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One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
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One Crazy Summer

by Rita Williams-Garcia

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Series: Gaither Sisters Trilogy (1)

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    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (CurrerBell)
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    The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Although The Rock and the River has a more serious tone, both of these historical novels show the emotionally intense struggle for civil rights--particularly the split in families--between those siding with the Black Panthers and those promoting nonviolence.… (more)
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    P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia (CurrerBell)
    CurrerBell: P.S. Be Eleven is the sequel to One Crazy Summer.
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    The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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    Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton (kaledrina)
    kaledrina: Similar relationships of main character to mother.
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Set in 1968, eleven year old Delphine and her younger sisters are off to California to visit the mother who abandoned them seven years prior - the mother who still doesn't want them. While the girls struggle to care for themselves, they quickly discover their mother's connections to the Black Panther Party and find themselves embroiled in the turbulent fight for black rights. By the end of the trip Delphine will not only have a better understanding of her mother, but a better understanding of herself as well. ( )
  adrouet | May 23, 2019 |
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.
  dneirick | May 9, 2019 |
This novel is about three young girls who go visit their mother, whom they have never met in Oakland for the summer. The girls mother, Cecile, did not really pay them any attention,instead, she sent them to a summer camp ran by the Black Panthers. While there, the girls learned a lot about Black History and where they come from. This book is great for older students that are learning about the Civil Rights movement and Black History. ( )
  Zhamp | Mar 19, 2019 |
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. (amazon)
  zahanse1 | Dec 11, 2018 |
Adama liked this book because the mom ended up liking and bonding with her kids by the end of the book. She liked that it was set in the 1960s, so she got to learn about another time period.
It's about a girl named Delphine and her 2 sisters. Their mom left them, so their grandma came to live with them. During one summer, they went to visit their mom who liked to write poetry. Initially, their mom didn’t like having them there, but eventually they bonded.
  FinneytownSecondary | Dec 1, 2018 |
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For the late Churne Lloyd, and especially for Maryhana, Kamau, Ife, and Oni
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Good thing the plane had seat belts and we'd been strapped in tight before takeoff. Without them, that last jolt would have been enough to throw Vonetta into orbit and Fern across the aisle.
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"It's just the clouds bumping...We push our way into the clouds; the clouds get mad and push back. Like you and Fern fighting over red and gold crayons."...I kept on spinning straw, making everything all right. That's mainly what I do. Keep Vonetta and Fern in line. The last thing Pa and Big Ma wanted to hear was how we made a grand Negro spectacle of ourselves thirty thousand feet up in the air around all these white people.
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In the summer of 1968, after traveling 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.
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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.… (more)

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