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Beverly B, March 13, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
One Crazy Summer is a wonderful historical fiction/realistic family story. Sent away from her safe, sheltered life in Brooklyn to Oakland, to visit the mother she has not seen since she was four, eleven year old Delphine's life is turned upside down. She spends her days at a Black Panther day camp learning how to organize demonstrations and stand up for her rights when confronted by police. She learns she is not colored, she is black. She learns her mother is not crazy, she is a victim and a survivor with a strong beautiful poetic voice. She learns her younger sisters can teach her as much as she teaches them. She learns life is complicated. She will teach much to all readers.
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Sonia Adams, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Sonia Adams)
Rita Williams-Garcia's novel, One Crazy Summer, offers a down-to-earth view of the Black Power Movement from the vantage point of African American female adolescents. The protagonist, Delphine, and her younger sisters Vonetta and Fern visit their estranged mother, Cecile, who is a member of the Black Panther party. In contemporary American literature, there is a wide array of adult nonfiction and fiction that chronicle the social, poliitical, and cultural impact of the Black Panther organization on Black people nationally and abroad. What is remarkable about Rita Williams-Garcia's novel is that she relies on her personal experience growing up in 1960's as well as authentic histories of the Black Power Movement and make it applicable to young readers. One Crazy Summer draws the reader into to this important time period to present a coming-of-age story of strong, independent-minded African American sisters who learn more about themselves, their family, and the world around them.
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Williams-Garcia, Rita
Amistad Press
Fitzmaurice, Kathryn
Family - General
Children s-General
Children s-Historical Fiction-General
Historical - Military & Wars
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7.625 x 5.125 in 5.6 oz
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"Review" by , "Delphine is the pitch-perfect older sister, wise beyond her years, an expert at handling her siblings...while the girls are caught up in the difficulties of adults, their resilience is celebrated and energetically told with writing that snaps off the page."
"Review" by , "Delphine's growing awareness of injustice on a personal and universal level is smoothly woven into the story in poetic language that will stimulate and move readers."
"Review" by , "The setting and time period are as vividly realized as the characters, and readers will want to know more about Delphine and her sisters after they return to Brooklyn."
"Review" by , "Emotionally challenging and beautifully written, this book immerses readers in a time and place and raises difficult questions of cultural and ethnic identity and personal responsibility. With memorable characters (all three girls have engaging, strong voices) and a powerful story, this is a book well worth reading and rereading."
"Review" by , "Regimented, responsible, strong-willed Delphine narrates in an unforgettable voice, but each of the sisters emerges as a distinct, memorable character, whose hard-won, tenuous connections with their mother build to an aching, triumphant conclusion."
"Review" by , "In One Crazy Summer Williams-Garcia presents a child's-eye view of the Black Panther movement within a powerful and affecting story of sisterhood and motherhood.
"Synopsis" by , Set during one of the most tumultuous years in recent American history, One Crazy Summer is the heartbreaking, funny tale of three girls who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 in search of the mother who abandoned them. It's an unforgettable story told by a distinguished author of books for children and teens, Rita Williams-Garcia.
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