One Crazy Summer
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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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From Publishers Weekly
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What a great book! I can not pick a favorite chapter or part in the story because it is so good!
I hated this book!!!!
I hated this book I mean it was a good idea to write about but the way they put it, was terrible
Jr High Reading Level
I am a former teacher and I read this with my 9 year old granddaughter as required reading for fourth grade. I definitely think this book should NOT BE ALLOWED at this level! The black history background concepts would have been studied in school by sixth grade, making the story line easier to understand. The family problems addressed in this book are rather an unnecessary challenge for younger students. Authors should put recommended age levels on their books and educators should abide by them to protect our children!