One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer In the summer of 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 w
  • Title: One Crazy Summer
  • Author: Rita Williams-Garcia
  • ISBN: 9780060760885
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One Crazy Summer
    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 caIn 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.In a humorous and breakout book by Williams Garcia, the Penderwicks meet the Black Panthers.
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    One Crazy Summer Aug , One Crazy Summer PG h min Comedy, Romance August USA Trailer VIDEOS IMAGES An aspiring teenage cartoonist and his friends come to the aid of a singer trying to save her family property from developers. One Crazy Summer Williams Garcia, Rita Set during one of the most tumultuous years in recent American history, One Crazy Summer is the heartbreaking, funny tale of three girls who travel to Oakland, California, in in search of the mother who abandoned them It s an unforgettable story told by a distinguished author of books for children and teens, Rita Williams Garcia. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia, Paperback Dec , One Crazy Summer, written by Rita Williams Garcia is a story about three girls, Vonetta, Fern and Delphine travel to Oakland, California to see their mother, who ran out four years before Delphine is the oldest and cares for her other sisters Fern One Crazy Summer Rotten Tomatoes Audience Reviews for One Crazy Summer Sep , A hilarious movie from Savage Steve Holland, director of Better Off Dead, which also starred Cusack This movie is a bit goofy, but it s got One Crazy Summer Gaither Sisters, by Rita Williams Garcia One Crazy Summer was a quick, well written middle grade novel about sisters who get shipped across the country to Oakland, California and end up spending the summer at a Black Panther Day Camp It was cool seeing the Panthers depicted in a wa . stars rounded down One Crazy Summer One Crazy Summer novel One Crazy Summer Summary and Study Guide SuperSummary One Crazy Summer, a Coretta Scott King Book Award winner and National Book Award nominee, is a historical novel for children that was published in by Rita Williams Garcia This guide is based on the Amistad HarperCollins Kindle edition. One Crazy Summer Summary eNotes In Rita Williams Garcia s One Crazy Summer, if the book has a villain, why was his or her punishment justified The book One Crazy Summer is a part of which series One Crazy Summer Summary Shmoop One Crazy Summer Summary When Delphine and her two younger sisters, Fern and Vonetta, head out to Oakland to meet up with their runaway mom after four years, they re not sure what to expect Will Cecile greet them with a big hug Yeah, nope.

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  • Rita Williams-Garcia

    I was born in Queens, N.Y, on April 13, 1957 My mother, Miss Essie, named me NoMo immediately after my birth Although I was her last child, I took my time making my appearance I like to believe I was dreaming up a good story and wouldn t budge until I was finished Even now, my daughters call me Pokey Mom , because I slow poke around when they want to go go go I learned to read early, and was aware of events going on as I grew up in the 60s In the midst of real events, I daydreamed and wrote stories Writing stories for young people is my passion and my mission Teens will read They hunger for stories that engage them and reflect their images and experiences Author of four award winning novels, Rita Williams Garcia continues to break new ground in young people s literature Known for their realistic portrayal of teens of color, Williams Garcia s works have been recognized by the Coretta Scott King Award Committee, PEN Norma Klein, American Library Association, and Parents Choice, among others She recently served on the National Book Award Committee for Young People s Literature and is on faculty at Vermont College MFA Writing for Children and Young People.

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  • I do not ordinarily read middle grade books unless I am sharing them with my grandson, but I was drawn to this beautiful book initially because of its subject matter children in Oakland during the early days of the Black Panther Party But this book is so much than its historical setting I fell head over heels in love with the narrator of this book, Delphine, and her younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern With a group here on , I recently reread the wonderful short story collection Gorilla, My Love b [...]



  • When I heard that teen author Rita Williams Garcia had written a middle grade novel for kids I wasn t moved one way or another I don t read teen books Couldn t say I knew much of the woman s work When I heard that her book was about the Black Panthers, however, my interest was piqued Black Panthers, eh The one political group so difficult to write about that you can t find them in a single children s book aside from The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon, of course So what was her take How was s [...]


  • It s 1968, and 11 year old Delphine Gaither has her hands full playing mother to her two little sisters, 9 year old Vonetta, and 7 year old Fern She lives in Brooklyn with her father and his prim, old fashioned mother, called Big Ma Where s the girls mother Cecile Johnson abandoned the family before Delphine turned 5 Now Pa thinks the three Gaither girls should spend a month this summer with their long lost mother in Oakland, California And it will be one crazy summer.You see, Cecile, now going [...]


