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Summary

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

This novel is the second of six novels that deal with the Tillerman children, Dicey, James, Maybeth, and Sammy. A sequel to Homecoming—the story of the Tillerman children's journey from a shopping center parking lot, where their emotionally distraught mother left them, to their grandmother's home— Dicey's Song tells of their adjustment to a new life with this grandmother, whom they have just met.

The story focuses on thirteen-year-old Dicey's struggle to find love, acceptance, and security. Although she is just entering adolescence, Dicey has already experienced the breakdown of her mother and has taken on the subsequent responsibility for her younger siblings. As she learns to lower her emotional defenses and relinquish some of her responsibility for her brothers and sister, she allows herself to explore fuller relationships with her grandmother, her siblings, and her new friends. Dicey's new experiences along the way include shopping for a bra, having a boyfriend, and entertaining friends at home. Voigt presents a moving story about a sensitive young girl who recognizes within herself the need to grow and make a life of her own.