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P.S. Be Eleven
Contributor(s): Williams-Garcia, Rita (Author)

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ISBN: 0061938637     ISBN-13: 9780061938634
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
OUR PRICE: $17.00  

Binding Type: Library Binding - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2013
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical - United States - 20th Century
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places - United States - African-american
- Juvenile Fiction | Family - Multigenerational
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 9-12
Grade Level: 4-7
Lexile Measure: 770(Not Available)
Physical Information: 1.01" H x 6.22" W x 8.53" (0.84 lbs) 288 pages
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
- Chronological Period - 1960's
- Demographic Orientation - Urban
- Topical - Family
- Locality - New York, N.Y.
- Geographic Orientation - New York
Features: Dust Cover, Ikids, Price on Product, Table of Contents
Awards: Coretta Scott King Award, Winner, Author, 2014
Review Citations: Kirkus Reviews 03/15/2013 pg. 119
Publishers Weekly 04/15/2013
Horn Book Magazine 05/01/2013 pg. 99
School Library Journal 06/01/2013 pg. 146
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2013 - Outstanding, Noteworthy In Style
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 158513
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:

The Gaither sisters are at it again A sequel to the Newbery Honor Book One Crazy Summer, this Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel will find a home in the hearts of readers who loved Brown Girl Dreaming and As Brave as You.

After spending the summer in Oakland, California, with their mother and the Black Panthers, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern arrive home with a newfound streak of independence. That doesn't sit well with Big Ma, who doesn't like the way things are changing.

Neither does Delphine. Pa has a new girlfriend. Uncle Darnell comes home from Vietnam, but he's not the same. And her new sixth-grade teacher isn't the fun, stylish Miss Honeywell--it's Mr. Mwila, a stern exchange teacher from Zambia.

But the one thing that doesn't change during this turbulent year is the advice that Delphine receives from her mother, who reminds her not to grow up too fast. To be eleven while she can.

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 this book. 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.

Each humorous, unforgettable story in this trilogy follows the sisters as they grow up during one of the most tumultuous eras in recent American history, the 1960s. Read the adventures of eleven-year-old Delphine and her younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern, as they visit their kin all over the rapidly changing nation--and as they discover that the bonds of family, and their own strength, run deeper than they ever knew possible.

"The Gaither sisters are an irresistible trio. Williams-Garcia excels at conveying defining moments of American society from their point of view." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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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