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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 s contact info, and eventually came up with an aol address that was prefaced by a warning not to trouble her with your book reports I wrote her an email about the situation, but my hopes were not high, given my previous failure to contact my childhood hero Daniel Pinkwater through his website and having Kate DiCamillo ignore my question about the Despair Squid from the British SF show Red Dwarf.Williams Garcia is passionate about the issues in her books, and she wrote a thorough, heartfelt response to my class question I can t overstate how empowering it is for 6th graders that an author treated their question seriously and sincerely They received the message that they should read critically, understand history, and advocate for themselves They also learned that they were ready to start talking about grown up issues.As far as the book itself, I have some discomfort with it Specifically, I think the Black Panthers are portrayed too positively, and the police are portrayed too negatively However, I am encouraged by Williams Garcia s affirmation that students should challenge the books they read My students have enjoyed this book, and they are discussing topics and ideas that I ve never seen 6th graders handle before. 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 by the revolutionary name of Nzila, is much devoted to her poetry and the Black Panther led revolution than she is to her own family, in which she literally has no interest She shuffles the girls, used to a pretty staid existence in Brooklyn, off to a Black Panther summer camp to keep them out of her way Serious, self sacrificing Delphine, already too grown up for her age, finds herself having to take care of her sisters pretty much on her own Although already resentful of the mother who preferred a life without children to hamper her art and her freedom, Delphine never expected the cold reception she and her sisters received One Crazy Summer is one part the tale of a family torn apart, but it s also a glimpse into the early days of the Black Panther movement and a reminder of what life was life for African Americans no so very long ago In addition, the novel serves as a glimpse into the mind of a perceptive, moral and very intelligent young girl who is wise beyond her years and who knows it s because she has to be.And as for Cecile I have to agree with Delphine s sentiment on the first day of meeting her mother in Oakland I didn t want to say Big Ma was right Cecile was no kind of mother Cecile didn t want us Cecile was crazy I didn t have to view spoiler The poet formerly known as Cecile Johnson seethes with revolutionary fervor, admittedly essential for social change I get that But no mother should tell her children to their faces that she should have aborted them even if she harbors that feeling in her heart And no one man nor woman should feel that the only way to assist the revolution is by criminally neglecting his or her children Ruth First and Joe Slovo managed to lead the ANC struggle in South Africa without abandoning their children like unwanted kittens I think Nzila, nee Cecile, could have followed the example of Ruth First, who was feeling the same pulls between family and justice during the same years.Did her only terrible, abusive upbringing justify a selfishness that led her to abandon three children one still on the breast because she couldn t get her own way Cecile may think so, but I can t agree, even if she succeeds, at least partially, in gaining Delphine s sympathy hide spoiler [Read Kindle] ♖ One Crazy Summer ♷ In This Newbery Honor Novel, New York Times Bestselling Author Rita Williams Garcia Tells The Story Of Three Sisters Who Travel To Oakland, California, In To Meet The Mother Who Abandoned Them This Vibrant And Moving Award Winning Novel Has Heart To Spare Eleven Year Old Delphine Is Like A Mother To Her Two Younger Sisters, Vonetta And Fern She S Had To Be, Ever Since Their Mother, Cecile, Left Them Seven Years Ago For A Radical New Life In California But When The Sisters Arrive From Brooklyn To Spend The Summer With Their Mother, Cecile Is Nothing Like They ImaginedWhile The Girls Hope To Go To Disneyland And Meet Tinker Bell, Their Mother Sends Them To A Day Camp Run By The Black Panthers Unexpectedly, Delphine, Vonetta, And Fern Learn Much About Their Family, Their Country, And Themselves During One Truly Crazy SummerThis Moving, Funny Novel Won The Scott O Dell Award For Historical Fiction And The Coretta Scott King Award And Was A National Book Award Finalist Delphine, Vonetta, And Fern S Story Continues In PS Be Eleven And Gone Crazy In AlabamaReaders Who Enjoy Christopher Paul Curtis S The Watsons Go To Birmingham And Jacqueline Woodson S Brown Girl Dreaming Will Find Much To Love In One Crazy SummerThis Novel Was The First Featured Title For Marley D S Reading Party, Launched After The Success Of BlackGirlBooks Maria Russo, In A New York Times List Of Great Kids Books With Diverse Characters, Called It Witty And Original Brightly, In Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich S Article Knowing Our History To Build A Brighter Future Books To Help Kids Understand The Fight For Racial Equality 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 own flesh and blood I kept thinking there d be a point where she would wake up and develop a shred of human decency, but she didn t And maybe it has something to do with the fact that I was an oldest child who was given responsibility for my younger siblings I didn t always want, but poor 11 year Delphine being forced to take over the roll of mother to her two little sisters really boiled my blood Not fair Her responsible nature was exploited at the expense of her childhood I realize I m missing the point the story was trying to make about the unfair struggles that went on in the black community in Oakland in the 70 s