One Came Home

One Came Home

by Amy Timberlake


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375873454
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 124,045
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

AMY TIMBERLAKE is the author of the Newbery Honor book One Came Home, as well as the middle-grade novel That Girl Lucy Moon and picture book The Dirty Cowboy, winner of the Golden Kite Award. Amy has worked as a book reviewer, columnist, and children's bookseller. She grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, and now lives in Chicago. Visit her at

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Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, February 2013:
“With its historical backdrop, enjoyable narrative, and endearing heroine, this will appeal both to fans of Philbrick’s The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg and Kelly’s The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.”

Starred Review, School Library Journal, January 2013:
“Timberlake seamlessly integrates information about two significant events that occurred in Wisconsin in 1871… Georgie’s physical and emotional odyssey that occurs between those two events will linger in readers’ minds.”

Starred Review, The Horn Book, January/February 2013:
“…it’s Georgie’s voice that really brings the story to life, with its original, folksy turns of phrase and self-deprecating humor that make it as entertaining to read as a Christopher Paul Curtis novel.”

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2012:
“Georgie's story will capture readers' imaginations with the very first sentences and then hold them hostage until the final page is turned.”

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One Came Home 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
merlyn63 More than 1 year ago
This is one mystery set in Wisconsin's history that you don't want to miss. I started it and could not put it down . The main character could be a spunky teenage of the world today even though the setting is 1871. I never thought I would end up loving a book about pigeons, but I did!!! Amy Timberlake is an author I will want to keep on my list of authors to follow. Her writing style welcomes the reader and invites you to stay and read a while.
Ritaroja More than 1 year ago
From the very first paragraph, a mystery drives the plot of One Came Home: is Agatha Burkhardt still alive? Embarking on an adventure to  prove that she is, her 13-year-old sister, Georgie, ends up facing not only a host of challenges, but also herself. More Caddie Woodlawn than Jason Bourne, Georgie is a heroine we can relate to, both strong and vulnerable, smart and questioning. In her quest for the truth about her sister, Georgie learns a lot about herself and what she believes. Set in Wisconsin in 1871, just a few years after the end of the Civil War and during the great passenger pigeon migration, One Came Home is a beautifully written novel that draws one in with interesting historic detail, poetic images, suspense, deep feeling and a good dose of humor. Despite the dead body at the beginning, the story never becomes too heavy as Georgie faces the world with wit and grit and sheds her fears and burdens along the way. I can highly recommend this book to anyone who likes good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is very good book.
BooksAreMyLifeSS More than 1 year ago
A wondeful mystery/adventure story. Exceptional writing. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book even when i read the reviews and summary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wene your reding one came home you wodet wont to pot it down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a great book youll never want to put it down fir evev on second
Librarian_Bo More than 1 year ago
A wonderful blend of mystery, history, and adventure. I have now included it on my list of top ten mysteries for 5th graders to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heart warming you don't want to put it down.
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lulabell67 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for my kids' school library (K-6) hoping it would appeal to the 4-6 grade children. I tried skimming it first to make sure it would be appropriate for the age level but almost immediately got sucked into the story and found myself staying up late to finish it! It's an action-packed read whose epicenter seems to be the migration of the carrier pigeons (unexpectedly fascinating!) with a very spunky young girl's story swirling around it all. I finished the book and eagerly highlighted it in our school library. It was quickly checked-out and it's received very positive feedback from the 4-6 grade girls although it will also appeal to boys of the same age (counterfitting operations and a tastefully handled murder mystery). I recommend this as an entertaining and educational read for people 4th grade and beyond!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tell me if its any good for a 12 year old guy, reply to SHAW
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes when I picked this book up. I'm disapointed that I didn't like it. First off, the characters were stale, under developed, and just plain unlikeable. The plot, which was supposed to be fairly straight forward, (girl goes on a journey to look for her sister), quickly got confused and ended up going down a completely different path than it was originally supposed to, turning into a conflict with counterfitters. There was too much of a focus on the long flashback scenes, which were so frequent that I couldn't remember what had been happening in the present when it finally cut back to the main story. The main conflict in the novel (finding Agatha) was hurriedly resolved at the end of the book in a short, brief way that didn't give it the approprite attention it deserved, but there was a big scene at the end involving the counterfitters. It was like the author got distracted with an idea for another story and started writing it into the middle of this one. Imagine taking the beginning of one story and the middle of another, smashing them together, and then trying to write an ending that connected the conflicts in both books while resolving the events that occured, and you'll have an idea of what this book is like.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So amy visitid our skool sometime last skoolyear, and we had to do some short reports on this book and it wasnt all that great. I mean, it was a big excitement at first knowing she was from wisconsin (where im from), but really the book was kinda boaring.