Jan 9, 2013

Review: One Came Home by Amy Timberlake (+Giveaway)

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
January 8th, 2013 by Knopf Books

In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly.

But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn't, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of "pigeoners" trailing the passenger pigeon migration. And when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentifiable body—wearing Agatha's blue-green ball gown—everyone assumes the worst. Except 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 Agatha home. Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie is not prepared for what she faces on the western frontier.

What a remarkable story about a young girl with a determination to find out what really happened to her missing sister. Thirteen-old Georgie refuses to believe that her older sister Agatha has been returned to them dead. Yes, she is wearing that beautiful dress her mother made, but Agatha can't be gone - forever. I was excited for Georgie as she set out to find out the truth behind why her sister ran off and if she really is dead. While I was excited to read about her nights under the stars, I was afraid for her and what may be in store as she goes from one small town to another. Although she wasn't alone - traveling with her sisters ex beau - I just knew her journey wouldn't be easy. There were many tense moments and there were times when I didn't know how Georgie kept a cool head about her. Thank gosh her adoring grandfather taught that girl how to shoot straight!

What an amazing peek back into the 1870's! I'll be the first to admit that historical fiction is not my strong suit, but this story with the history of passenger pigeons and the open frontier was really interesting. I also loved the relationship between Georgie and her grandfather. He is Georgie's father, confidant, supporter, and best friend. I really enjoyed reading about their connection, and with more kids being raised by their grandparents it's important to highlight those relationships in stories. Be sure to add this adventurous middle grade to your library!

Be sure to check out the interview with Amy Timberlake. We talk about what life would be like for a young lady during the 19th century and your comment gets you an extra entry in the giveaway. 

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