One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer

Book - 2010
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Dec 07, 2020

Reading this book as a child opened my eyes to what it might have been like if I were a black girl living during the civil rights movement. To realize that there were so many problems the world had with skin color. Their mom had abandoned them, and when they arrived to see her, her personality was distant, flippant, and uninterested. They didn't really understand her way of living. When they started going to black panther day camps they also felt like they didn't know what was going on. But really, their mom introduced them to a life of never being quiet towards oppressors and to stand up for the liberation of their people.

JCLChrisK Oct 11, 2020

A very human story of three sisters thriving in some pretty extraordinary circumstances.

Jul 16, 2020

Rita Williams-Garcia wrote One Crazy Summer in 2010 about three sisters - Delphine an eleven-year-old and her two younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern. The sisters live in New York with there Dan and grand mother and this summer the three children are flying to Oakland, California to spend a month with there mom who hasn’t seen them in years. Their mother is not happy about the girls coming. Yet, they come and find a way to navigate this ‘crazy summer’. The book touches on some of the political and social realities of 1968.
Williams-Garcia is an accomplished writer.

Oct 04, 2019

This book is so funny! I love the girls' attitudes and sassiness. Especially Vonetta's. This was an intriguing plot and I wish I hadn't read it so I can read it again!!

teal_librarian Jun 24, 2019

One of the kids in the Society of Bookworms book club recommended this book to me and I’m so glad she did! Even though it takes place in the past, it really resonates with what is happening now. #PACT2019

Apr 20, 2019

An engaging, readable, award-winning book. I think it could be a very good choice for family and classroom discussions. The author takes us back to the 1960's; among the actors of the time were the Black Panthers. (I remember those times well.) The importance of responsibilities for family vs. responsibilities for social action is a key element of the story.

LPL_VanessaR Mar 01, 2019

Have you ever been graced with the Oakland sun? Well, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern don’t feel much of the warmth when they arrive at their mother’s home. A self-proclaimed poet, Cecile, who never wanted much to do with motherhood, sends them to the People’s Center, a Black Panther Day camp. There they learn a lot more about themselves, their mother, and about the good deeds the party does for their community. Set in the 1960s, during the Civil Rights era, you will discover complicated family history and ways that the Black Panther Party united it’s community while teaching young and old to stand up for their rights. Plus, the sisters will keep you flipping each page, with their wit, humor, and sisterly banter.

OPL_MichelleC Feb 27, 2019

This book blew me away. Told from the perspective of the oldest sisters, this is the story of three sisters spending the summer with their estranged mother. The sisters attend a Black Panther day camp and learn about their rights, their bond as sisters, who their mother is, and the power of their own voices. I HIGHLY recommend.

Dec 04, 2017

You might want to wear some flowers in your hair, because this book will take you to San Francisco, 1968! The book is peopled with Black Panthers, hippies, and poets of the revolution. But it's not so much a book about history as it is a book about three sisters having a summer adventure, meeting new friends, and forging a relationship with the mother who abandoned them several years earlier. I recommend this book for tweens, teens, and adults--everyone will get something out of it. It's especially good for poetry-lovers, since poetry plays an important part in the story.

Jun 21, 2016

This was a really good book! I thought the author did an excellent job of balancing the historical fiction aspect with the personal life of the main character, Delphine.

Jul 14, 2015

I love this book. It has a very cute story.

Feb 18, 2015

In the midst of the 1960's and the Civil Rights Movement, three young African-American sisters are flown from Brooklyn, NY to Oakland, CA to spend a month with the poet-mother who abandoned them six years ago. But instead of bonding with her as they had hoped, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are sent to "summer camp" with the Black Panthers. Readers experience the girls' off-the-wall moments through the eyes of Delphine, the responsible eldest sister. This book does an excellent job of addressing differing perspectives and the possibilities for reconciliation--cultural, political, and familial. For a YA book that covers similar ground, try The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon.

nlthoma Oct 03, 2013

Wow! This book was great! What I love about this book is that a large span of ages and grades will find this book enjoyable. Also, I love the historical aspect relating to the Black Panthers that is included.

Feb 10, 2013

This book is a must read parents. I ran across this book simply while looking for chapter books to read for my class, and enjoyed the book to the fullest. I do not really know a lot about the Black Panther movement, but this book gives insight on the movement from the eyes of three sisters. Parents if you want to expose your children to a different era, which you should; this will be a great book for him or her to read. Despite the unfortunate circumstances the girls are in, the see, to make the best of what they have, and where they are.

ggbookreader Jul 30, 2012

Review title: The People's Center Summer Camp.
How would you like to go back in time to the late 1960s and see the world through the eyes of three young girls? Well, you can. Go back to 1968 with an eleven year-old, a nine year-old, and a seven year-old to experience a summer they would remember for a lifetime. Many exciting adventures are in store for the three, and you will learn all about the sights and sounds they discovered as they traveled from the East coast to the West coast. *Informative. *Revealing. *Insightful. **Gives a look into childhood from different perspectives.

ridgerocks1218 Jun 12, 2012

This book was rocking' like crazy!

missmarcy Feb 16, 2011

Black Panthers. Unloving poet mother WAW nominee

LibrarianJan Dec 29, 2010

This is my favorite, so far, of the books I've read from many of the Mock Newbery lists that are out there. The three sisters are distinct characters. Some beautiful, poetic passages in places in the story.

This book, compared to the moving first novel by Kekla Magoon from last year, The Rock and the River , is a younger introduction to the Black Panthers, too. While a story of three young girls, abandoned by their mother may not be upbeat, the sisters do come to a believable understanding of their mother and it has a realistic, if not happily ever after ending.

Mar 07, 2010

Stellar. Best realistic children's fiction book I've read in ages, with all the power of a book like *The Great Gilly Hopkins* against an intriguing historical backdrop. Read this one!

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