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One Crazy Summer

byRita Williams-garcia

Paperback | December 27, 2011

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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. "This vibrant and moving award-winning novel has heart to spare."*

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 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.

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."

*Brightly.com, in Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich's article "Knowing Our History to Build a Brighter Future: Books to Help Kids Understand the Fight for Racial Equality"

Rita Williams-Garcia's Newbery Honor-winning novel,One Crazy Summer, was a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and aNew York Timesbestseller. The sequel,P.S. Be Eleven, was also a Coretta Scott King Award winner and an ALA Notable Childr...
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Title:One Crazy SummerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.48 inPublished:December 27, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060760907

ISBN - 13:9780060760908

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read two summers ago and my kids enjoyed Great book as a spin off into black history. After reading the we read Island of The Blue Dolphins because the main character in this book had read it in the book, lol. Introduces poetry as well. I think it is time we should check out more titles from Rita Garcia. Worth the $8.
Date published: 2018-01-15

Editorial Reviews

One Crazy Summer absolutely blew me away. What an amazing and beautifully written story. This novel is just glorious.”