  • Important topic YesWriting FabulousCharacters EngagingNewbery material Well, I suppose since adults are the ones to vote, then yes Probably But if kids were voting, I m not sure this book would make the Newbery radar I started reading it to my kids and ended up finishing it myself Normally when kids have an awful, self centered mother or parent figure in children s literature, there is a candy house or 7 little men to make up for it Not so in this book Cecile never seemed to come around to her o [...]


  • This is one of those one chapter and then I l clean the kitchen, throw some clothes in the washer, take a shower, etc kind of books I loved it I think Rita Williams Garcia is a fantastic writer and she derserves all the awards and honors she got for this book This is the first book of hers book I ve read but it won t be the last The story is fascinating 3 girls travel to California during the summer of 1968 to stay with the mother who abandoned them years before and the setting is atmospheric I [...]


  • Wow, what a trip, as we used to say back in 68 Did this ever bring me back to the summer of 1968 I was not an African American eleven year old girl visiting Oakland, but I was a fourteen year old white Jewish girl across the bay living in San Francisco There was a chapter that takes place in San Francisco.So, the author got one thing wrong about Oakland no, there are no hills at all in that part of town and maybe one thing about San Francisco wrong I don t think there were palm trees in that loc [...]


  • loved it fun read and perfect for young girls and boys i wish i had this kind of book when i was a kid but i m content knowing that my daughter does by the end, as an adult reader, i had the warm fuzzies.


  • I have mixed feelings about this book It does several things successfully Sister relationships, kids who have to take on extra responsibility at a young age, homeless teens, and political action in America in the 1960s And all within a palatable mid elementary storyline I worry, though, that kids far removed from that time and place will somehow get the picture that the black panthers condoned abandoning your children The panther characters in this book seem angry, dogmatic, and tone deaf to the [...]


  • Delphine is growing up under tough circumstances She is the de facto leader of her little family Her sisters look up to her Her mom left the family years ago, but now Delphine and her sisters are going to stay with her for the summer I kind of loved the depiction of this very nontraditional mother Delphine s mom is politically active, professional, creative, stylish, and not particularly interested in her children The neglect is awful, of course, but I think it s healthy to see moms who do not f [...]


  • Simply wonderful A truly beautiful book, and sadly, the issues of racism, poverty, and inequality are still current An important book that I will be having my 10yo read next so that we can discuss it.


  • One Crazy Summer is a refreshing, beautifully written middle grade historical fiction novel set in 1960s Oakland, California The characters are incredibly well written and unforgettable, and not without their flaws Delphine, our leading character is fascinating, as is Cecile Nzila, her estranged mother This story also deals with pretty heavy subjects, primarily involving racism in a turbulent time and place and it does a good job of handling the topic and not sugar coating difficult situations I [...]


  • This book was terrific I ve never read anything by this author, and decided to check it out based on its cover The girls looked so strong and I had to know where they were going.I found myself pulled immediately into the narrative Delphine, the eldest of three sisters, has such a mature voice for an 11 year old, and her sense of responsibility and integrity shine through her words I liked how she managed her two younger sisters moods and behaviours, and functioned as their mother, essentially, w [...]


  • Update Here s my full review bookishrealmreviews 20This book was phenomenal I really enjoyed it It definitely weaves in some interesting aspects of history I had no idea how involved children were in the Black Panther Party I knew about it s origins and it s most prominent members however, I had no idea that children played such a significant role in doing small things for the party such as coloring in protest signs, organizing party newspapers, and protesting and performing at protests What I r [...]


  • This book has one of the rarest characters in literature, especially among children s stories Cecile, self named Nzilla, is a poet, an artist, a printer, a Black Panther, and a crazy mother who abandoned her three children I personally loved this book Delphine is easy to empathize with, through her confusions and her pride Nzilla is a beautiful artist that refuses to play by the rules called out for her, and instead transforms herself to become who she wills herself to be The writing is rich and [...]


  • I am reviewing the author instead of the book.Rita Williams Garcia is deeply committed to her work and her readers I offered this book to my students because it had strong reviews and my students seemed interested in it When we started reading it, my 6th grade students raised some questions about the words colored, black, and Negro that appear in the book I answered the questions as best I could, but then I thought, hey, what does the author think these words mean I searched for Williams Garcia [...]


