One Came Home by Amy Timberlake (Lexile: 690; Interest Level: Grades 4-8) is the story of Georgie Burkhardt, a 14 year old sharp-shooter who knows everything there is to know about her world in Placid, Wisconsin. She doesn't know what to do, therefore, when her sister runs off with some "pigeoners," and the sheriff brings home a body wearing Agatha's dress. Convinced that her sister is still alive, Georgie takes off to follow her sister's trail. However, what Georgie finds is not her sister, but a whole lot of trouble!
Georgie's story takes place between two major historical events. The first is one that many people don't talk much about: the Great Passenger Pigeon Migration of 1871, during which experts estimate that every single passenger pigeon in North America went to Wisconsin to nest. The second is the Great Fires that happened in Chicago and along the Great Lakes.
This 2014 Newbery Honor Book is also the 2014 winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Juvenile Mystery. So, if you like history and mystery, this book may just be the one for you! (272 pages)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.