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Gaither Sisters Books

In order from One Crazy Summer to Gone Crazy in Alabama
One Crazy Summer
P.S. Be Eleven
Gone Crazy in Alabama
One Crazy Summer
P.S. Be Eleven
chapter • 240 Pages
One Crazy Summer
#1 in Series
Book #1

One Crazy Summer

Written and illustrated by Rita Williams-Garcia
8 - 12
Reading age
240
Page count
190
Words per page
Dec 27, 2011
Publication date
Physical book
$7.99
$7.43

Summary

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 1968 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 imagined. While 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 summer. This 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 P.S. Be Eleven and Gone Crazy in Alabama. Readers 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 Summer. This novel was the first featured title for Marley D’s Reading Party, launched after the success of #1000BlackGirlBooks. 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”

Primary Tags

prejudice and racismfamily problemsmother-daughter relationshipscivil rights movement

Gaither Sisters Series

Published from 2011 - 2015
3 books
chapter • 240 Pages
One Crazy Summer
Physical book
$7.99$7.43
chapter • 304 Pages
P.S. Be Eleven
#2 in Series
Physical book
$7.99$7.43
chapter • 304 Pages
Gone Crazy in Alabama
#3 in Series
Physical book
$16.99$15.80
Year#TitlePages
20111One Crazy Summer240
20152P.S. Be Eleven304
20153Gone Crazy in Alabama304

The Creative Behind the Books

    Author & Illustrator
    Rita Williams-Garcia

    Rita Williams-Garcia’s Newbery Honor-winning novel, One Crazy Summer, was a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller. The sequel, P.S. Be Eleven, was also a Coretta Scott King Award winner and an ALA Notable Children’s Book for Middle Readers. She is also the author of six distinguished novels for young adults: Jumped, a National Book Award finalist; No Laughter Here, Every Time a Rainbow Dies (a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book), and Fast Talk on a Slow Track (all ALA Best Books for Young Adults); Blue Tights; and Like Sisters on the Homefront, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Rita Williams-Garcia lives in Jamaica, New York, is on the faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children & Young Adults Program, and has two adult daughters, Stephanie and Michelle, and a son-in-law, Adam.

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