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One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
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Sep 22, 2012

really liked it
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Read in May, 2011

This book is a really great book for all girls between ages 9-12. The book "One Crazy Summer," follows three young sisters as they travel from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, in the summer of 1968, to meet Cecile, the mother who abandoned them seven years ago.

Since Cecile wants nothing to do with them, the girls find themselves joining a summer camp hosted by the revolutionary group, The Black Panthers. The story portrays a tumultuous time in American history during The Civil Rights Movement. It will take you on an emotional roller coaster; its funny, sad, and thought-provoking. A great read!

The book appeals to readers because it takes a look at American history from the perspective of African-American children. It also touches on topics such as abandonment by a parent, the responsibility of the oldest child to take on the role of mother, and what freedom meant for African-Americans during the 1960's.

This book won the Coretta Scott King Award and was a Newbery Honor.
You could use this book when studying African-American literature or history. It could be read when studying the Civil Rights Movement.

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