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Well that gave me a whole lotta feels It s 1968 and 11 year ld Delphine Gaither has her hands full playing mother to her two little sisters 9 year Wyrąbany chodnik old Vonetta and 7 yearld Fern She lives in Brooklyn with her father and his prim Cry Of The Wolf old fashioned mother called Big Ma Where s the girls mother Cecile Johnson abandoned the family before Delphine turned 5 Now Pa thinks the three Gaither girls should spend a month this summer with their long lost mother in Oakland California And it will bene crazy summerYou see Cecile now going by the revolutionary name f Nzila is much devoted to her poetry and the Black Panther led revolution than she is to her wn family in which she literally has no interest She shuffles the girls used to a pretty staid existence in Brooklyn How to Grow Hydroponic Marijuana At Home: A Complete Guide to Growing Most Potent Cannabis Ever! off to a Black Panther summer camp to keep themut La Prise de l'Elysée: Les Campagnes Présidentielles de la Ve République of her way Serious self sacrificing Delphine already too grown up for her age finds herself having to take caref her sisters pretty much n her wn Although already resentful The Ugly Princess of the mother who preferred a life without children to hamper her art and her freedom Delphine never expected the cold reception she and her sisters received One Crazy Summer isne part the tale f a family torn apart but it s also a glimpse into the early days f the Black Panther movement and a reminder f what life was life for African Americans no so very long ago In addition the novel serves as a glimpse into the mind f a perceptive moral and very intelligent young girl who is wise beyond her years and who knows it s because she has to beAnd as for Cecile I have to agree with Delphine s sentiment n the first day f meeting her mother in Oakland I didn t want to say Big Ma was right Cecile was no kind Harvest to Hydrosol: Distill Your Own Exquisite Hydrosols at Home of mother Cecile didn t want us Cecile was crazy I didn t have to view spoilerThe poet formerly known as Cecile Johnson seethes with revolutionary fervor admittedly essential for social change I get that But no mother should tell her children to their faces that she should have aborted them even if she harbors that feeling in her heart And none man nor woman should feel that the Hunchback only way to assist the revolution is by criminally neglecting hisr her children Ruth First and Joe Slovo managed to lead the ANC struggle in South Africa without abandoning their children like unwanted kittens I think Nzila nee Cecile could have followed the example Buddy of Ruth First who was feeling the same pulls between family and justice during the same yearsDid hernly terrible abusive upbringing justify a selfishness that led her to abandon three children The Space Child's Mother Goose one stilln the breast because she couldn t get her The Quotable Hitchens from Alcohol to Zionism: The Very Best of Christopher Hitchens own way Cecile may think so but I can t agree even if she succeeds at least partially in gaining Delphine s sympathy hide spoiler This isne The Greatest Survival Stories Ever Told: Seventeen Incredible Tales of thosene chapter and then I lclean the kitchen throw some clothes in the washer take a shower etc kind f books I loved it I think Rita Williams Garcia is a fantastic writer and she derserves all the awards and honors she got for this book This is the first book f hers book I ve read but it won t be the last The story is fascinating 3 girls travel to California during the summer Cómo ligar con esa chica que tanto te gusta y a la que le gusta otro of 1968 to stay with the mother who abandoned them years before and the setting is atmospheric I loved reading about the Black Panthers and even hearing the namesf TV shows brought back memories Death Threat of my childhood I had just turned 4 during the summerf 1968 All three girls are delightful but the ldest Delphine is especially strong smart sassy and funny Her maturity and her relationship with her younger sisters is inspiring I highly recommend this book to readers f all ages When I heard that teen author Rita Williams Garcia had written a middle grade novel for kids I wasn t moved ne way r another I don t read teen books Couldn t say I knew much f the woman s work When I heard that her book was about the Black Panthers however my interest was piued Black Panthers eh The ne 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 Porter Rockwell: A Biography 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 kindf 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 Satire of fans And a lotf them are going to be kidsEleven going Deflower the Boss on twelve Delphine has always kept a sharp eyen her little nine and seven year Hebrew magic amulets 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 isur mother A statement f fact So when their father packs them n 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 Being There of daycarever the summer run by members هذه بلادنا: الجواء of the Black Panthers And they probably didn t expect that their mother would want near to nothing to do with them save theccasional meal and admonishment to keep ut f her kitchen Only Delphine knew what might happen and she makes it her mission to not nly take care f 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 f 1968 I ve been complaining for years that when it comes to the Black Panthers there wasn t so much as a page f literature Witness to the Martyrdom: John Taylor's Personal Account of the Last Days of the Prophet Joseph Smith out there for kidsn 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 f 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 f an Oakland sunI mean take the people in this book Someone nce sold this story to me as The Penderwicks meets the Black Panthers and for the longest time I couldn t figure ut 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 f 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 f making her too goody goody to like But this girl isn t like that She has a duty that she believes in taking care The War at Home: One Family's Fight Against PTSD of her sisters and she ll do it even when they fight eachther Even when they team up against HER The sheer unfairness f what Delphine has to handle and. In the summer f 1968 after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland California to spend a month with the mother they barely know eleven year ld Delphine and.
