Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt (NEWBERY WINNER)

This is one of a number of books with the same group of characters. The first is Homecoming, which I actually liked least of all the books (it drags on in places). Dicey's Song is one of my favorites. There are places where it seems a little dated (it's set in the early 70's). I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, but if you like books where character is more important than action, give this one a try. The other books include: A Solitary Blue, Sons from Afar, The Runner and Come a Stranger.