Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt

In Homecoming, the Tillerman children marched for months to the only place they knew of to get help, surviving the homeless journey with only their tenacity and street smarts. Now that they have finally made it to their grandmother’s home, they get a well-deserved rest in Dicey’s Song. James becomes stimulated in school, Sammy starts to fit in, Maybeth finds the right teacher, and even difficult Dicey starts to relax and make friends. To pay the price for their contented life, they must let go of their mother, but it seems like the right thing to do and a fitting ending for the little brood.


Book blurb:

The four Tillerman children finally have a home at their grandmother’s run down farm on the Maryland shore. It’s what Dicey has dreamed of for her three younger siblings, but after watching over the others for so long, it’s hard to let go. Who is Dicey, if she’s no longer the caretaker for her family?

Dicey finds herself in new friends, in a growing relationship with her grandmother, and in the satisfaction of refinishing the old boat she found in the barn. then, as Dicey experiences the trials and pleasures of making a new life, the past comes back with devastating force, and Dicey learns just how necessary – and painful – letting go can be.