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By Harriet on 11-27-12
A story about Family and Challenges
Overall I enjoyed this story. I have always enjoyed survival adventure stories. This is the story of 4 siblings who are deserted by their father years ago and then their mother leaves them in a shopping mall and doesn't return. THey were on their way to visit an unmet aunt. THe children have very little money and only their wits and legs to travel the couple hundred miles to their aunt. They visit their aunt and then when that doesn't work out they split to go meet their 'crazy' Grandmother whom they have also never met. THey are hard working children and use their wits and survival instincts to make it through.
Is this a realistic story? No. I was also annoyed at the author's attempts to make it a 'deeper' book by trying to address the topic of death. Nobody dies in the story! It is just painted on like a facade. There is no moral basis for their discussions, just random thoughts. Still trying to figure out why she went there at all. It accomplished nothing. My other annoyance with the story was the obligatory flesh reference... giggling over the jiggling of ladies breasts. Really? Totally pointless. My third annoyance was her attempt to discriminate about when stealing and lying was ok and when it wasn't. Again, there was no reference point for these decisions, just their own feelings. They didn't really wrestle with it, just kinda did what was easiest for them. I guess in our world, feelings and ease trump everything.
I like Barbara Caruso as a reader. She was great in the Anne of Green Gables books. There were some technical glitches in the middle of the book where there was an echo.
Bottom line was that I liked the adventure part of the story, it is well written, I disliked the annoyances. It is not a book that I will be giving to the kids to listen to and I very well might return it.
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By Amanda on 07-23-10
One of my favourite books
I really enjoyed listening to this. The narration was slow and steady so you could enjoy it fully.
Although written for children, the series can be enjoyed by all ages. Dicey and her little family will captivate you so you will hope that their long journey will take them Home.
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By Sioux on 11-25-14
Utterly boring, slow and repetitive
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
Somebody who has time to waste
Has Homecoming put you off other books in this genre?
Definitely by this author
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Did not finish it as got to the point when I had had enough and would not even recommend it.
What character would you cut from Homecoming?
Not worth commenting on.
Any additional comments?
This book should have been radically culled. If we heard about the children's food choices (mostly the same) and the dreary monotonous listing of every tiny detail once, the same tune was played over and over. Just dreadful. I got to the end of the first half and lost the will to carry on.. Believe me I tried to be fair and hoped it would get better...so have no idea how it ends.