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byCynthia Voight
1983 Newberry Award
Ages mature 12 and up

Their Momma disappeared. The journey from Massachusetts to Maryland that summer meant survival for the Tillerman children, Dicey, James, Sammy and Maybeth.

Dicey was very responsible for a girl of thirteen. She got them there because she was good at doing what needed to be done without giving it a whole lot of thought. James was the thinker, Sammy was a handful and Maybeth was "slow" but a delight. The long difficult road, Dicey hoped, was ending. When they reached their destination in the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland, they were welcomed by a Grandmother they knew nothing about and a family history which was buried deep down in Gram.. Dicey hoped everything would be easier now, she was exhausted. They needed a home.

It is not any one single problem that Gram and Dicey had to face, but a cluster of people and events that would allow them the genuine strength of character and family that embraces you throughout this book.