Cynthia Voigt Books In Order

Tillerman Cycle Books In Publication Order

  1. Homecoming (1981)
  2. Dicey’s Song (1982)
  3. A Solitary Blue (1983)
  4. The Runner (1985)
  5. Come a Stranger (1986)
  6. Sons from Afar (1987)
  7. Seventeen Against the Dealer (1989)

Tales of the Kingdom Books In Publication Order

  1. Jackaroo (1985)
  2. On Fortune’s Wheel (1990)
  3. The Wings of a Falcon (1993)
  4. Elske (1999)

Bad Girls Books In Publication Order

  1. The Bad Girls (1996)
  2. Bad, Badder, Baddest (1997)
  3. It’s Not Easy Being Bad (2000)
  4. Bad Girls in Love (2002)
  5. From Bad to Worse (2003)
  6. Bad Girls, Bad Girls, Whatcha Gonna Do? (2006)

Mister Max Books In Publication Order

  1. The Book of Lost Things (2013)
  2. The Book of Secrets (2014)
  3. The Book of Kings (2015)

Davis Farm Books In Publication Order

  1. Angus and Sadie (2005)
  2. Young Fredle (2011)
  3. Toaff’s Way (2018)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Tell Me If the Lovers Are Losers (1982)
  2. The Callender Papers (1983)
  3. Building Blocks (1984)
  4. Izzy, Willy-Nilly (1986)
  5. Tree by Leaf (1988)
  6. The Vandemark Mummy (1991)
  7. Glass Mountain (1991)
  8. Orfe (1992)
  9. David And Jonathan (1992)
  10. When She Hollers (1994)
  11. Teddy & Co. (2016)
  12. By Any Name (2017)
  13. Little Bird (2020)

Collections In Publication Order

  1. The Rosie Stories (2003)

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Cynthia Voigt Books Overview


Dicey began to panic. The four of them had been waiting in the car for hours now. Why wasn’t their mother back? Why had she just walked off like that? What would they do if she never came back? Dicey had known for a while that something was not right with her mother. There wasn’t anything she could put her finger on, but when Mamma said goodbye to them that day in the supermarket car park, Dicey knew that she wasn’t coming back. And so Dicey, as the eldest, plans to lead the three others halfway across America to their aunt on foot. And the story of how they reached their destination and what they found there is one of the most gripping in children’s literature; it is the story of one child’s courage against impossible odds, and of a determination to find a home that never lets up. Homecoming, the first in a series of seven wonderful novels, is a must for any reader, young or old.

Dicey’s Song

At the beginning of summer, Momma had abandoned them and them later been traced to an asylum where she lay unrecognizing, unknowing. So Dicey Tillerman, her brothers James and Sammy, and her sister Maybeth had spent the summer on their own on a long and difficult journey to find a home with the grandmother they’d never met before. Now that they’d moved in with Gram, their troubles, Dicey hoped, would be over. Dicey had watched over the younger kids and brought them through now she wanted to be just a little bit selfish, to refinish the old sailboat she’d found in Gram’s barn, to earn a little spending money, to adjust to Gram and to her new life in the Chesapeake Bay country that had once been her momma’s childhood home. Yet even with the building of new ties and a new life, old problems and sorrows did not go away by themselves. None of the Tillermans, and especially not Dicey, could forget about Momma. Nor could Dicey easily relinquish her need to watch and worry over the three younger children. Though she felt a growing bond with feisty, seemingly eccentric Gram, who talked of reaching out…
and letting go, it took a crisis to help Dicey understand what such things might mean. This story is a sequel to ‘Homecoming.’

A Solitary Blue

Jeff Greene was only seven when Melody, his mother, left him with his reserved, undemonstrative father, the Professor. So when she reenters his life years later with an invitation to spend the summer with her in Charleston, Jeff is captivated by her free spirit and warmth, and he eagerly looks forward to returning for another visit the following year. But Jeff’s second summer in Charleston ends with a devastating betrayal, and he returns to his father wounded almost beyond bearing. But out of Jeff’s pain grows a deepening awareness of the unexpected and complicated ways of love and loss and of family and friendship and the strength to understand his father, his mother, and especially himself. A NEWBERY HONOR BOOK AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION CHILDREN’S NOTABLE BOOK AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION BEST BOOK FOR YOUNG ADULTS AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION BEST OF THE BEST FOR YOUNG ADULTS INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION TEACHERS’ CHOICE INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION YOUNG ADULT CHOICE BOOKLIST EDITORS’ CHOICE

The Runner


Bullet Tillerman runs. He runs to escape the criticism of his harsh, unforgiving father. He runs to numb the pain of his mother’s inability to express her love. He is the star of the school track team, but he isn’t a team man and doesn’t want to be. Bullet runs for himself.

