Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
There is a lot to love in this book. The historical setting was well-written, the pigeons were fascinating, and Georgie as a main character was terrific. It was a great little mystery with a lot of action.
Thirteen-year-old Georgie Burkhart can shoot as straight as can be without missing, her grandfather taught her tracking and hiding, and tending the family store account books. She wants nothing more than to run with family store with her older sister Agatha by her side. At times it was hard to believe Georgie was only 13, but she did have occasion to sob and second-guess herself as a young teen would do.
This book deserved every inch of its Newbery award. One Came Home is the well-woven tale of a Wisconsin girl growing up in 1871 at the time that wild pigeons came to nest near her home and her older sister ran off with pigeoners, only to come back home in a coffin. At her sister’s funeral, Georgie decides that Agatha is not dead and sets off on a quest to find out what happened to her. Loved it!