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One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
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Dec 20, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: children-fiction, civil-rights, historical, single-parent-family, russia, caudill-2013, coretta-scott-king-award, newbery-honor-book, scott-odell-award
Read on December 20, 2010

It's a crazy, volatile time during the summer of 1968...the Black Panther Organization makes news with their civil rights reformation making headlines. In the midst of all of it, three sisters, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern travel to Oakland, California to visit a mother they know virtually nothing about. Pa, their father and Big Ma,their grandmother are at odds about the decision. Pa feels 'it's time' they got to know her. Big Ma thinks she doesn't have the right, since she walked out of all their lives when Fern was born. After arriving in Oakland, Cecile aka Nzila, wants nothing to do with her daughters and sends them off to a Black Panther Summer Camp each morning for a free breakfast and a day full of activites. There, they learn about Huey Newton, Little Bobby, and civil rights activism. But, what they want most is a mother to hold them, care for them, and love them for who they are.

Filled with flashbacks to the 60's and fiery, insightful dialogue, One Crazy Summer will introduce young readers to a period in American history when times were tense, yet the change was needed.

Used for Hiawatha School Book Talk: January, 2011.

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