Book 7: ONE CRAZY SUMMER

Rita Williams-Garcia takes us back to one of the most tumultuous times in American and African-American history, summer of 1968, the height of the black power movement. Delphine and her sisters visit their mother in Oakland and are shunted off into a Black Panther summer school because their mother doesn’t want to have anything to do with them. The girls get an education from the Black Panthers despite their resistance, and a relationship with their mother despite her resistance by the end of their month-long visit. the narrator, 12 year old Delphine is as entertaining as she is intelligent. It’s a wonderful read, but you don’t have to take my word for it. ONE CRAZY SUMMER won the Coretta Scott King award this year, the Scott O’Dell award for historical fiction, and was a finalist for both the Newbery and the National Book Award. That’s a lot of medals for one cover.

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