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One Came Home

Timberlake, Amy

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
One Came Home
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In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in, and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0375873457
9780375873454
Characteristics: 257 p. ;,22 cm.

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In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in, and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters.

Comment by: JCLLauraH Jan 16, 2014

One day, the sheriff of Placid, Wisconsin returns to town with the body of a young girl. The body is too mangled to truly identify, but she has auburn hair and is wearing a green dress that was last seen on Agatha Burkhardt -- a girl who recently ran away from home. Her family believes Agatha is ... Read More »


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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.

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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.

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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.

Jun 03, 2014
  • cathmary12 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 02, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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

a book that boy will love.

One day, the sheriff of Placid, Wisconsin returns to town with the body of a young girl. The body is too mangled to truly identify, but she has auburn hair and is wearing a green dress that was last seen on Agatha Burkhardt -- a girl who recently ran away from home. Her family believes Agatha is dead, but Agatha's sister, Georgie, is unconvinced. With her Springfield rifle in hand, she sets off to search for her sister and begins an adventure to find the truth.

Georgie is a wonderful heroine. She is smart, fierce, and brave, but not without shortcomings, like her sharp tongue and temper, which only increase her likability. I don't get many kids running in and shouting "Do you have the latest historical fiction, especially something about wild pigeons nesting in Wisconsin in the late 1800s?" but if you throw in phrases like "unidentifiable dead body," "13-year-old sharpshooter" and "cougar attack" it should be an easy sell.

Oct 25, 2013
  • LibrarianDestinee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Georgie is an unforgettable narrator in this compelling Western tale of sisterhood, survival, and sharpshooting.

Sep 24, 2013
  • m2 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written and constructed western with a strong female lead; True Grit for the Upper Elementary and Middle School set. I loved it - stayed up late at night reading by the closet light when the big showdown happens. Don't miss this one! And a great book to recommend to girls (and boys) looking for action/adventure with someone like them in the lead.

Feb 11, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I like children’s books that sock you in the gut. Not the books that telegraph their hits or do the old one-two punch you can see coming from a mile away. No way, man, I’m talking about the books where you're reading along, merrily as you please, and then this hammer of a hit comes in from out of the blue and just hocks the wind right out of you. Middle grade fiction, also known as chapter book fiction for kids, can sometimes feel like one long unending stream of samey sameness. Then you get a whiff of something like “One Came Home” and it does you a world of good. Kids need a little variety. If they’re going to read historical fiction (and they are) then why not give them bloody interesting historical fiction for once? Something with gunplay and counterfeiting and true affection between sisters and gowns and all that stuff? A mystery and quest tale all at once, Timberlake’s latest lifts her from the masses of samey same middle grade onto another level. And kid readers end up the winners.

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Feb 11, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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.”

Feb 11, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Feb 11, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Feb 11, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“… 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.”

Feb 11, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"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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Feb 24, 2014
  • red_wolf_770 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 20, 2013
  • red_turtle_11 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Feb 11, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Feb 11, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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