Saturday, January 21, 2012

One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (not to be confused with the 1980's movie of the same name starring Demi Moore and John Cusack) was one of my favorite books of 2010.  With its list of awards and honors including:
2011 Coretta Scott King Award Winner
2011 Newbery Honor Book
2011 Scott O’Dell Prize for Historical Fiction
(just to name a few), and Williams-Garcia's history of writing excellent books, I don't even have to tell you that this book is extremely well-written.

It is 1968, and Delphine and her two sisters leave New York to spend the summer in Oakland with their mother, who abandoned them when they were very young.  As their mother does not seem very interested in mothering them, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern eat a lot of take-out Chinese food, and spend their summer at a Black Panther summer camp.  Weaving in history with the story of an adolescent girl figuring out where she fits in the world, this book is a must-read.

Try also:

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm
Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez
The Dreamer by
The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
Heart of a Samurai by Morgi Preus

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