One Crazy Summer
  • One Crazy Summer
  • One Crazy Summer
  • One Crazy Summer
  • One Crazy Summer
  • One Crazy Summer
ISBN: 0060760907
EAN13: 9780060760908
Language: English
Release Date: Dec 27, 2011
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 7.5" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

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.

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5
   A great read
I loved this book, it was an easy read and I couldn 't put it down. I loved the characters and the storyline. This book is for young and old to enjoy. Hats off to the author for the author.
 
5
   Left Me Wanting More!
I am a 53-year old teacher of school. I intended to preview a book for my students for my students. Instead, I absorbed in a deliciously-written tale that I thoroughly enjoyed! Thank you Ms. Williams-Garcia for the endless examples of metaphors and similes! I also use these in my lessons, I will use them often. Having been a child of the 60's and intrigued by the Black Panthers, I appreciated the little-known positive activities of the group that were revealed in this book. There is also a pertinent theme that many children wrestle with parental abandonment. I don 't know if my adolescent students will appreciate the deeper themes or outdated idioms, but I will give it a shot! I was left salivating at the high quality of this author's writing! I was left salivating at the high quality of this author's writing!
 
5
   Loved it
I read this book to my almost 10-year-old daughter and we both loved it! I read it in 2 days because she didn 't want me to stop reading. The book brought up a lot of dialogue between us, and although the subject was challenging times, it was as life was in the 60's.
 
5
   Must read!
Amazing book and a must read for kids 5th grade-8th grade. A lot of historical information and family issues discussed. I LOVED it and I can 't wait to read the sequels. A great book to use in the classroom to talk about civic duty and participating in one's community.
 
5
   A peek into history and politics through the eyes of three sisters
One crazy summer provided insight into a political group, the Black Panthers, based in Oakland California, about which I did not know much and was fascinated by. The three sisters in the story are delightful and well written. I recommend the book for the fifth grade and up ''. It certainly allowed me to see a different perspective and made me more grateful for my own childhood.
 
4
   Great for ADULTS.
Really good, but I find it hard to believe that this is a book for 8 year olds. Kids are good, but this book required a highly nuanced emotional range and knowledge of the Black Panther movement. It loved it though!
 
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   Needed more background info
I bought this book to read with my 10 year-old granddaughter, who is black. It was an optional book on a 5th grade reading list. No where does it say that this takes place in the late 1960's. A little background on the Black Panthers would have been helpful. Perhaps I'm a little dense, but it took me a long time to figure out the center, which was run by the Black Panthers with its free breakfasts. I had to look up information about them. It was heartbreaking to see that their mother really did not want them there. I think that many 11 year old girls would be as resourceful, caring, and helpful as Delphine, whom I loved, would send them for a month to a situation where they knew that the girls would not be welcomed. I also think that readers should be at least 11 or 12 to really take part in this book ( with the help of additional info on the Black Panthers ).
 
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   Avoid the attitude
This book, which spread dysfunction throughout the ages, shows how a middle school girl is forced to care for her two younger siblings, as her mother avoids parenting.
 
5
   @Rita Williams-Garcia is awesome!!
Afua aka Fern!!! Can 't get enough of my little country gals... Delphine, Vonetta and Afua aka Stell!!! I did not actually read the book, my daughter did... but with constant communication, I could almost feel as if I was in the scene with the little girls. Her mom, Cecile aka Nzila... her grandma, Big Ma and uncle Darnell all came to life to me. Every little black girl needs to read these books!!! One Crazy summer - Gone Crazy in Alabama P.S. Be Eleven We live some Rita Williams - Garcia!!! Please write a book with the girls going to live with their mom... that would be epic! !
 
5
   Spending a summer with a parent who abandoned u!
I think it was a good book because it was about 3 girl's who went looking for their mother who abandoned them and at the end of the story, her mother was arrested and said, if she said those were her children, they would of gone to Orphanage.
 
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