One Crazy Summer

By: Rita Williams-Garcia

"Cecile Johnson?" the stewardess asks. "Are you these colored girls' momma?" Eleven-year-old Delphine doesn't expect much when she and her two younger sisters fly across the country to spend the summer of 1968 with their tall, mysterious poet mother who abandoned the family years ago. Cecile sends them to a day camp run by the Black Panthers-even though she doesn't seem to support "the cause"-and remains distant when they are together. However, as time passes, Delphine and her sisters make surprising discoveries about their mother and themselves.

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ISBN: 9780060760892

JLG Release: Apr 2010


Sensitive Areas: Violence
Topics: The Black Panther Party , Sisters , Mothers , Poets , African Americans , Civil rights movements , Oakland, California , 1968

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Awards & Honors

2011 Coretta Scott King Author Award; 2011 Scott O’Dell Award; 2011 Newbery Honor Book; 2011 ALA Notable Children’s Books, Middle Readers; 2011 Amelia Bloomer List, Fiction, Middle Readers; CLA Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts 2011; Booklist2011 Top 10 Books for Youth, Black History; Children's Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Children's Choices - Best Books of 2011, Historical Fiction, ages 9-12; 2010 National Book Award Finalist, Young People’s Literature; 2011 NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts; Booklist 2010 Editor’s Choice, Books for Youth, Fiction, Middle Readers; Booklist Lasting Connections of 2010, Social Studies; Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth 2010; Horn Book Fanfare, Best Books of 2010, Fiction; Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Children’s Books; Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2010, Fiction; School Library Journal Best Books 2010: Fiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

It’s 1968, and change is in the air across the country and in the lives of three sisters sent to spend a month in Oakland, CA, with the aloof, poet mother they do not know. While the Black Panthers look after the girls during daytime programs, at home it’s a different story. Readers will fall in love with these self-possessed siblings, e It’s 1968, and change is in the air across the country and in the lives of three sisters sent to spend a month in Oakland, CA, with the aloof, poet mother they do not know. While the Black Panthers look after the girls during daytime programs, at home it’s a different story. Readers will fall in love with these self-possessed siblings, even if their mother does not, and carry their resilient voices with them well beyond the pages of the story.

Horn Book

Eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters spend the summer of 1968 in Oakland visiting the mother who deserted them and getting an unexpected education in revolution from the Black Panthers. Williams-Garcia writes vividly about that turbulent summer through the intelligent, funny, blunt voice of Delphine, who observes outsiders and her o Eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters spend the summer of 1968 in Oakland visiting the mother who deserted them and getting an unexpected education in revolution from the Black Panthers. Williams-Garcia writes vividly about that turbulent summer through the intelligent, funny, blunt voice of Delphine, who observes outsiders and her own family with shrewdness and a keen perception.

Junior Library Guild


• Rita Williams-Garcia’s characters seem to live and breathe.
• The writing is sure and precise, from the inclusion of just the right amount of period detail to the sharply observed dialogue to the easy transitions between scenes.
• The tightly focused plot unfolds organically. The events and revelations never feel forced.
• Rita Williams-Garcia’s characters seem to live and breathe.
• The writing is sure and precise, from the inclusion of just the right amount of period detail to the sharply observed dialogue to the easy transitions between scenes.
• The tightly focused plot unfolds organically. The events and revelations never feel forced.
• A moving emotional journey with a touching and hard-won ending.

Book Details

ISBN

9780060760892

First Release

April 2010

Genre

Fiction

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

224

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.6; Points: 7;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 750L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Amistad

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence

Topics

The Black Panther Party, Sisters, Mothers, Poets, African Americans, Civil rights movements, Oakland, California, 1968,

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