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P.S. Be Eleven

by Rita Williams-garcia

HarperCollins | May 21, 2013 | Hardcover

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In this Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel and sequel to theNew York Timesbestseller and Newbery Honor BookOne Crazy Summer, the Gaither sisters return to Brooklyn and find that changes large and small have come to their home. This extraordinary novel earned five starred reviews, withPublishers Weeklycalling it "historical fiction that's as full of heart as it is of heartbreak" andThe Horn Bookconsidering it "funny, wise, poignant, and thought-provoking."

After spending the summer in Oakland, California, with their mother and the Black Panthers, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern arrive home with a newfound streak of independence. The sisters aren't the only ones who have changed. Now Pa has a girlfriend. Uncle Darnell returns from Vietnam a different man. But Big Ma still expects Delphine to keep her sisters in line. That's much harder now that Vonetta and Fern refuse to be bossed around. Besides her sisters, Delphine's got plenty of other things to worry about—like starting sixth grade, being the tallest girl in her class, and dreading the upcoming school dance. The one person she confides in is her mother, Cecile. Through letters, Delphine pours her heart out and receives some constant advice: to be eleven while she can.

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Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.97 in

Published: May 21, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061938629

ISBN - 13: 9780061938627

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P.S. Be Eleven

P.S. Be Eleven

by Rita Williams-garcia

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.97 in

Published: May 21, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061938629

ISBN - 13: 9780061938627

About the Book

In this exquisite sequel to the "New York Times" bestseller "One Crazy Summer"Na Newbery Honor Book and winner of the Coretta Scott King AwardNthe Gaither sisters return to Brooklyn and find that changes large and small have come to their home.

From the Publisher

In this Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel and sequel to theNew York Timesbestseller and Newbery Honor BookOne Crazy Summer, the Gaither sisters return to Brooklyn and find that changes large and small have come to their home. This extraordinary novel earned five starred reviews, withPublishers Weeklycalling it "historical fiction that's as full of heart as it is of heartbreak" andThe Horn Bookconsidering it "funny, wise, poignant, and thought-provoking."

After spending the summer in Oakland, California, with their mother and the Black Panthers, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern arrive home with a newfound streak of independence. The sisters aren't the only ones who have changed. Now Pa has a girlfriend. Uncle Darnell returns from Vietnam a different man. But Big Ma still expects Delphine to keep her sisters in line. That's much harder now that Vonetta and Fern refuse to be bossed around. Besides her sisters, Delphine's got plenty of other things to worry about—like starting sixth grade, being the tallest girl in her class, and dreading the upcoming school dance. The one person she confides in is her mother, Cecile. Through letters, Delphine pours her heart out and receives some constant advice: to be eleven while she can.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

From the Jacket

Things are changing in the Gaither household. After soaking up a "power to the people" mind-set over the summer, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern return to Brooklyn with a newfound streak of independence. Pa has a girlfriend. Uncle Darnell is home from Vietnam, but he's not the same. And a new singing group called the Jackson Five has the girls seeing stars.

But the one thing that doesn't change? Big Ma still expects Delphine to keep everything together. That's even harder now that her sisters refuse to be bossed around, and now that Pa's girlfriend voices her own opinions about things. Through letters, Delphine confides in her mother, who reminds her not to grow up too fast. To be eleven while she can.

An outstanding successor to the Newbery Honor BookOne Crazy Summer,P.S. Be Elevenstands on its own as a moving, funny story of three sisters growing up amid the radical change of the 1960s, beautifully written by the inimitable Rita Williams-Garcia.

About the Author

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 Children's Book for Middle Readers. She is also the author of six distinguished novels for young adults:Jumped, a National Book Award finalist;No Laughter Here, Every Time a Rainbow Dies(aPublishers WeeklyBest Children's Book), andFast Talk on a Slow Track(all ALA Best Books for Young Adults);Blue Tights; andLike Sisters on the Homefront, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Rita Williams-Garcia lives in Jamaica, New York, is on the faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children & Young Adults Program, and has two adult daughters, Stephanie and Michelle, and a son-in-law, Adam.

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR ONE CRAZY SUMMER:“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...”