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E shuttling with siblings to parents whose attention was elsewhere riding buses to pools and stores and ther parts f the city alone at 8 and 11 It sounds free and adventurous and full f potential glamour but for kids under certain age it just feels unmoored I do not Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle: A History of the American Cowboy in Song, Story and Verse ordinarily read middle grade books unless I am sharing them with my grandson but I was drawn to this beautiful book initially becausef its subject matter children in Oakland during the early days Set Theory, Logic and Their Limitations of the Black Panther Party But this book is so much than its historical setting I fell headver heels in love with the narrator f this book Delphine and her younger sisters Vonetta and Fern With a group here n Goodreads I recently reread the wonderful short story collection Gorilla My Love by Toni Cade Bambara We all loved Bambara s strong resilient African American girls and Delphine is certainly a full fledged member f that sisterhood Smart brave and responsible far beyond her age f 11 going The Stringbean Murders on 12 Delphine has looked after her younger sisters along with her father and Big Ma since her mother abandoned the family seven years earlier When Pa decides that the girls need to get to know their mother they travel to Oakland where they encounter a very different mother than thene they pictured Their experiences in Oakland with their mother CecileNzila are perfectly related through through Delphine s eyes Part أساطير شعبية من قلب جزيرة العرب: الجزء الرابع of Williams Garcia s brilliance is that she keeps Delphine s pointf view but through Delphine we come to know her sisters the political climate Stricken (Asphalt Cowboys, of the time and thether characters in the book including CecileNzila Although no The Sporty Game one would argue that CecileNzila is anything but a truly terrible mother Williams Garcia through Delphine gives us a glimpsef the reasons behind her actions and we are able to feel compassion for her no small achievementThere is no neat happy conclusion to this story and it would not be believable if there were But there is growth American Yakuza II on everybody s part and there is greater understanding And above all there are Delphine Vonetta and Fern beautiful wonderful girls that I will never forget Yes this is a middle grade novel but it is so richly layered and beautifully written that I suspect that many readersf all ages will treasure this book Many thanks to Rita Williams Garcia for Delphine Vonetta and Fern and this dazzlingly beautiful book Important topic YesWriting FabulousCharacters EngagingNewbery material Well I suppose since adults are the Inventions That Changed the World: Working Wonders ones to vote then yes Probably But if kids were voting I m not sure this book would make the Newbery radar I started reading it to my kids and ended up finishing it myself Normally when kids have an awful self centered motherr parent figure in children s literature there is a candy house Love Onboard: Cupid's Caribbean Cruise or 7 little men to make up for it Not so in this book Cecile never seemed to come around to herwn flesh and blood I kept thinking there d be a point where she would wake up and develop a shred Vertical Mind: Psychological Approaches for Optimal Rock Climbing of human decency but she didn t And maybe it has something to do with the fact that I was anldest child who was given responsibility for my younger siblings I didn t always want but poor 11 year Delphine being forced to take Blood Love over the rollf mother to her two little sisters really boiled my blood Not fair Her responsible nature was exploited at the expense f her childhood I realize I m missing the point the story was trying to make about the unfair struggles that went n in the black community in Oakland in the 70 s Maybe the idea was for the reader to draw the parallel between the unfairness f Delphine having the world s suckiest mom and the unfairness f the African American person s daily struggle to be treated civilly and with human decency Both situations were maddening and made no senseHow could Pa and Big Ma send their three little girls across the country to spend an unsupervised summer with a woman they knew full well had not ne unce f motherly love The story definitely had it s moments f triumph like when Delphine was finally allowed in the kitchen to cook a regular meal for her sisters the day trip into San Francisco r when Fern ratted ut Crazy Kelvin with her poem I was just so DIY, Dammit!: A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting overwhelmed with dislike for Cecile and anger at Delphine s lot to enjoy this story as I should have Could it be that that was the pointAt any rate I don t think Cecile deserved that hug at the