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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Starred Review, The Horn Book, January/February 2013:
    “…it’s Georgie’s voice that really brings the story to life, with its original, folksy turns of phrase and self-deprecating humor that make it as entertaining to read as a Christopher Paul Curtis novel.”
  • Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2012:
    “Georgie's story will capture readers' imaginations with the very first sentences and then hold them hostage until the final page is turned.”
  • “An adventure, a mystery, and a love song to the natural world.”

    Karen Cushman, Newbery Medal–winning author

  • Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, February 2013:
    “With its historical backdrop, enjoyable narrative, and endearing heroine, this will appeal both to fans of Philbrick’s The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg and Kelly’s The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.”
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal, January 2013:
    “Timberlake seamlessly integrates information about two significant events that occurred in Wisconsin in 1871… Georgie’s physical and emotional odyssey that occurs between those two events will linger in readers’ minds.”
  • “Timberlake balances humor with heart in this gripping adventure…[she] offers a fascinating glimpse into an important, little-known year in the American Midwest and at the ‘winged mass’ that filled its sky.”

    Washington Post

  • “Timberlake seamlessly integrates information about two significant events that occurred in Wisconsin in 1871…Georgie’s physical and emotional odyssey that occurs between those two events will linger in readers’ minds.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Georgie’s story will capture readers’ imaginations with the very first sentences and then hold them hostage until the final page is turned.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “With its historical backdrop, enjoyable narrative, and endearing heroine, this will appeal both to fans of Philbrick’s The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg and Kelly’s The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

  • “It’s Georgie’s voice that really brings the story to life, with its original, folksy turns of phrase and self-deprecating humor that make it as entertaining to read as a Christopher Paul Curtis novel.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • “Timberlake weaves in the largest passenger pigeon nesting ever seen in North America, drought and fatal fires along Lake Michigan that year, a currency crisis that spawned counterfeiters, and advice on prairie travel from an actual handbook from the times. Historical fiction and mystery combine to make this a compelling adventure, and an afterword helps disentangle facts from fiction.”

    Booklist

  • “Georgie is a feisty and likable heroine, and her journey of discovery is both harrowing and humorous. Billy, the young man who accompanies her, is resourceful and likable as well. Georgie uncovers several secrets on their journey, not the least of which is her feeling of guilt over Agatha’s disappearance. Throughout the story are historical truths, such as about the nesting of passenger pigeons that occurred in Wisconsin in 1871 and the fierce fires that raged that year along the Great Lakes. This is a compelling historical mystery that readers will not want to put down. Recommended.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “A unique historical novel set during a massive and largely forgotten 1871 wild passenger pigeon migration in southern Wisconsin. Georgie Burkhardt is a scrappy and likable heroine, a straight shooter, with her rifle as well as with her mouth. Part western, part mystery, with plenty adventure and a touch of romance, One Came Home will be enjoyed by readers of many genres and remembered for its setting and the unusual natural phenomenon it brings to life.”

    VOYA

  • “Sands reads the plucky Georgie with unending enthusiasm and energy. Her passion for uncovering the truth, even at the expense of common sense, rings true in Sands’ voice. Although much of the story is told in Georgie’s young, exuberant voice, Sands provides calmer, more mature tones for Georgie’s sister and mother and a deeper, more even voice for Billy. An author’s note read at the conclusion of the story highlights the historical events of 1871—the pigeon nesting in Wisconsin and the fires along Lake Michigan—that formed the backdrop for Georgie’s story.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “With a youthful, feisty voice, Sands perfectly portrays Georgie’s stubborn personality as she takes off on her own, determined to prove that her sister is still alive…Overall, Sands’ high-spirited performance is a perfect fit for Georgie, a capable teenager who won’t ever give up.”

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  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013 for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Book
  • A Newbery Honor Book
  • An ALA Notable Book
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