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One Crazy Summer

av Rita Williams-Garcia

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Serier: Gaither Sisters Trilogy (1)

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In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.… (mer)
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    Svart arv av Mildred D. Taylor (CurrerBell)
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    The Rock and the River av Kekla Magoon (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Although The Rock and the River has a more serious tone, both of these historical novels show the emotionally intense struggle for civil rights--particularly the split in families--between those siding with the Black Panthers and those promoting nonviolence.… (mer)
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    P.S. Be Eleven av Rita Williams-Garcia (CurrerBell)
    CurrerBell: P.S. Be Eleven is the sequel to One Crazy Summer.
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    The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 av Christopher Paul Curtis (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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    Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush av Virginia Hamilton (kaledrina)
    kaledrina: Similar relationships of main character to mother.
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Source: Newberry Honor
Age Range: 9-12
Evaluation of Quality: This book not only captures the culturally vibrant and racially turbulent times of 1960's California, it also has wonderfully engaging characters.
Assessment of potential use: I would recommend this book for an independent reading assignment for Black History Month, or as a fun book to read in general
Assessment of appeal to children: Protagonist Delphine has traits that many older siblings can readily identify with such as exasperation with their younger siblings but fierce protectiveness.
  TaylorHowell | Nov 15, 2020 |
One Crazy Summer is about three sisters who travel to visit their Mother in 1968. Here, during a time of the civil rights movement and all sorts of change in society throughout America regarding rights for colored people the girls find themselves learning about reality. The three girls gain confidence by being very independent, since their mother does not know them well and doesn't seem to care much for them. I guarantee that once you read this book, you won't be able to put it down. The travels and activities these girls encounter are not just interesting but also insightful.
  avatighe | Nov 3, 2020 |
In the summer of 1968, eleven-year-old Delphine shepherds her younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern, across the country from Brooklyn, where they live with their father and grandmother Big Ma, to Oakland, where their mother Cecile lives. Cecile left after giving birth to Fern, and she's not excited about her daughters' visit. Instead of home-cooked meals and trips to Disneyland and Hollywood, the girls are mainly left to fend for themselves; Cecile directs them to the Center, a summer camp run by the Black Panthers. Cecile herself, while not a Black Panther, is certainly Panther-adjacent, and uses the printing press in her kitchen to make flyers and pamphlets for them, though her real passion is writing and publishing her own poetry under the name Nzila. But when Cecile/Nzila is arrested, Delphine has a whole new level of responsibility. Fortunately, she and her sisters have community support, and their friend from the Center, Hirohito Woods, takes them in while Cecile is in jail. Their summer trip culminates in a Black Panther rally and Cecile's release, and an honest conversation between Cecile and her oldest daughter.

See also: It All Comes Down to This by Karen English, Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis, My Life As An Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi ( )
  JennyArch | Oct 22, 2020 |
Eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern, are sent by their father and grandmother in New York, to spend the summer of 1968 in Oakland, California, with the mother who walked out on the whole family right after Fern was born. They go hoping to find a warm, loving mother, but Cecile (who now goes by the name Sister Nzila) is cold and uncaring. She lets the girls sleep in her house, but mostly ignores them and leaves them on their own.
It's the civil rights era, and the girls end up spending most of their days at a sort of day-camp operated by the Black Panthers. There, they see a positive side to the Panthers that they had never seen in New York, or on the news. They learn a little about a lot during their four weeks; and at the very end, the day before they leave, Delphine finally learns a little about her mother, and why she abandoned the family. ( )
  fingerpost | Oct 11, 2020 |
The book sounded interesting and cute (it is middle grade) as three sisters travel from Brooklyn to Oakland California where they spend the summer with their mom. Their mom, however, is less than excited to see them and sends the girls off to a summer camp run by the Black Panthers. The three navigate being so far from home with someone who they don't really know and being in this camp.

It wasn't for me. While I respect all of the things the book is/was trying to do and it does cover a very important time period (I don't think I've ever come across a book that discusses the summer camps run by Black Panthers, although I knew they existed from histories I've read), overall I just felt it was kinda "eh" in execution.

I did also enjoy things like the bond between the sisters, the character growth, and what is likely a reasonably realistic portrayal of their mom: a lot of people felt she was cold, abusive, inhuman, etc. but I'm not entirely sure whether that's biased because of, well, the subject matter plus the book is probably slanted in its POV of who is telling this story. This is not a shot at Black Panthers as a group or its members: you can find people like Cecile in other groups, too.

Also, they did have a nice moment together in the end, so it's possible that as a first book in the series it's meant to show a growing of the relationship to at least a little something warmer.

Worth a read and good to have in a school or family library? Absolutely. Will I be continuing this series? Nah. But definitely would recommend this book in the middle school age group. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Aug 29, 2020 |
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Good thing the plane had seat belts and we'd been strapped in tight before takeoff. Without them, that last jolt would have been enough to throw Vonetta into orbit and Fern across the aisle.
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"It's just the clouds bumping...We push our way into the clouds; the clouds get mad and push back. Like you and Fern fighting over red and gold crayons."...I kept on spinning straw, making everything all right. That's mainly what I do. Keep Vonetta and Fern in line. The last thing Pa and Big Ma wanted to hear was how we made a grand Negro spectacle of ourselves thirty thousand feet up in the air around all these white people.
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In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

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