Bullet is unlikely choice to be asked to coach a new, African American team member. But in coaching Tamer Shipp, Bullet learns some things about himself who he is, and who he can perhaps become.

Come a Stranger

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Although devastated when she is asked to leave an exclusive Connecticut ballet school, Mina Smith finds solace in her friendship with Tamer Shipp, the summer minister, and learns about his own difficult adolescence, Harlem ministry, and family life.

Sons from Afar

James and Sammy Tillerman are as different as two brothers can be. But when Jimmy seeks out their missing father, Sammy joins in. As they ask questions, and move closer to their quest, it is Sammy who grows more interested until the questions lead the brothers to a seedy waterfront bar where violence erupts…
.’Keeps your interest…
Quite suspenseful.’KIDSDY NEWSDAY

Seventeen Against the Dealer

SOMETIMES YOU CAN LOSE SIGHT OF WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT Dicey Tillerman has big dreams. She’s started a boatbuilding business, and she’s determined to prove she can succeed on her own. That’s why at first she resists the offer of help from Cisco, the mysterious stranger who turns up one day at her shop. But running a business doesn’t leave much time for the people Dicey treasure her grandmother, her younger siblings, and her boyfriend, Jeff. And then the trust Dicey puts in Cisco turns out to be misplaces. Suddenly it seems as if Dicey could lose everything has she discovers too late what really matters to her?


‘False, they were all of them false, the stories; as false as the stories of fairies dancing in moonlight glades on Midsummer Night.’ But they served a purpose. In a distant time and far off kingdom, life is hard. People don’t have enough to eat, and winter is upon them. There’s little that offers hope, and many turn to the legends of Jackaroo the masked outlaw hero who rides at night giving aid to the helpless and coin to the destitute for solace. But Gwyn, the Innkeeper’s daughter sensitive, industrious, and independent is too practical to believe such tales. But when a snowstorm forces her and a young Lordling to seek refuge in an abandoned house, Gwyn wonders if perhaps she has been too cynical. Hidden away in an old forgotten cupboard, Gwyn discovers a package a cloak, a mask, a sword…
. Jackaroo? Could the stories be true? It takes a shock and a devastating betrayal for Gwyn to begin to understand what and who Jackaroo really is. And she comes to know what part she will play in discovering the truth, such as it may be, behind the legends.

On Fortune’s Wheel

There are some who say that the Lady Fortune has a wheel, and all men are fixed upon it. The wheel turns, and the men rise, or fall, with the turning of the wheel. Birle has agreed to be wed to the huntsman Muir as an escape from the drudgery of life at her father’s inn but the moment she looks into the bellflower blue eyes of the man she comes upon stealing one of her father’s boats, Birle knows she cannot marry Muir. Even after she discovers the mysterious stranger is Orien, a Lord and as unreachable to an innkeeper’s daughter as a star, Birle is determined to travel with him as far as he will allow. Their travels take Birle to a world far from home, a world where Lords may become slaves, where Princes rule by fear, and where Fortune’s Wheel turns more swiftly and dangerously than Birle could have imagined. Newberry Medalist Cynthia Voigt’s second novel of the Kingdom, set two generations later than Jackaroo, is a memorable combination of thrilling adventure and heart stopping romance.

The Wings of a Falcon

Oriel, a strong and remarkable young boy taken into captivity as an infant by a cruel man, decides to escape from his life of hardship and betrayal and takes Griff, his loyal companion, with him. K. SLJ. PW.


She never knew she had a self. From the time she was a child, she was prepared to sacrifice her life when the Volkking summoned her. She never knew she had a heart, until she set out on a journey north to live among strangers. She never knew she had a choice, until she chose to trust the princess she was told to serve. And she never knew her own value, until she met the man who understood her strength, and who could taste the honey in her name: Elske. But the princess Beriel had always known who she was and what she was worth. She had always had a heart, and a stubborn one. She had always made her own choices, even when they were forced upon her. What Beriel did not have was the one thing she valued above all else, and that was the throne to her kingdom. With immense power and compassion, Cynthia Voigt, Newbery Medalist, depicts the parallel quests of two extraordinary young women. As Elske seeks to find her true self and Beriel battles to reclaim what is rightfully hers, both discover the value, and the price, of reaching the journey’s end.

