Category Archives: Author: Cynthia Voigt

Izzy, Willy-Nilly

Izzy, Willy-Nilly
Cynthia Voigt

I wonder what they plastic handle is for.

I wonder what they plastic handle is for.

Page Count: 336
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 1986
Genre: Realistic

Izzy is a popular girl with a dream life. Until one night when she goes on a date with a senior, a car accident dramatically changes her life. Her old friends begin to avoid her and her family feels sorry for her. She eventually finds a friend in a girl she had never given the time of day.

This book is good for girls who have an interest in teen drama, and overcoming obstacles.

-Ms. Z

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Cynthia Voigt, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 300-400, Year: 1980s

The Runner

The Runner
Cynthia Voigt

Running away from your problems never helps...

Running away from your problems never helps…

Page Count: 320
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 1985
Genre: Realistic

Series: 4th of 7, The Tillerman Cycle

It’s the 1960’s and the Vietnam war is happening. Bullet Tillerman is faced with making the decision to stay on his family farm with his distant mother and strict father, or go and fight. For the time being Bullet just loves to run, not only is he the school track star he also spends most of his time off running. When his coach asks him to train with the new black student Bullet has to face his own prejudices.

This book is good for any one who is interested in historical fiction, race issues, politics, and overcoming prejudices. This book is also part of the Tillerman Cycle, but can definitely be read on its own.

-Ms. Z

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Dicey’s Song

Dicey’s Song
Cynthia Voigt

Looks like things are getting pretty dicey for the Tillerman family...

Looks like things are getting pretty dicey for the Tillerman family…

Page Count: 368
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 1982
Genre: Realistic

Series: 2nd of 7, The Tillerman Cycle

We find the Tillerman family working towards some kind of normalcy in Dicey’s Song, book two of the Tillerman Cycle. Dicey struggles with becoming a normal thirteen-year-old, going to school, making friends, and not having sole responsibility of her younger siblings. Gram decides to adopt the children and tries to handle all the problems the children are having on her own. We also find out what happened to the children’s mother bringing us a sense of closure.

This book is book two of the Tillerman Cycle, but could be read on its own. I suggest it to anyone who likes drama, or books that address family struggles. The characters are very relatable.

-Ms. Z

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A Solitary Blue

A Solitary Blue
Cynthia Voigt

A music man!

A music man!

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Page Count: 256
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 1983
Genre: Realistic

Series: 3rd of 7, The Tillerman Cycle

This book tells us the story of Jeff Greene. We follow Jeff from second grade on the day his mother leaves him. Jeff struggles with his mother coming in and out of his life and eventually he has a breakdown that causes his father to uproot them and move them to a whole new town. Jeff is forced to rebuild his life and learns that there are people he can depend on.

This book would be great for anyone who loves drama or realistic books. The characters in this book are very strong and it’s easy to become attached to them. This book is the third book in the Tillerman Cycle, but could easily be read on its own.

-Ms. Z

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Homecoming

Homecoming
Cynthia Voigt

Doesn't look like a homecoming dance to me...

Doesn’t look like a homecoming dance to me…

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 402
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 1981

Genre: Realistic

Series: 1st of 7

Homecoming is the story of four children who are abandoned by their mother and their struggle to make it to somewhere they can call home. Dicey, the oldest, takes charge of her younger siblings and leads them through finding food, work, and a means of travel. They meet many interesting people on their journey that help them, and help shape their values. Eventually they end up at their aunt’s house, but when there is threat of separation they decide to run. They head for their grandmother’s house where they find many surprises and a home. It is a heartwarming story.

I suggest this book for any one who enjoys drama and has a sense of adventure.

-Ms. Z

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Come A Stranger

Come A Stranger
Cynthia Voigt

What is Mina looking at? Possibly an approaching stranger?

What is Mina looking at? Possibly an approaching stranger?

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 248
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 1995
Genre: Realistic
Series: This is #5 of 7. Can be read alone.

Ambitious and proud Mina Smiths dreams of becoming a professional dancer one day. Her spirits are crushed when she realizes that the biggest obstacle in her way is her race. She is treated differently as the only black dancer at camp and she learns that she will never be able to become a professional classical dancer. Mina’s perceptions of her place in the world as a young black woman change throughout the story as she strengthens her relationship with pastor Tamer Shipp. Mina and Tamer learn from each other and grow together as they both find their meaning in life.

I think that many middle school students can relate to this story because everyone goes through a stage in their lives when they start to reshape their perceptions of the world, just like Mina did. This book is good for young readers as it teaches them to look at things from multiple view points just as Mina does as she learns to look at discrimination and race issues through the different lenses of other characters in the book.

This book would be especially good for readers who enjoy a female protagonist.

-Ms. Beth

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Cynthia Voigt, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Part of a Series, Year: 1990s