One Crazy Summer

Rita Williams-Garcia, Author . HarperCollins/Amistad $15.99 (218p) ISBN 978-0-06-076088-5

Williams-Garcia (Jumped ) evokes the close-knit bond between three sisters, and the fervor and tumultuousness of the late 1960s, in this period novel featuring an outspoken 11-year-old from Brooklyn, N.Y. Through lively first-person narrative,readers meet Delphine, whose father sends her and her two younger sisters to Oakland, Calif., to visit their estranged mother, Cecile. When Cecile picks them up at the airport, she is as unconventional as Delphine remembers (“There was something uncommon about Cecile. Eyes glommed onto her. Tall, dark brown woman in man's pants whose face was half hidden by a scarf, hat, and big dark shades. She was like a colored movie star”). Instead of taking her children to Disneyland as they had hoped, Cecile shoos them off to the neighborhood People's Center, run by members of the Black Panthers. Delphine doesn't buy into all of the group's ideas, but she does come to understand her mother a little better over the summer. 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. Ages 9–12. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 01/04/2010
Release date: 01/01/2010
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4561-1511-1
Ebook - 240 pages - 978-0-06-196667-5
Compact Disc - 978-1-4498-2196-8
Library Binding - 218 pages - 978-0-06-076089-2
Prebound-Glued - 218 pages - 978-0-606-23555-6
Paperback - 240 pages - 978-0-06-076090-8
Prebound-Glued - 218 pages - 978-1-61383-385-8
Show other formats
FORMATS
The Best Books, Emailed Every Week
Tip Sheet!
MORE BOOKS YOU'D LIKE
X