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Download Doc ✓ One Crazy Summer 224 pages ↠ Dogsalonbristol ¹ [PDF / Epub] ☂ One Crazy Summer By Rita Williams-Garcia – In the summer of 1968 after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland California to spend a month with the mother they barely know eleven year old Delphine aIn the summer of after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland California to spend a month with the mother they barely know eleven year old Delphine and her When I heard that teen author Rita Williams Garcia had written a middle grade novel for kids I wasn't moved one way or another I don't read teen books Couldn't say I knew much of the woman's work When I heard that her book was about the Black Panthers however my interest was piued Black Panthers eh The one political group so difficult to write about that you can't find them in a single children's book aside from The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon of course So what was her take How was she going to do it But the thing is One Crazy Summer is than merely a historical tale It's a story about family and friendships and self sacrifice There are so many ideas floating about this little novel that you'd think it would end up some kind of unholy mess Instead it's funny and painful and just a little bit brilliant One Crazy Summer is a book that's going to earn itself a lot of fans And a lot of them are going to be kidsEleven going on twelve Delphine has always kept a sharp eye on her little nine and seven year old sisters Vonetta and Fern That's because their mother left them seven years ago and never came back again Cecile Johnson mammal birth giver alive an abandoner is our mother A statement of fact So when their father packs them on a plane and sends them to Oakland California to see Cecile their mom the girls have no idea what to expect Certainly they didn't think she'd just leave them in a kind of daycare over the summer run by members of the Black Panthers And they probably didn't expect that their mother would want near to nothing to do with them save the occasional meal and admonishment to keep out of her kitchen Only Delphine knew what might happen and she makes it her mission to not only take care of her siblings no matter how crazy they make her but also to negotiate the tricky waters that surround the woman who gave her up so long agoThe whole reason this novel works is because author Rita Williams Garcia has a fantastic story that also happens to meld seamlessly into the summer of 1968 I've been complaining for years that when it comes to the Black Panthers there wasn't so much as a page of literature out there for kids on the topic except the aforementioned The Rock and the River and even that's almost teen fare Now One Crazy Summer is here Certainly I don't know how Ms Williams Garcia set about writing the darn thing but if she had stridently set about to teach without taking into consideration the essentials of good storytelling this book would have sank like a stone Instead she infuses this tale with danger characters you want to take a turn about the block with and the heat of an Oakland sunI mean take the people in this book Someone once sold this story to me as The Penderwicks meets the Black Panthers and for the longest time I couldn't figure out why they`d said it Then I started thinking back to the sisters Ms Wiliams Garcia must have sisters She must How else to explain the dynamic between Delphine Vonetta and Fern So it all became clear If you love the family dynamics of The Penderwicks you'll probably find yourself loving the same thing here Of course when your heroine is an upright citizen like Delphine there is a danger of making her too goody goody to like But this girl isn't like that She has a duty that she believes in taking care of her sisters and she'll do it even when they fight each other Even when they team up against HER The sheer unfairness of what Delphine has to handle and the cheery lack of complaining aside from the occasional and very understandable grumble makes you care for her Her interactions with her mother are what make you love herBecause this mother is a pip Cecile throws a wrench and a couple of other metal objects besides I'd wager into the good guybad guy way of looking at things For kids she's a pretty clear cut villain from page one onward And adults who have enough historical understand to be clear on why she does some of the things she does still won't like her I wouldn't even be surprised if some parents referred to her as the world's worst mother She isn't really but many a parent's ire will be raised when they see how she refuses to call her daughter Fern by her name out of spite or refuses to so much as look her own daughters for a while Heck this may be the only book where the phrase Should have gone to Mexico to get rid of you when I had the chance comes from the lips of a parental unit not that any kid in the world would decipher what it means Under normal circumstances when you get a kid talking about the selfishness of their parent at the beginning of a book they turn out to be wrong in the end So naturally I was waiting on tenterhooks for much of this book to see if Cecile would be perfectly redeemed by the story's end Williams Garcia never wraps anything up with a cute little bow but she gives you closure with Cecile and maybe a drop of understanding It's a far better solutionWilliams Garcia will even use character development to place the story within the context of its time The opinionated Big Ma who raised the three girls gives her thoughts on any matter rain or shine Delphine then lists them and kids are treated to a uickie encapsulation of life in '68 Pretty sneaky Teaches `em when they're not looking And one of those very topics is the Black Panther party I was very pleased with how