Cynthia Voigt is an American author best known for writing Dicey’s Song, the 1983 Newbery Medal winner. That book is apart of the popular Tillerman Cycle series which began in 1981 with the release of Homecoming.

Voigt was born in Boston, Massachusetts and went on to graduate from Smith College. She would later go on to be a teacher, teaching elementary and high school students. She began writing after marrying Walter Voigt, a fellow teacher. She would work on her writing for a few years, but once she won the Newbery Medal she decided to leave teaching to write full-time.

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Publication Order of Tillerman Cycle Books

Homecoming (1981)Description / Buy at
Dicey's Song (1982)Description / Buy at
A Solitary Blue (1983)Description / Buy at
The Runner (1985)Description / Buy at
Come a Stranger (1986)Description / Buy at
Sons from Afar (1987)Description / Buy at
Seventeen Against the Dealer (1989)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Tales of the Kingdom Books

Jackaroo (1985)Description / Buy at
On Fortune's Wheel (1990)Description / Buy at
The Wings of a Falcon (1993)Description / Buy at
Elske (1999)Description / Buy at
Jackaroo was also published as The Tale of Gwyn. On Fotune's Wheel was also published as The Tale of Birle. The Wings of a Falcon was also published as The Tale of Oriel. Elske was also published as The Tale of Elske.

Publication Order of Bad Girls Books

The Bad Girls (1996)Description / Buy at
Bad, Badder, Baddest (1997)Description / Buy at
It's Not Easy Being Bad (2000)Description / Buy at
Bad Girls in Love (2002)Description / Buy at
From Bad to Worse (2003)Description / Buy at
Bad Girls, Bad Girls, Whatcha Gonna Do? (2006)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Mister Max Books

The Book of Lost Things (2013)Description / Buy at
The Book of Secrets (2014)Description / Buy at
The Book of Kings (2015)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Davis Farm Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Tell Me If the Lovers Are Losers (1982)Description / Buy at
The Callender Papers (1983)Description / Buy at
Building Blocks (1984)Description / Buy at
Izzy, Willy-Nilly (1986)Description / Buy at
Tree by Leaf (1988)Description / Buy at
The Vandemark Mummy (1991)Description / Buy at
Glass Mountain (1991)Description / Buy at
Orfe (1992)Description / Buy at
David And Jonathan (1992)Description / Buy at
When She Hollers (1994)Description / Buy at
Teddy & Co. (2016)Description / Buy at
By Any Name (2017)Description / Buy at
Little Bird (2020)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Collections

The Rosie Stories (2003)Description / Buy at

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Homecoming is the first book in the Tillerman Cycle series. The book has a boy named James Tillerman who tells his older sister, Dicey, every morning that “it’s still true.” The it he is referencing is the fact that their mother abandoned them in a mall parking lot in Connecticut. The kids need to find their own way to their great-aunt’s house in Bridgeport. They have little money to spend on food and must do their best to seek shelter while avoiding the authorities. The kids hope to stay together and find someone who will love and care for them, but for Dicey that must be too much hope.

The series continues with Dicey’s Song. The story sees the kids finding a home with Gram which is all Dicey really wanted, but after so long on the road protecting her siblings she is left wondering what to do next. The way she saw herself was completely wrapped up in taking care of the others that she has had trouble keeping a sense of self. Now, their past is coming back with force and Dicey will have to learn how necessary letting go truly is.

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