Monday, August 11, 2014

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

One Came Home is a novel set in a rural town in Wisconsin in 1871. It begins with a rather jarring statement--the date of her sister’s first funeral. Of course that does a great job of creating curiosity in the reader, so you read on. In this case, the main character is an intelligent, sassy and yet naive 13 year old girl, Georgie, who is a great shot and quite stringent in her beliefs of right vs. wrong. Because of her moral compass, she reveals a secret about her sister which sets wheels in motion and eventually leads to this funeral, where everyone but Georgie believes that Agatha, her sister, is dead in her coffin. This is the story of how everything got to this point and then continues to explain how it is later resolved through some serious dramatic plot (and at times violent) elements. What makes this story so great is the voice of Georgie. It is humorous and vibrant and makes the story thoroughly enjoyable. I loved this book and found myself laughing out loud at times (causing some looks on the el), reading rapidly through very suspenseful parts as well as crying at others. It is an interesting tale that also reveals some about life in post-Civil War Wisconsin. 

Age 11-15 but has some violent parts so again, depends on your tolerance for violence