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One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
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Feb 19, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011-newbery, children, project-trece, 2013-caudill
Read in February, 2011

The summer of 1968 through Delphine's eyes...

Delphine is a lovable girl who is wise and responsible beyond her 11 years. She was forced into a motherly role when her mother left her and her two younger sisters to pursue life as a poet. The girls live in New York with their father and grandmother. Life is good until dad decides it is time for his daughters to get to know their mother for the summer. He sends them to Oakland where their mother is not happy to see them and enrolls them in summer camp with the black panthers. Delphine is a survivor and she makes sure her sisters are safe. Meanwhile, she learns a lot from the black panthers and grows to understand her mother, becoming even stronger during the summer of 68.

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Jackie good for you getting through all the newberys! I am still trying to finish up the caudills for 2011!

Joan I still have two more. This one is the best so far.

I know you are busy with Bluestem.

How are you and family?

Jackie Everyone is ok here. How about your family?
Bluestem is over for another year. We wrapped up January 29th. This list is out. It certainly is a great experience.

Joan Bluestem is great this year! I love the combination of classics, new books, and "meaty" picture books. We have a whole new generation hooked on the Bunnicula series. We also rediscovered the Bunnicula series for younger readers.

Not only did I enjoy reading them, but students are devouring them. They are such a great alternative for kids who are lower readers or not mature enough for some of the Caudill material. We have a combined pizza party at the end of the school year and nobody needs to know who read what. They are all proud to be there. This year I am working closely with special ed teacher to find ways for her students to participate.

Thanks for all your effort in compiling the list.

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