One Came Home

One Came Home

Paperback - 2014
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" An adventure, a mystery, and a love song to the natural world. . . . Run out and read it. Right now. Newbery Medalist Karen Cushman /i> 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."
Publisher: New York : Yearling, 2014
ISBN: 9780375873454
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Tess1144
Sep 23, 2016

Georgie is known for two things: she’s a sharp shooter with a sharp tongue. She is also intelligent, brave, caring, and passionate about her family and the store they run. When her sister, Agatha, runs away and a mutilated body wearing Agatha’s dress is brought home a few weeks later by the town sheriff, the rest of her small family mourns and buries the body. Only Georgie refuses to accept the worst. She schemes and bribes to get a horse (she ends up with a stubborn mule) and sets off to find her sister, or failing that, find out what happened to her. This is a funny, poignant and terrific adventure story – believable, engaging, and a great read.

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GuineaPiggies
Feb 13, 2016

This book has history, mystery, and adventure. Recommend for kids in 6th-12th grades.

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gracelove00
Dec 01, 2015

I love this book and how unpredictable it was! I couldn't even put the book down when I first started.

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MathildaWheeler
Oct 16, 2015

Not sure how to give this 5 stars, but I would. This is jam-packed with action and grit, and heart. A fantastic historical novel set in Wisconsin in 1871. I thought it got a tiny bit preachy at the very end, but I still rank it as fantastic.

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BUNBUN1978
Apr 21, 2015

Very good adventure/historical fiction novel

vpl_childrens Aug 15, 2014

Set in the 1870's Wisconsin, Georgie's beloved older sister Agatha has run away. Several days later, the town's sheriff arrives back in town with the body of a young lady that everyone assumes is Agatha, and a murder is suspected. Georgie has other ideas, and sets off to find out what happened to her sister, whom she refuses to believe is dead, despite the grisly evidence. A mystery, adventure and coming-of-age tale all in one, Georgie's story will win readers' hearts.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Georgie’s sister Agatha is dead. That’s what everyone thinks anyway. Except Georgie. But when she heads out into the 1871 wilderness of Wisconsin with her trusty gun, the truth may turn out to be a whole lot more complicated than she ever dreamed.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Georgie’s sister Agatha is dead. That’s what everyone thinks anyway. Except Georgie. But when she heads out into the 1871 wilderness of Wisconsin with her trusty gun, the truth may turn out to be a whole lot more complicated than she ever dreamed.

cathmary12 Jun 03, 2014

I loved Timberlake's 'That Girl Lucy Moon' (which I believe is out of print...too bad). This one didn't grab me as strongly. The conclusion and tying-up-of-ends were really long and drawn out.

Cynthia_N Jun 02, 2014

Great book!! It kept me guessing and gasping the whole way through!!

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 11, 2013

“There’s no pretending a cave is a proper room – it’s the belly of the whale, the innards of a clam, a bubble, a rock-hard belch.”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 11, 2013

“You don’t turn the color of dust unless you’re returning to it.”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 11, 2013

“I froze. My body did, anyway. My mind, on the other hand, jumped over the moon and ran off with the spoon.”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 11, 2013

“… there’s a difference between feathers and leaves. Feathers claw their way back into the sky, whereas leaves, after flying once, are content to rest on the earth. Agatha? She was a feather.”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 11, 2013

"But those images of bells and streams dissolved, and all I saw was a wind stirred by the evil winged creatures from Pandora’s box.”

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 11, 2013

Agatha is dead, to begin with. Or is she? When the sheriff came home with a body in a ball gown with its features blown all to smithereens (or eaten by wild animals) everyone in Placid, Wisconsin believes that it's Georgie’s older sister. The one that ran off after Georgie helped to spoil her engagement. Georgie, for the record, doesn’t believe a word of it and she’s going to find the truth. As far as she's concerned Agatha just has to be alive somewhere, so with a local boy, a mule, some gold coins sewn into her hems, and a gun she can rely on, Georgie sets off to prove her theory. Trouble is, the truth ends up being a whole lot more complicated than she ever could have suspected.

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