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Rita Williams-Garcia

Author of One Crazy Summer

18+ Works 6,958 Members 347 Reviews 1 Favorited

About the Author

Rita Williams-Garcia graduated from Hofstra University. She has written several books including Blue Tights, Every Time a Rainbow Dies, Fast Talk on a Slow Track, One Crazy Summer, and No Laughter Here. Like Sisters on the Homefront was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. She won the PEN/Norma show more Klein Award. She currently teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children and Young Adults Program. She won the Coretta Scott King awards in 2016 with her title Gone Crazy in Alabama in the author category. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Rita Williams-Garcia

One Crazy Summer (2010) 4,139 copies, 226 reviews
P.S. Be Eleven (2013) 705 copies, 37 reviews
Gone Crazy in Alabama (2015) 530 copies, 32 reviews
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground (2017) 394 copies, 11 reviews
Jumped (2009) 327 copies, 19 reviews
Like Sisters on the Homefront (1995) 228 copies, 4 reviews
No Laughter Here (2004) 140 copies, 5 reviews
A Sitting in St. James (2021) 139 copies, 8 reviews
Every Time a Rainbow Dies (2001) 137 copies, 1 review
Fast Talk on a Slow Track (1991) 69 copies, 1 review
Blue Tights (1988) 51 copies
She Persisted: Florence Griffith Joyner (2021) 33 copies, 2 reviews
Catching the Wild Waiyuuzee (2000) 31 copies, 1 review

Associated Works

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America (2019) — Contributor — 540 copies, 12 reviews
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices (2018) — Contributor — 222 copies, 6 reviews
First Crossing: Stories About Teen Immigrants (2004) — Contributor — 196 copies, 5 reviews
Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever. (2017) — Contributor — 184 copies, 7 reviews
War Is...: Soldiers, Survivors and Storytellers Talk about War (2008) — Contributor — 142 copies, 8 reviews
Who Done It? (2013) — Contributor — 135 copies, 5 reviews
Free? Stories About Human Rights (2009) — Contributor — 120 copies, 4 reviews
Stay True: Short Stories for Strong Girls (1998) — Contributor — 111 copies, 1 review
Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court (2011) — Contributor — 108 copies, 5 reviews
Guys Read: Terrifying Tales (2015) — Contributor — 105 copies, 3 reviews
Girl Meets Boy: Because There Are Two Sides to Every Story (2011) — Contributor — 99 copies, 25 reviews
When I Was Your Age, Volume Two: Original Stories About Growing Up (1999) — Contributor — 92 copies, 2 reviews
The Hero Next Door (2019) — Contributor — 91 copies, 1 review
Face Relations: 11 Stories about Seeing beyond Color (2004) — Contributor — 53 copies, 1 review
Second Sight : Stories for a New Millennium (1999) — Contributor — 45 copies, 1 review
Trapped!: Cages of Mind and Body (1998) — Contributor — 43 copies, 1 review
Dirty Laundry: Stories About Family Secrets (1998) — Contributor — 39 copies
Twelve Shots (1997) — Contributor — 39 copies, 1 review
Period Pieces: Stories for Girls (2003) — Contributor — 15 copies, 2 reviews

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(Newbery Honor Book; Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction; Coretta Scott King Award; National Book Award Finalist)
 
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Newbery Honor Book; Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction; Coretta Scott King Award; National Book Award Finalist
 
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ICSLibrarySquad | 225 other reviews | Apr 26, 2024 |
Gr 9 Up—In this stunning portrayal of a white French family who will do anything to maintain their iron grip around
the necks of the enslaved Black people on their antebellum Louisiana plantation, Williams-Garcia has crafted an
intense saga. Masterly characterization, nuanced machinations, and incisive language are on full display in this
novel that also sheds light on current conversations about race and power.
 
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BackstoryBooks | 7 other reviews | Apr 1, 2024 |
This is the first time I've come across a historical fiction about the Black Panthers, and I loved it! Appropriately thoughtful in its subject matter, and the precocious narrator charmed me to no end. A tiny, underappreciated work of art.
 
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boopingaround | 225 other reviews | Mar 6, 2024 |

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Works
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Members
6,958
Popularity
#3,517
Rating
4.0
Reviews
347
ISBNs
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Languages
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