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Thursday, November 01, 2012

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

One Crazy SummerDelphine takes a trip from New York all the way to California.  She is eleven years old and she goes with her two younger sisters.  The father thinks that they should go and get acquainted with their biological mother. The mother barely greets them at the airport.  The mother won't even cook for them.  The mother spends every moment with her poetry and printer.  The girls spend their entire summer at the Black Panther-run community center.  This is during the volatile times of 1968.  Delphine knew that she had to be in charge, but she and her sisters, Fern and Vonetta, really grow that one crazy summer. You will be surprised  how often the public libraries came up in this historical/realistic fiction.  Cultural and ethnic identity could not have been intertwined more realistically.

     * Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee 2013 *

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