One Crazy Summer
Rita Williams Garcia (A)
List Price: $7.99 ( Paperback - Series Book 1 / Fiction / Missing Parent / Summer Camp / Self Discovery - 2011)
Description: Eleven-year-old Delphine has it together. Even though her mother, Cecile, abandoned her and her younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern, seven years ago. Even though her father and Big Ma will send them from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to stay with Cecile for the summer. And even though Delphine will have to take care of her sisters, as usual, and learn the truth about the missing pieces of the past.
When the girls arrive in Oakland in the summer of 1968, Cecile wants nothing to do with them. She makes them eat Chinese takeout dinners, forbids them to enter her kitchen, and never explains the strange visitors with Afros and black berets who knock on her door. Rather than spend time with them, Cecile sends Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern to a summer camp sponsored by a revolutionary group, the Black Panthers, where the girls get a radical new education.
Set during one of the most tumultuous years in recent American history, one crazy summer is the heartbreaking, funny tale of three girls in search of the mother who abandoned them. An unforgettable story told by a distinguished author of books for children and teens, Rita Williams-Garcia. (240 pgs) Ages 9 + up . Grade Level: 4 - 7 Lexile Measure: 750
Ashay says, "This award winning book is a huge favorite among upper elementary tweens. Everyone loves this story because it is so excellently written, egageing and funny as the sisters try to reclaim a reluctant parents love. This universal theme resonates with everyone on some level. Also interesting, is that the story takes place mostly in Oakland and the the girls are introduced to the Black Panthers revolutionary ideologies. Kudos to Rita Garcia Williams. Must have for the classroom and the library! And by the way boys enjoy reading this book too! "
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches Shipping Weight: 7 ounces