One Came Home (Newbery Medal - Honors Title(s))

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 8Y4.857577
A Newbery Honor Book

An ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book

Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Novel

“An adventure, a mystery, and a love song to the natural world. . . . Run out and read it. Right now.”—Newbery Medalist Karen Cushman


In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly.

But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn't, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of "pigeoners" trailing the passenger pigeon migration. And when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentifiable body—wearing Agatha's blue-green ball gown—everyone assumes the worst. Except Georgie. Refusing to believe the facts that are laid down (and coffined) before her, Georgie sets out on a journey to find her sister. She will track every last clue and shred of evidence to bring Agatha home. Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie is not prepared for what she faces on the western frontier.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on January 8, 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0375869255
ISBN-13: 9780375869259
5 Book Reviews
  • bosmalil000Friday, January 13, 2017 at 7:48 am
    i kind of liked it but it wasn't that good of a book
    • historygirl
      historygirlThursday, October 23, 2014 at 4:11 pm55 stars
      I think this book is for grades 5th - 100 years old it is really sad but the book is really good
      • otter
        otterSaturday, April 12, 2014 at 8:06 am
        Okay, this book is amazing! Georgie's sister, Agatha, runs away when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn't. A couple days later, an unidentifiable body wearing Agatha's dress is found. Georgie refuses to believe Agatha is dead, and sets out on a journey to find her, along with an unexpected companion. Great book!
        • creeperz030
          creeperz030Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:39 pm33 stars
          it's sorta scary
          • trmoore
            Mrs. MooreSunday, September 22, 2013 at 3:50 am
            Possible 2014 Newbery Award