Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate, Young Adult
Author: Rita Williams-Garcia
Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern fly from New York to California to spend a summer with their mother, Cecile, who abandoned them. Cecile left her husband with the girls after she gave birth to Fern, never to be heard from again, and she certainly did not want them stay with her for the summer. In California, the girls spend their days at a Black Panther camp. At the camp, the sisters realize the ugliness of the prejudice and discrimination of their time. Delphine and her sisters finally have to decide to either stay quiet and safe, or to stand up for what they believe in and the mother they have begun to love.
One Crazy Summer, written by Rita Williams-Garcia, is a thought-provoking fiction that invites readers to visit one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history, the Civil Rights Movement era. The author uses Delphine’s perspective to portray the moral struggle that many people of the time faced - whether to stay small and safe, or to stand up for what they believed was right and moral. The occasionally humorous tone of the book keeps readers entertained, but at the same time always engaged in the problems. Told from a perspective that older children and teenagers can relate to, this book can help young readers to understand and connect with this important time in history. One Crazy Summer is a thought provoking, interesting, and empowering book for readers of all ages.
*Contains mild violence.