Maybe the idea was for the reader to draw the parallel between the unfairness of Delphine having the world s suckiest mom and the unfairness of the African American person s daily struggle to be treated civilly and with human decency Both situations were maddening and made no sense.How could Pa and Big Ma send their three little girls across the country to spend an unsupervised summer with a woman they knew full well had not one ounce of motherly love The story definitely had it s moments of triumph, like when Delphine was finally allowed in the kitchen to cook a regular meal for her sisters, the day trip into San Francisco, or when Fern ratted out Crazy Kelvin with her poem I was just so overwhelmed with dislike for Cecile and anger at Delphine s lot to enjoy this story as I should have Could it be that that was the point At any rate, I don t think Cecile deserved that hug at the end Surely not. 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 location, but I could have just forgotten, I suppose Otherwise, much of the locale and time period seemed authentic.This story definitely fits on my orphaned and quasi orphaned kids shelf.I really liked Delphine the narrator, at 11 going on 12 and the oldest of 3 sisters who live in Brooklyn, New York with their father and paternal grandmother, and who go to visit their birth mother in Oakland, a woman who abandoned them when they were very young.I thought most of the story rang true It was a bit on the edge of seeming realistic at times, yet so was my life at a certain point in time, so I bought it The ending seemed not quite right but I can think of many other endings that would have worked even less well I am glad that Delphine got some answers, very glad, and knowing what Delphine learns does give credence and depth to what happened with this family, and why Cecile did what she did and why she was the person she became I love the sisters relationships with one another, especially how the oldest is most irritated by her middle sister but feels as though she knows her well, compared to how she loves her little sister even though she s a bit of a mystery to her, and then how the two youngest fight with one another it all seemed very genuine The narrator really got across what it felt like to be a minority She counts other African American then going by black or colored people in various locations I ve been a minority only a few times, including two school experiences, but during those I definitely noted who else was like me and was highly aware of my minority status.This is a fine book for kids who enjoy historical fiction novels with a bit of adventure and novels with a believable child narrator The story is sad in many ways, but it isn t depressing.I read this now because I think the Children s Books group is going to read this book as one of their January selections It s got quite a long hold list at the library so I read it as soon as I was able to get a copy.Edited to add Oh, and this book is very funny 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 loved reading about the Black Panthers, and even hearing the names of TV shows brought back memories of my childhood I had just turned 4 during the summer of 1968 All three girls are delightful but the oldest, Delphine, is especially strong, smart, sassy and funny Her maturity and her relationship with her younger sisters is inspiring I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages. 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 needs of the actual people in front of them other than food The reasons for their political movement and the history behind them are only briefly touched upon The ending also implies that everything is now okay Delphine s mother may have told the story of her hard life it explains, but does not erase, the hardness she has shown her girls While reading, I kept making connections to the memoir by Alice Walker s daughter who wrote about living between two worlds, coasts, and parents I also have to admit that I can t help reading stories like this through my own experience of airline shuttling with siblings to parents whose attention was elsewhere, riding buses to pools and stores and other parts of the city alone at 8 and 11 It sounds free and adventurous and full of potential glamour but, for kids under certain age, it just feels unmoored. 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. 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 she going to do it But the thing is, One Crazy Summer is than merely a historical tale It s a story about family and friendships and self sacrifice There are so many ideas floating about this little novel that you d think it would end up some kind of unholy mess Instead, it s funny and painful and just a little bit brilliant One Crazy Summer is a book that s going to earn itself a lot of fans And a lot of them are going to be kids.Eleven going on twelve Delphine has always kept a sharp eye on her little nine and seven year old sisters Vonetta and Fern That s because their mother left them seven years ago and never came back again Cecile Johnson mammal birth giver, alive, an abandoner is our mother A statement of fact So when their father packs them on a plane and sends them to Oakland, California to see Cecile, their mom, the girls have no idea what to expect Certainly they didn t think she d just leave them in a kind of daycare over the summer run by members of the Black Panthers And they probably didn t expect that their mother would want near to nothing to do with them, save the occasional meal and admonishment to keep out of her kitchen Only Delphine knew what might happen, and she makes it her mission to not only take care of her siblings, no matter how crazy they make her, but also to negotiate the tricky waters that surround the woman who gave her up so long ago.The whole reason this novel works is because author Rita Williams Garcia has a fantastic story that also happens to meld