigt fills in enough of the background to cover any questions. However, they will no doubt be motivated to go back to the earlier episodes to become further acquainted with these characters who have remained marvelously consistent under Voigt's hand. Just as James' search drives him to the conclusion, so will readers be compelled to stay with his story from start to finish. Susan Schuller, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442489189
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 2/19/2013
  • Series: Tillerman Cycle Series , #6
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 291,952
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

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 November 26, 2002

    Two Very Different brothers

    This book was very interesting to me. One, when the boys went in search of their father, they were completely assisted by another, something the Tillermans don't usually do. Two, the book was very tricky in that it started and while you thought, similiar to other Cynthia Voigt books, that there would be many more obstacles. To me, it ended quickly. Taking this into account, I would give this book four stars because it is still a nicely written story about two brothers who are complete opposites of each other and who, together, head off in search of their father who left them years before their mother did.Over all, it is another one of my favorites from the amazing Cynthia Voigt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2000

    A good book.

    Sons from afar is a good, but not great, book. It's good, and it has a fantastic beginning. It's about James and Sammy, and how they are getting on. James and Sammy both have problems, and they both envy their brother. This book tells a little about Dicey and Maybeth, but very little. Still, Voigt made a wonderful book out of only the boys. The end was a little confusing, but it was great, too. The middle sagged a tad, but other than that, it was great and it would have gotten 5 stars, not 4.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Toxin

    *apds in*

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