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One Crazy Summer
Contributor(s): Williams-Garcia, Rita (Author)

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ISBN: 0060760907     ISBN-13: 9780060760908
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: December 2011
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BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical - United States - 20th Century
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places - United States - African-american
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Prejudice & Racism
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 9-12
Grade Level: 4-7
Lexile Measure: 750(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.56" H x 5.13" W x 7.13" (0.34 lbs) 240 pages
Themes:
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
- Chronological Period - 1960's
- Cultural Region - Northern California
- Geographic Orientation - California
- Locality - Oakland, California
Features: Ikids, Price on Product
Awards: Massachusetts Children's Book Award, Nominee, Children's Book, 2012
Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, Nominee, Grades 6-8, 2014
California Young Reader Medal, Nominee, Middle School, 2014
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 135338
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 7.0
 
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Publisher Description:

In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them. A strong option for summer reading--take this book along on a family road trip or enjoy it at home.

This moving, funny novel won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction and the Coretta Scott King Award and was a National Book Award Finalist. Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern's story continues in P.S. Be Eleven and Gone Crazy in Alabama.

Readers who enjoy Christopher Paul Curtis's The Watsons Go to Birmingham and Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming will find much to love in One Crazy Summer. Rita Williams-Garcia's books about Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern can also be read alongside nonfiction explorations of American history such as Jason Reynolds's and Ibram X. Kendi's books.

In 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. Unexpectedly, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern learn much about their family, their country, and themselves during one truly crazy summer.

This novel was the first featured title for Marley D's Reading Party, launched after the success of #1000BlackGirlBooks. Maria Russo, in a New York Times list of great kids' books with diverse characters, called it witty and original.

This vibrant and moving award-winning novel has heart to spare, commented Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich in her Brightly article Knowing Our History to Build a Brighter Future: Books to Help Kids Understand the Fight for Racial Equality.


Contributor Bio(s): Williams-Garcia, Rita: -

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 a New York Times bestseller. 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 (a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book), and Fast Talk on a Slow Track (all ALA Best Books for Young Adults); Blue Tights; and Like 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.


 
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