The Bad Girls

Best friends Margalo and Mikey, two girls from the other side of the tracks, begin fifth grade with chips on their shoulders and seek to prove to everyone that they fear nothing, trust nobody, and can be tough even if they are not boys.

It’s Not Easy Being Bad

What happened to the bad girls? Seventh grade, that’s what. In her regulation cargo pants and gray T shirt, Mikey Elsinger is loud, aggressive, uncompromising, and uncooperative. Margalo Epps, tall and stylish, seems more mild mannered but looks can be deceiving. And even if they don’t have anyone else, Mikey and Margalo have each other. The bad news is: Typical, normal kids are what work in junior high. The worse news is: Friends aren’t people you like, they’re people you’re seen with. Armed with these insights, Margalo and Mikey set out to enter the world of seventh grade and conquer it or at least make it do what they want. In this third book in the Bad Girls series, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt gives us a refreshingly wry view of the good, the bad, and the unpopular and a glimpse into the hearts of a remarkable pair of friends.

Bad Girls in Love

With eighth grade halfway behind them, best friends Mikey Elsinger and Margalo Epps can predict certain events, like who can’t stand them the usual and how their grades compare about the same, like how they feel about the school play so so and the big dance negative. What they don’t predict is that they’ll start to like boys…
that way. Then Shawn Macavity is named the lead in the play, and Mikey is struck speechless a completely new experience for her. Shawn isn’t just any boy. Beautiful, with a hooked nose it works for him, black but not dyed hair, and a name that isn’t spelled S E A N, he’s the only boy. And so, with a flash of her bug squashing smile, Mikey goes after him. Margalo can’t help but wonder, has Mikey lost her mind? WAS SHE ABDUCTED BY ALIENS? Where is the Mikey she’s known since fifth grade? Meanwhile she has romantic problems of her own to worry about. And unlike Mikey, Margalo isn’t telling the whole school about them. In this fourth book in Cynthia Voigt’s Bad Girls series, as Mikey and Margalo struggle to understand that funny thing called love, they find that boys may come and go, but bad girls are bad for life.

Angus and Sadie

Angus is black and white and strong. Sadie is reddish brown and white and small. ‘They don’t look much alike,’ says Missus. ‘They don’t act much alike,’ says Mister. Angus and Sadie are brother and sister. Angus is bigger. He is a good, brave, and clever dog and he likes that. Sadie isn’t as quick to learn or to obey. When cats jump at her, she yelps and runs away. Angus thinks that means she’s scared of everything. But Sadie isn’t so sure that’s true. Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt’s story of border collie puppies growing up on a farm in Maine is for animal lovers of all ages, and for anyone who’s ever had or wondered what it would be like to have a brother or sister just like themselves, but very, very different.

Young Fredle

Cynthia Voigt crafts a novel about discovery, perspective, and the meaning of home all through the eyes of an affable and worried little mouse. Fredle is an earnest young fellow suddenly cast out of his cozy home behind the kitchen cabinets into the outside. It’s a new world of color and texture and grass and sky. But with all that comes snakes and rain and lawnmowers and raccoons and a different sort of mouse field mice, they’re called not entirely trustworthy. Do the dangers outweigh the thrill of discovery? Fredle’s quest to get back inside soon becomes a wild adventure of predators and allies, of color and sound, of discovery and nostalgia. And, as Fredle himself will come to understand, of freedom. From the Hardcover edition.

Tell Me If the Lovers Are Losers

Life had always been predictable for Ann…
until she met her college roommates, Niki and Hildy. Niki is always in motion, brash, often vulgar, with a philosophy of ‘win at any cost.’ And Hildy’s aura of serene wisdom cloaks a most unusual way of looking at things. They became inseparable until something happened that changed their lives forever.

