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One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
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Feb 15, 11

bookshelves: juvenille-fiction
Read in February, 2011

This is a historical piece of fiction that was just named as Newbery Honor book for this year. The story follows 3 sisters who travel from New York City to Oakland CA during the summer of 1968 to spend a month with their mother who left them when they were little. They get quite an education from their time in Oakland including involvement with the Black Panthers.

I didn't "love" the story. While I think it is an interesting time period and place to set a historical piece, nothing was really fleshed out or developed. They become somewhat involved with the Black Panthers but the book never explores who they were or what their role in the Civil Rights movement was. And if the book was meant to explore the girl's relationship with their mother (or lack of), that was never fully developed or resolved. I enjoyed reading the book but left wondering what the author's purpose was and feeling that I had missed the point.
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