One Crazy SummerBook - 2010
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. "This vibrant and moving award-winning novel has heart to spare."*
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 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.
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."
*Brightly, in Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich's article "Knowing Our History to Build a Brighter Future: Books to Help Kids Understand the Fight for Racial Equality"
From Library Staff
Take a trip to the '60s with Delphine, Fern, and Vonetta to the sunny Oakland as they visit their mother who left them four years ago. They're in for a ride when they discover their mother is less than motherly and the Black Panthers aren't scary as the media portrays them.
LPL_VanessaR Mar 01, 2019
Have you ever been graced with the Oakland sun? Well, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern don’t feel much of the warmth when they arrive at their mother’s home. A self-proclaimed poet, Cecile, who never wanted much to do with motherhood, sends them to the People’s Center, a Black Panther Day camp. There ... Read More »
Sisters Delphine, Vonetta and Fern haven’t seen their mother, Cecile, in years. They all journey from Brooklyn to Oakland to visit their long-lost mother, the self-absorbed poet, for the summer. Set during the tumultuous Civil Rights era, the sisters attend Black Panther day camp and learn how to... Read More »
Delphine, Vonnetta and Fern are shipped off to 1968 Oakland, CA to visit the mother they barely know, Cecile. Instead of visiting Disneyland, they head to a day camp run by Black Panthers. The sisters are introduced to the passionate politics of the day while trying to get to know their mysteriou... Read More »
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It's been one crazy summer with the mother they hardly even know. Three kids venture to California and met their mom who just happens to be involved in the often violent Black Panthers Movement of the 1960s. How's that for a summer vacation to remember.
Eleven year old Delphine, and her two younger sisters Vonetta, and Fern were sent from Brooklyn to California to see someone who left them seven years ago; their mother. When the girls arrive in Oakland, California, they realize the women the mother they were so anxious to see wants nothing to do with them for the summer, and sends them off to a day camp sponsored by the Black Panthers. The girls want nothing more than to be loved by someone who walked out on them. Though this book takes place in one of the most horrible times in history this story will gives you some laughs, and cries.
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“It was a strange, wonderful feeling. To discover eyes upon you when you expected no one to notice you at all.”
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