P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

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This thoughtful story, told with humor and heart, rings with the rhythms and the dilemmas of the ’60s through characters real enough to touch.
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In this Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel and sequel to the New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor Book One Crazy Summer, the Gaither sisters return to Brooklyn and find that changes large and small have come to their home. This extraordinary novel earned five starred reviews, with Publishers Weekly calling it "historical fiction that's as full of heart as it is of heartbreak" and The Horn Book considering it "funny, wise, poignant, and thought-provoking."

After spending the summer in Oakland, California, with their mother and the Black Panthers, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern arrive home with a newfound streak of independence. The sisters aren't the only ones who have changed. Now Pa has a girlfriend. Uncle Darnell returns from Vietnam a different man. But Big Ma still expects Delphine to keep her sisters in line. That's much harder now that Vonetta and Fern refuse to be bossed around. Besides her sisters, Delphine's got plenty of other things to worry about—like starting sixth grade, being the tallest girl in her class, and dreading the upcoming school dance. The one person she confides in is her mother, Cecile. Through letters, Delphine pours her heart out and receives some constant advice: to be eleven while she can.

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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 May 21, 2013 by Amistad. 293 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Shannon Maughan on May 31 2013

Though readers learn more about Delphine’s journey, they also glean some history of the day, be it the effects of the Vietnam War on a relative or the girls’ Jackson Five fever.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 15 2013

Williams-Garcia excels at conveying defining moments of American society from their point of view—this is historical fiction that’s as full of heart as it is of heartbreak.

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Excellent
on Feb 27 2013

This thoughtful story, told with humor and heart, rings with the rhythms and the dilemmas of the ’60s through characters real enough to touch.

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