One crazy summer by Williams-Garcia, Rita (#0363KU7)


One crazy summer

by Williams-Garcia, Rita
Paperback Amistad, 2012


From the Publisher

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."* 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' and Ibram X. Kendi's books.

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 middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It's a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.

*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"

Reviews & Awards
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, 2011
  • Book Links, 01/01/11
  • Booklist starred, 02/01/10
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 02/01/10
  • Christian Library Journal starred, 11/01/14
  • Coretta Scott King Author Award, 2011
  • Horn Book Magazine, 10/01/10
  • Horn Book Magazine starred, 03/01/10
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 01/15/10
  • Library Media Connection starred, 03/01/10
  • Multicultural Review, 06/01/10
  • New York Times, 01/17/10
  • Newbery Honor, 2011
  • Parents' Choice Gold Award, 2010
  • Publishers Weekly, 01/04/10
  • School Library Journal starred, 03/01/10
  • Teacher Librarian, 04/01/13
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), 06/01/10
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/10
  • Wilson's Junior High School, 10/01/10
Product Details
  • Publisher: Amistad
  • Publication Date: December 27, 2011
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edition: First paperback edition.
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 218 pages ; 19 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-06-076090-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-06-076090-8
  • Follett Number: 0363KU7
  • Interest Level: 5-8
  • Reading Level: 4.6
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.6
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 7
  • AR Quiz: 135338EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 4.6
  • Reading Counts Points: 11
  • Lexile: 750L
  • Guided Reading Level: Z
  • Fountas & Pinnell: W