One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

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In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them.

Eleven-year-old Delphine is like a mother to her two younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern. She's had to be, ever since their mother, Cecile, left them seven years ago for a radical new life in California. When they arrive from Brooklyn to spend the summer with her, Cecile is nothing like they imagined. While the girls hope to go to Disneyland and meet Tinker Bell, their mother sends them to a day camp run by the Black Panthers. Unexpectedly, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern learn much about their family, their country, and themselves during one truly crazy summer.

This moving, funny novel won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction and the Coretta Scott King Award and was a National Book Award Finalist.

Readers who enjoy Christopher Paul Curtis's The Watsons Go to Birmingham will find much to love in One Crazy Summer. Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern's story continues in P.S. Be Eleven.

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About Rita Williams-Garcia

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Rita Williams-Garcia is currently a faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children and Young Adults Program. She has two adult daughters, Stephanie and Michelle, and a son-in-law, Adam, and lives in Jamaica, NY. You can visit her online at www.ritawg.com.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Scholastic Inc.. 228 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A flight from New York to Oakland, Calif., to spend the summer of 1968 with the mother who abandoned Delphine and her two sisters was the easy part.

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A novel of three sisters, their mother and the Black Panthers.

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according to Amazon National Book Award 2010 nominees: one big surprise 2010 National Book Awards: more surprises

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Common Sense Media

This book is a very good book and it teaches people how to deal with certain situations. The book is something i can relate to because i was taken from my ...

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Common Sense Media

LOVE It! it teaches kids about segrigation and black and white ppl being apart but the smoking wont be a good role model when i read it to my kids in the future.

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Common Sense Media

It's a gem of a story, subtly offering contextual details about 1968 Oakland, yet staying true to the story of three girls hoping to reclaim their mysterious mother's love.

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The Book Smugglers

... Eleven-year-old Delphine has it together. Even though her mother, Cecile, abandoned her and her younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern, seven ...

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Cecile is not a good role model, as she abandoned her kids to pursue her life of poetry and to be free, but she does represent behavior which contributed to changing roles for women.

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One Crazy Summer by Rita Garcia-Williams is a coming-of-age story about an African-American family ... Cover art of One Crazy Summer novel for ages 10-14  ...

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Shelf Awareness

If your young reader enjoys strong female characters, being plunked into another era, and family stories, he or she will be caught up in this 2011 Newbery Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner and National Book Award finalist.

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Arlington Library

Delphine and her two younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern are sent across the country from Brooklyn, New York to Oakland, California to meet their mother, whom they barely remember.

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Novel Novice

... I read a book called One Crazy Summer recently and I enjoyed it very much. I thought I should review it because it is also a nominee for the ...

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Eva's Book Addiction

... Review of One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia ... There's something so refreshing to me about books in which the parents aren't perfect, ...

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Fourth Musketeer

... Book review: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad, 2010). Highly recommended for ages 8-12. Award-winning young adult ...

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