The Callender Papers

Think carefully…
That’s the advice Jean Wainwright always gets from her beloved Aunt Constance, Jean’s guardian and headmistress at the boarding school where she lives. It’s advice that proves valuable when Jean finds herself spending the summer far from home, sorting out family papers for the reclusive Mr. Thiel, a trustee of Aunt Constance’s school and the widower of her childhood friend Irene Callender. At Mr. Thiel’s isolated country estate, Jean is surrounded by bewildering questions from the past. Why is there such hatred between Mr. Thiel and his late wife’s brother? Was her death an accident? And what happened to their child, who disappeared after Irene Thiel’s death? Do the answers lie in The Callender Papers? And will searching for the answers put Jean’s own life in jeopardy?

Building Blocks

What would it be like to be older than your father? Brann Connell is sick of hearing his parents argue all the time. Seems to Brann his dad could stand up for himself more, instead of building a wall of excuses to hide behind. But some things never change after all, his dad has always been this way. Or has he? Brann never imagined that he would actually get the chance to find out. But suddenly he is hurled back in time to spend the day with his father as a young boy. In this single mystifying day of adventure, Brann discovers that there is more to his dad and fate than he thought.

Izzy, Willy-Nilly

Isobel Lindgren Izzy is a chearleader, the only sophomore on the entire squad. Pretty, blonde, and from a wealthy family, she’s the kind of girl who everyone notices. And as much as she hates to admit it, Izzy loves that. So when Marco, a popular senior, asks her to a party, how can she say no? And how can she say no when he wants to drive her home? But days later, when Izzy wakes up in the hospital, severely injured from a car accident, home has never felt so far away. Izzy’s determined not to show how scared she is, but every day it gets harder and harder to accept that things will never be the same again. That’s when she meets Rosamunde. Plain and withdrawn, Rosamunde is the kind of girl Izzy never noticed before the accident, but now it seems like she’s the only one who can get through to Izzy and help her move on. And as Izzy comes to terms with the past, she can even see that there’s a new richness to life, and that she possesses strengths she never dreamed she had. Poignant and thought provoking, Izzy, Willy Nilly, by Newberry Award winning author Cynthia Voigt, is sure to resonate with anyone who’s ever felt as if they didn’t belong.

Tree by Leaf

It’s not fair that Clothilde’s father has returned from World War I so disfigured that he retreats to the boathouse as a recluse. It’s not fair that her brother has abandoned the family to live with his rich grandfather in Boston. It’s not fair that her mother has reverted to the role of a lady, leaving Clothilde to do all the housework. And it’s certainly not fair that the Maine peninsula that Clothilde inherited from a great aunt may have to be sold to support the family. Then a mysterious Voice speaks to Clothilde, giving her the chance to change the life fate has dealt her and the people she loves. But Clothilde’s wishes come true in unexpected, frightening ways and at a price she isn’t sure she has the courage to pay.

The Vandemark Mummy

MUMMY, MUMMY, WHO’S GOT THE MUMMY? It’s not a terribly valuable mummy, but its disappearance spells big trouble for Phineas and Althea’s father, who is the curator of a small collection of Egyptian antiquities bequeathed to the college where he works. A whispered phone call leads Phineas and Althea to the vandalized mummy without revealing the identity of the thief. Then someone far more important to Phineas than a fifteen hundred year old mummy vanishes. In spite of what the police think, he knows his sister would not have run away, and he knows she’s in grave danger. But can he unravel the mystery in time to save her life?


Love stories aren’t about how they end. A chance meeting on a street corner with her childhood friend Orfe plunges Enny into the tough world of popular music. As Orfe’s business manager, Enny sees Orfe and her band, the three Graces, arrive at the brink of success and watches Orfe’s dangerous obsession with Yuri. Yuri, with his black, tightly curled hair that hangs like the tendrils of grape vines. Yuri, with his dark eyes that look right into yours as if he doesn’t want to miss anything about you. Yuri, with a problem that may be deeper and stronger than the love he and Orfe share. Orfe’s music has always been her salvation, but it may not be enough to save Yuri. And without Yuri, what will become of Orfe herself?

David And Jonathan

When Jonathan’s cousin David, a holocaust survivor with mental and emotional problems, comes to live with his family, their closeness threatens Jonathan’s relationship with Henry, his best friend since childhood. PW.

When She Hollers

Tish has taken enough. She will no longer be abused. She will no longer be passive. So she takes a knife with her wherever she goes. Today is not going to be like any other day. Today is going to be different.

The Rosie Stories

Rosie, a dog who loves to eat, waits for breakfast, gets into the garbage can for lunch, and joins the family in following along with an exercise video. She is a cheerful dog who is determined to get exactly what she wants.

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