— The four Tillerman children finally have a home at their grandmother's rundown farm on the Maryland shore. It's what Dicey has dreamed of for her three younger siblings, but after watching over the others for so long, it's hard to let go. Who is Dicey, if she's no longer the caretaker for h... more »er family?
Dicey finds herself in new friends, in a growing relationship with her grandmother, and in the satisfaction of refinishing the old boat she found in the barn. Then, as Dicey experiences the trials and pleasures of making a new life, the past comes back with devastating force, and Dicey learns just how necessary -- and painful -- letting go can be.« less
When their mother abandoned them, Dicey, 13, has taken charge and brought the younger children all the way from Provincetown, MA, to Chesapeake Bay, where their unusual grandmother--one of those gruff people who you nevertheless feel have affection--decides to adopt them. Then one day, a disturbing letter arrives with news of their mother, who is in a hospital far away...
Although it has some sadness in it, this is one of those stories that leave you feeling good about the human potential and spirit. And in its way, the ending is happy.