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  • Published: New York : Atheneum, 1981.
  • Year Published: 1981
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 312 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0689851324
  • 1442428783



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by Voigt, Cynthia.

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Call number: Teen Fiction

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Abandoned by their mother, four children begin a search for a home and an identity.

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The Begining of an Epic Journey

A mother, beset with financial difficulties, has sold her house and is driving her four children to the home of a distant relative who she hopes will take them all in. On the way, she stops at a shopping mall, and asks the kids to wait in the car while she goes in. She never comes back. The kids, afraid that they will be separated, don't dare talk to the authorities, so instead, they start walking. It's a journey that will take them weeks, requiring them to find ways to get food, sleep safely, cross rivers, and, above all, stick together. It increasingly becomes clear that there is no home waiting for them at the end of the road, and so they undertake a task that makes their long walk seem simple - creating a home where none exists.

This is a fine book in it's own right, but really the best reason to read it is to set yourself up properly for the next two books in the series - "Dicey's Song" the story of how the leader of this band of children manages to settle down to a sort of normal life, and "Solitary Blue" the absolutely breathtakingly wonderful story of some other guy who somehow is connected to these people. Oh and there are a bunch of other books in the series.

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