Williams Garcia sought to define that group She dispels misconceptions and rumors Delphine herself often has to come to grips with her initial perceptions and the actual truths As for the rest of the time period itself little details spotted throughout the book make 1968 feel real For example the girls play a game where they count the number of black characters on television shows and commercials Or the one time Delphine had felt truly scared when a police officer in Alabama pulled her father overAnd I'm sorry You can make amazing believable characters all day if you want to but there's to writing than just that This writer doesn't just conjure up people She has a way with a turn of a phrase Three Black Panthers talking with Cecile are Telling it like it is like talking was their weapon Later Cecile tells her eldest daughter It wouldn't kill you to be selfish Delphine This book is a pleasure to cast your eyes overThere is a moment near the end of the book when Fern recites a poem that is just so good that I couldn't seriously believe that a seven year old would be able to pull it off So I mentioned this fact to a teacher and a librarian and found myself swiftly corrected Oh no said the librarian Seven is when kids are at their most shockingly creative It's only later that they start worrying about whether or not it's any good So I'm willing to believe that Fern's poem could have happened Otherwise I certainly would have appreciated an Author's Note at the end with information about the Black Panthers for kids who wanted to learn And I was also left wondering where Delphine got her name She spends a bit of time agonizing over that uestion why her mother named her that and never really finds out Some kind of explanation there would have been niceIt was teacher Monica Edinger who pointed out that One Crazy Summer pairs strangely well with Cosmic if you look at them in terms of fathers on the Cosmic side and mothers One Crazy Summer's focus That's one theme for the book but you could pluck out so many if you wanted to Race and family and forgiveness and growth Everyone grows in this book Everyone learns But you'll have so much fun reading it you might not even notice You might just find yourself happily ensconced in the world of Delphine Vonetta and Fern without ever wishing to leave it If this is how Ms Williams Garcia writes books for kids then she better stop writing all that teen fare and crank a couple like this one Kids are gonna dig itAges 9 12

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Two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother a dedicated poet and printer is resentful of the intrusion of their vis We didn't come here for the revolution In turbulent 1968 three little girls fly to Oakland to reunite with the mother who abandoned them years before Instead of being greeted at the airport with tears and hugs they are met by an indifferent woman who sees their presence not as a chance to get reacuainted but as an interruption to her life I didn't send for you Didn't want you in the first place Should have gone to Mexico to get rid of you when I had the chance She orders them to stay out of her kitchen and banishes them from the house during the daytime so that she can continue with her mysterious work At her suggestion they spend much of the day at a local community center which turns out to be the Black Panther's summer camp What would Papa have said if he knew I was bringing Vonetta and Fern to a summer school where police cars drove by to see what we were doing While their education in the current political climate is underway they also learn how to make new friends and get along with others Then just when Delphine the oldest girl thinks she's got everything under control the camp organizers announce that everyone will be taking part in an upcoming rally I knew rally meant protest and that protest could mean riot This is another instance of me falling for a cute cover I mean look at those adorable little girls But sometimes a cute cover also has some pretty terrific pages inside Williams Garcia's story is told with warmth and humor I loved these kids particularly the serious and bookish Delphine I was thrilled to learn that this is part of a trilogy I'm very much looking forward to spending time with the Gaither sisters


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One Crazy SummerIt and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer campIn a humorous and breakout book by Williams Garcia the Penderwicks meet the Black Panthers I have mixed feelings about this book It does several things successfully Sister relationships kids who have to take on extra responsibility at a young age homeless teens and political action in America in the 1960s And all within a palatable mid elementary storyline I worry though that kids far removed from that time and place will somehow get the picture that the black panthers condoned abandoning your children The panther characters in this book seem angry dogmatic and tone deaf to the needs of the actual people in front of them other than food The reasons for their political movement and the history behind them are only briefly touched upon The ending also implies that everything is now okay Delphine's mother may have told the story of her hard life; it explains but does not erase the hardness she has shown her girls While reading I kept making connections to the memoir by Alice Walker's daughter who wrote about living between two worlds coasts and parents I also have to admit that I can't help reading stories like this through my own experience of airline shuttling with siblings to parents whose attention was elsewhere riding buses to pools and stores and other parts of the city alone at 8 and 11 It sounds free and adventurous and full of potential glamour but for kids under certain age it just feels unmoored