One Came Home
“An adventure, a mystery, and a love song to the natural world. . . . Run out and read it. Right now.”—Newbery Medalist Karen CushmanIn 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... show more
“An adventure, a mystery, and a love song to the natural world. . . . Run out and read it. Right now.”—Newbery Medalist Karen CushmanIn 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.
Publish date: 2013-01-08
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
Slow to start, and all the pigeon talk weighs it down for a while, but I would be lying if I didn't say the last 50 pages were enough to make even the most boring parts rewarding. Georgie's voice is ridiculously good and the language is beautiful. A small gem and a great little western-ish book for ...
***Note: this review assumes that you've read the book.*** I see why OCH has gotten so many starred reviews from professional journals. Despite some minor flaws, it's beautifully atmospheric, it has interesting period and historical detail (including the hook of the passenger pigeon migration), a ...
I enjoyed how casual, funny, and - yes - spunky the narrator is in this historical fiction for middle graders and younger teens. There are many interesting historical details about 1871, and the fact that it starts out quickly with Georgie not believing her sister is dead is a sure hook. I enjoyed t...