seamlessly into the summer of 1968 I ve been complaining for years that when it comes to the Black Panthers, there wasn t so much as a page of literature out there for kids on the topic except the aforementioned The Rock and the River and even that s almost teen fare Now One Crazy Summer is here Certainly I don t know how Ms Williams Garcia set about writing the darn thing, but if she had stridently set about to teach without taking into consideration the essentials of good storytelling, this book would have sank like a stone Instead, she infuses this tale with danger, characters you want to take a turn about the block with, and the heat of an Oakland sun.I mean, take the people in this book Someone once sold this story to me as The Penderwicks meets the Black Panthers and for the longest time I couldn t figure out why they d said it Then I started thinking back to the sisters Ms Wiliams Garcia must have sisters She must How else to explain the dynamic between Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern So it all became clear If you love the family dynamics of The Penderwicks, you ll probably find yourself loving the same thing here Of course, when your heroine is an upright citizen like Delphine there is a danger of making her too goody goody to like But this girl isn t like that She has a duty that she believes in taking care of her sisters and she ll do it, even when they fight each other Even when they team up against HER The sheer unfairness of what Delphine has to handle, and the cheery lack of complaining aside from the occasional and very understandable grumble makes you care for her Her interactions with her mother are what make you love her.Because this mother is a pip Cecile throws a wrench and a couple of other metal objects besides, I d wager into the good guy bad guy way of looking at things For kids, she s a pretty clear cut villain from page one onward And adults who have enough historical understand to be clear on why she does some of the things she does still won t like her I wouldn t even be surprised if some parents referred to her as the world s worst mother She isn t really, but many a parent s ire will be raised when they see how she refuses to call her daughter Fern by her name out of spite, or refuses to so much as look her own daughters for a while Heck, this may be the only book where the phrase, Should have gone to Mexico to get rid of you when I had the chance, comes from the lips of a parental unit not that any kid in the world would decipher what it means Under normal circumstances, when you get a kid talking about the selfishness of their parent at the beginning of a book they turn out to be wrong in the end So naturally I was waiting on tenterhooks for much of this book to see if Cecile would be perfectly redeemed by the story s end Williams Garcia never wraps anything up with a cute little bow, but she gives you closure with Cecile and maybe a drop of understanding It s a far better solution.Williams Garcia will even use character development to place the story within the context of its time The opinionated Big Ma who raised the three girls gives her thoughts on any matter rain or shine Delphine then lists them, and kids are treated to a quickie encapsulation of life in 68 Pretty sneaky Teaches em when they re not looking And one of those very topics is the Black Panther party I was very pleased with how Williams Garcia sought to define that group She dispels misconceptions and rumors Delphine herself often has to come to grips with her initial perceptions and the actual truths As for the rest of the time period itself, little details spotted throughout the book make 1968 feel real For example, the girls play a game where they count the number of black characters on television shows and commercials Or the one time Delphine had felt truly scared, when a police officer in Alabama pulled her father over.And, I m sorry You can make amazing, believable characters all day if you want to, but there s to writing than just that This writer doesn t just conjure up people She has a way with a turn of a phrase Three Black Panthers talking with Cecile are, Telling it like it is, like talking was their weapon Later Cecile tells her eldest daughter, It wouldn t kill you to be selfish, Delphine This book is a pleasure to cast your eyes over.There is a moment near the end of the book when Fern recites a poem that is just so good that I couldn t seriously believe that a seven year old would be able to pull it off So I mentioned this fact to a teacher and a librarian and found myself swiftly corrected Oh no, said the librarian Seven is when kids are at their most shockingly creative It s only later that they start worrying about whether or not it s any good So I m willing to believe that Fern s poem could have happened Otherwise, I certainly would have appreciated an Author s Note at the end with information about the Black Panthers for kids who wanted to learn And I was also left wondering where Delphine got her name She spends a bit of time agonizing over that question, why her mother named her that, and never really finds out Some kind of explanation there would have been nice.It was teacher Monica Edinger who pointed out that One Crazy Summer pairs strangely well with Cosmic if you look at them in terms of fathers on the Cosmic side and mothers One Crazy Summer s focus That s one theme for the book, but you could pluck out so many if you wanted to Race and family and forgiveness and growth Everyone grows in this book Everyone learns But you ll have so much fun reading it you might not even notice You might just find yourself happily ensconced in the world of Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern without ever wishing to leave it If this is how Ms Williams Garcia writes books for kids, then she better stop writing all that teen fare and crank a couple like this one Kids are gonna dig it.Ages 9 12. Well, that gave me a whole lotta feels.