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Brief Description:
In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.



Jacket Description/Back:

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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In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.;Ages 9-12.;A Junior Library Guild selection;Coretta Scott King Award, Author, 2011.;Newbery Honor Book, 2011.;National Book Award finalist, 2010.



Review Quotes:

★ “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.”–Kirkus Reviews (starred review)



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★ “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.”–Horn Book (starred review)



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★ “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.”–School Library Journal (starred review)



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“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.”–Monica Edinger, The New York Times



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” One Crazy Summer absolutely blew me away. What an amazing and beautifully written story. This novel is just glorious.”–Jacqueline Woodson, author of the Newbery Honor Book After Tupac & D Foster



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“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.”– Publishers Weekly



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★ “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.”– Booklist (starred review)



Publisher Marketing:

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.

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 novel was the first featured title for Marley D’s Reading Party, launched after the success of #1000BlackGirlBooks. Maria Russo, in a New York Times list of great kids’ books with diverse characters, called it witty and original.

This vibrant and moving award-winning novel has heart to spare, commented Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich in her Brightly article Knowing Our History to Build a Brighter Future: Books to Help Kids Understand the Fight for Racial Equality.



Review Citations:
  • Horn Book Magazine 11/01/2010 pg. 124 (EAN 9781449821968, Compact Disc)
  • Audio File 06/01/2011 pg. 60 (EAN 9781449821968, Compact Disc)
  • School Library Journal 10/01/2010 (EAN 9781449821968, Compact Disc)
  • Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 02/01/2010 (EAN 9780060760892, Library Binding)
  • Booklist 02/01/2010 pg. 61 (EAN 9780060760892, Library Binding) – *Starred Review
  • Kirkus Review – Children 01/15/2010 pg. 91 (EAN 9780060760892, Library Binding) – *Starred Review
  • School Library Journal 03/01/2010 pg. 170 (EAN 9780060760892, Library Binding) – *Starred Review
  • Horn Book Magazine 03/01/2010 pg. 77 (EAN 9780060760892, Library Binding) – *Starred Review
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2010 (EAN 9780060760892, Library Binding)
  • Kirkus Best Children’s Books 11/15/2010 pg. 12 (EAN 9780060760892, Library Binding)
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books 11/08/2010 pg. 35 (EAN 9780060760892, Library Binding)
  • SLJ’s Best Books 12/01/2010 pg. 34 (EAN 9780060760892, Library Binding)
  • Entertainment Weekly 11/14/2014 pg. 111 (EAN 9780060760892, Library Binding)
  • Wilson Children’s Catalog 04/11/2019 (EAN 9780060760892, Library Binding)
  • Wilson Middle/Jr. High Catalog 04/11/2019 (EAN 9780060760892, Library Binding)
  • Publishers Weekly 01/04/2010 pg. 47 (EAN 9780060760885, Hardcover)
  • Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 02/01/2010 (EAN 9780060760885, Hardcover)
  • New York Times Book Review 01/17/2010 pg. 12 (EAN 9780060760885, Hardcover)
  • New York Times Book Review 01/24/2010 pg. 18 (EAN 9780060760885, Hardcover)
  • Booklist 02/01/2010 pg. 61 (EAN 9780060760885, Hardcover) – *Starred Review
  • Kirkus Review – Children 01/15/2010 pg. 91 (EAN 9780060760885, Hardcover) – *Starred Review
  • School Library Journal 03/01/2010 pg. 170 (EAN 9780060760885, Hardcover) – *Starred Review
  • Horn Book Magazine 03/01/2010 pg. 77 (EAN 9780060760885, Hardcover) – *Starred Review
  • Voice of Youth Advocates 06/01/2010 (EAN 9780060760885, Hardcover)
  • Multicultural Review 08/01/2010 pg. 73 (EAN 9780060760885, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2010 (EAN 9780060760885, Hardcover)
  • Booklist Ed Choice Youth 01/01/2011 pg. 13 (EAN 9780060760885, Hardcover)
  • SLJ’s Best Books 12/01/2010 pg. 34 (EAN 9780060760885, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children’s Catalog 04/11/2019 (EAN 9780060760885, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Middle/Jr. High Catalog 04/11/2019 (EAN 9780060760885, Hardcover)

Contributor Bio:  Williams-Garcia, Rita

Rita Williams-Garcia‘s Newbery Honor Book, One Crazy Summer, was a winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award, a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller. The two sequels, P.S. Be Eleven and Gone Crazy in Alabama, were both Coretta Scott King Author Award winners and ALA Notable Children’s Books. Her novel Clayton Byrd Goes Underground was a National Book Award finalist and winner of the NAACP Image Award for Youth/Teen Literature. Rita is also the author of five other distinguished novels for young adults: Jumped, a National Book Award finalist; No Laughter HereEvery Time a Rainbow Dies (a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book), Fast Talk on a Slow Track (all ALA Best Books for Young Adults); and Blue Tights. Rita Williams-Garcia lives in Jamaica, New York, with her husband and has two adult daughters. You can visit her online at www.ritawg.com.

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