One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

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A Newbery Honor Book

An ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book

Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Novel

“An adventure, a mystery, and a love song to the natural world. . . . Run out and read it. Right now.”—Newbery Medalist Karen Cushman

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.

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About Amy Timberlake

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AMY TIMBERLAKE won the Golden Kite Award for her picture book The Dirty Cowboy. Her first novel for children, That Girl Lucy Moon, was named a Bank Street Best Children's Book, an Amelia Bloomer Book, and the winner of the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. Amy has worked as a book reviewer, columnist, and children's bookseller.

Author Residence: Chicago, IL
Published January 8, 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 274 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Disconsolate over the end of a promising courtship, Agatha Burkhardt runs off without so much as a goodbye to her younger sister, Georgie.

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Christian Science Monitor

Hoards of honest birders – as well as opportunistic crooks looking to cash in – aren't far behind.

Jan 24 2013 | Read Full Review of One Came Home

Rebecca Reads

Georgie comes to terms with her relationship with her sister, her relationship with her mother and grandfather, and her relationship with Agatha’s suitors, which is not necessarily comfortable for her.

Apr 19 2015 | Read Full Review of One Came Home

Thirteen-year-old Georgy Burkhardt refuses to believe that the tragic remains being buried in the graveyard of her small Wisconsin town really belong to her beloved and runaway older sister, Agatha.

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Malinda Charter 22 Jul 2014

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