Yesterday the American Library Association announced the winners of their children’s media awards for 2014. Among the Newbery Honor winners was what looks to be an outstanding mystery book for all ages. I haven’t read it yet but I’ve already ordered my copy. Here’s a little more about ONE CAME HOME by Amy Timberlake.
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.
Besides the Newbery Honor, ONE CAME HOME has also earned: An Edgar Award Nomination (Mystery Writer’s of America) • 2013 Bulletin Blue Ribbon from The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books • A New York Public Library’s “100 Titles for Reading and Sharing” Title • 2013 Junior Library Guild Selection • A Scholastic Book Clubs Selection (February 2014 flyer) • 2014 Texas Lone Star Reading List Book • A 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Book (sponsored by The CBC and The National Council for Social Studies)
This sounds like a book for kids and adults alike who enjoy a good mystery. And it doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm to know that the book is set in my home state, Wisconsin. Congratulations Amy Timberlake!