One crazy summer
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. A strong option for summer reading—take this book along on a family road trip or enjoy it at home.
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. Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern's story continues in P.S. Be Eleven and Gone Crazy in Alabama.
Readers who enjoy Christopher Paul Curtis's The Watsons Go to Birmingham and Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming will find much to love in One Crazy Summer. Rita Williams-Garcia's books about Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern can also be read alongside nonfiction explorations of American history such as Jason Reynolds's and Ibram X. Kendi's books.
In One Crazy Summer, 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. But when the sisters arrive from Brooklyn to spend the summer with their mother, 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 novel was the first featured title for Marley D’s Reading Party, launched after the success of #1000BlackGirlBooks. Maria Russo, in a New York Times list of "great kids' books with diverse characters," called it "witty and original."
"This vibrant and moving award-winning novel has heart to spare," commented Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich in her Brightly article "Knowing Our History to Build a Brighter Future: Books to Help Kids Understand the Fight for Racial Equality."
African American -- United States
African American Fiction
African Americans -- Fiction
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction
Audiobooks -- Unabridged -- Juvenile
Black Panther Party
Black Panther Party -- Fiction
Black Panther Party -- Juvenile fiction
California -- Oakland
Civil rights movements
Civil rights movements -- Fiction
Civil rights movements -- Juvenile fiction
Girls & Women
Mothers -- Fiction
Mothers -- Juvenile fiction
Multigenerational -- Family
Newbery honor book, 2011
Oakland (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction
Oakland (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile fiction
Poets -- Fiction
Poets -- Juvenile fiction
Prejudice & Racism
Prejudice & Racism -- Social Themes
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' nominee book, 2013
Sisters -- Fiction
Sisters -- Juvenile fiction
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|Grouping Title||one crazy summer|
|Grouping Author||rita williams garcia|
|Grouping Language||English (eng)|
|Last Grouping Update||2023-02-01 03:51:38AM|
|Last Indexed||2023-02-01 04:21:44AM|