Book View: One Crazy Summer

Book View: One Crazy SummerOne Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Published by Amistad on January 26th 2010
Pages: 218

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.

In a humorous and breakout book by Williams-Garcia, the Penderwicks meet the Black Panthers.Amis

Short & Sweet: Delphine and her younger sisters Vonette and Fern are going to visit their mother in Oakland, California for a month, when they have not seen her for seven years. The summer of 1968 holds a lot in store for the girls as they find out their mother knows the Black Panthers and wants little to do with them, sending them off to spend most of their summer eating and learning at the Community Center where they work from. Delphine has to find a way to get to know their mother and find out why she abandoned them, all while taking care of her two younger sisters. One Crazy Summer deserved all the awards it was given. Delphine’s voice in this novel expresses the thoughts of a girl who has been burdened with the questions left after her mother abandons her family. She acts much older than her 11 years, taking charge of the situation when her mother decides she wants nothing to do with the girls while they are staying there.

Final Verdict: This highly well written and award-decorated novel should be in place in every school. The setting and the subject matter within elicit a fantastic story that should be read, shared and discussed when talking about the late 1960s.
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