  • Maybe 2 1 2 stars because I really liked the relationship between the three sisters The book takes place in 1968 and three sisters are sent from Brooklyn, NY to Oakland, CA to stay with their mother, who left when they were babies Their mother doesn t want them there, so I can t imagine why their father thought this was a good idea She s a bad mother That s it No redeeming qualities at all unless you count that she s a poet who cares about her poetry than anyone around her and tell me, how can [...]


  • Delphine 11 , Vonetta 9 , and Fern 7 are sent to spend a month in the summer with their mother, Cecile, who abandoned them when Fern was just an infant Delphine is in charge of herding the girls across country from Brooklyn to Oakland and making sure the younger sisters behave and don t act like a big Negro spectacle Upon arrival Cecile immediately lets the girls know that she doesn t want them there and that they better not bother her peace and quiet Instead of spending time with them, she send [...]


  • This was so great it s going on to the virtual shelf of MG books that present difficult, even painful family dynamics with a light and humorous touch Delphine is wonderful, and the time and place beautifully depicted It was also great to learn about the type of summer camp the Black Panthers ran in many communities I especially loved the way we see Delphine finally able to voice her anger at her mother for leaving, and know that s not the end of it Just one small quote I wouldn t be exaggerating [...]


  • I really enjoyed this historical fiction novel because of the history I learned It centered mostly on the Black Panthers in the late 1960s, which I knew little about The author incorporated many tools to really show teach the time period As for the fiction side, I liked that it came from the perspective of children who knew little about the Black Panthers, and also went on an adventure to discover about their mother Another thing I enjoyed about the book was the many historical people that Rita [...]


  • This book is a dramatic revisionist history of the Black Panther Party The book is not particularly well written and most of the facts are incorrect There is a sudden, sentimental, and entirely unbelievable character change at the end Serious, hard working and loving characters are disparaged A mother who abandoned her husband and three children to become a poet and find herself is presented positively.I read this children s book as a potential Newbery winner I think, unfortunately, it may be a [...]


  • Excellent novel for middle grade readers in particular to learn about the sixties and the Black Panthers Fast enjoyable read and full of a lot of sentiment and humour Check out my in depth review didibooksenglish.wordpress



  • When Rita Williams Garcia visited the Tween Media Literacy class I co taught this past fall as a guest speaker, she dubbed her latest effort The Penderwicks meets The Black Panthers, and I can t think of a apt description than that The world of 1960 s activism and the Black Power movement is seen through the eyes of eleven year old Delphine, who, along with her two younger sisters, are visiting their mother for the first time in the summer of 1968 Cecile abandoned the family when the girls were [...]


  • This didn t just blow my socks off it blew them through space and time This book was a TOTAL SOCK OBLITERATING EXPERIENCE.11 year old Delphine and her two younger sisters are sent to Oakland from Brooklyn for a month during the summer of 1968 to meet their mother, Cecile, who walked out when the youngest was a newborn Turns out Cecile, who now goes by Nzila, wants nothing to do with her daughters who live with their dad and grandmother she s now a poet and an associate of the Black Panthers who [...]


  • I ve heard so many wonderful things about this book since it won the Newbery Honor, I m embarrassed to admit it s taken me this long to read it However, as I d avoided any reviews that seemed spoilery I had no clear idea of what the story was about, except for the story of three sisters growing up in the 1960 s and having some sort of summer adventure.In short, I had no idea what a fascinating, surprising, soul searching story was ahead of me, and I m even happy now that I went in unspoiled, be [...]



  • There s something so refreshing to me about books in which the parents aren t perfect, earnest, cookie cutter, or generic Often in children s books, the parents are by far the least interesting characters, which is just not right considering the huge importance parents have in a child s life And even though children may often take their parents for granted, that doesn t mean the reader must.In One Crazy Summer, 11 year old Delphine sure doesn t take her mom for granted Cecile left Delphine, her [...]


  • Despite taking place in the context of a dysfunctional family in the volatile and violent Civil Rights era of the late 1960 s, this was actually a sweet, almost sentimental tale, wrapped in tender care for its young African American protagonists as they try to make their way in a confusing world And a confusing world it is their mother left them when they were all under four years old, and they are visiting her for the first time in Oakland, CA, during the summer of 1968, right after Martin Luth [...]


  • I really fell hard for this book I reviewed it for TeensReadToo and it recieve a Gold Star award from me I loved it that much It s hard to express how wonderful this book is and how much I adored it I was pretty sure I would enjoy since I had been hearing a positive buzz around this book But I was completely unexpected for how much this book would pull me in and not let go I couldn t put it down.This is a quiet book It s not an action filled book, and there wasn t any suspense that made me keep [...]


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