end Surely not Wow what a trip as we used to say back in 68 Did this ever bring me back to the summerf 1968 I was not an African American eleven year ld girl visiting Oakland but I was a fourteen year ld white Jewish girl across the bay living in San Francisco There was a chapter that takes place in San FranciscoSo the author got ne thing wrong about Oakland no there are no hills at all in that part f town and maybe Civil rights, tool of communist deception one thing about San Francisco wrong I don t think there were palm trees in that location but I could have just forgotten I suppose Otherwise muchf the locale and time period seemed authenticThis story definitely fits n my rphaned and uasi Cutthroat orphaned kids shelfI really liked Delphine the narrator at 11 goingn 12 and the An Eastern Orthodox Response to Evangelical Claims oldestf 3 sisters who live in Brooklyn New York with their father and paternal grandmother and who go to visit their birth mother in Oakland a woman who abandoned them when they were very youngI thought most The Claiming of the Shrew of the story rang true It was a bitn the edge Summoned of seeming realistic at times yet so was my life at a certain point in time so I bought it The ending seemed not uite right but I can thinkf many ther endings that would have worked even less well I am glad that Delphine got some answers very glad and knowing what Delphine learns does give credence and depth to what happened with this family and why Cecile did what she did and why she was the person she became I love the sisters relationships with ne another especially how the ldest is most irritated by her middle sister but feels as though she knows her well compared to how she loves her little sister even though she s a bit f a mystery to her and then how the two youngest fight with Baghdad, Mon Amour: A Journey of Exile and Return one another it all seemed very genuine The narrator really got across what it felt like to be a minority She countsther African American then going by black Dead Inside or colored people in various locations I ve been a minoritynly a few times including two school experiences but during those I definitely noted who else was like me and was highly aware f my minority statusThis is a fine book for kids who enjoy historical fiction novels with a bit f adventure and novels with a believable child narrator The story is sad in many ways but it isn t depressingI read this now because I think the Children s Books group is going to read this book as ne f their January selections It s got uite a long hold list at the library so I read it as soon as I was able to get a copyEdited to add Oh and this book is very funny loved it fun read and perfect for young girls and boys i wish i had this kind f book when i was a kid but i m content knowing that my daughter does by the end as an adult reader i had the warm fuzzie. Visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer campIn a humorous and breakout book by Williams Garcia the Penderwicks meet the Black Panthe.
The cheery lack f complaining aside from the She Stoops to Conquer 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 couplef Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile other metalbjects besides I d wager into the good guybad guy way Orb of looking at things For kids she s a pretty clear cut villain from pagene The Dandy and Lady Penelope onward And adults who have enough historical understand to be clearn why she does some f 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 ut Multi-Family Therapy of spiter refuses to so much as look her National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition own daughters for a while Heck this may be thenly book where the phrase Should have gone to Mexico to get rid f you when I had the chance comes from the lips f 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 f their parent at the beginning f a book they turn A History of Prophecy in Israel, Revised and Enlarged out to be wrong in the end So naturally I was waitingn tenterhooks for much Think good thoughts about a pussycat 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 dropf understanding It s a far better solutionWilliams Garcia will even use character development to place the story within the context One, Two, Three Me of its time Thepinionated Big Ma who raised the three girls gives her thoughts n any matter rain r shine Delphine then lists them and kids are treated to a uickie encapsulation Sex and Lust in Tijuana: True Sex Stories of the Tjamigos of life in 68 Pretty sneaky Teaches em when they re not looking Andne f 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 ften has to come to grips with her initial perceptions and the actual truths As for the rest Tea for Ruby 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 numberf black characters The Life of Saint Philip Neri on television shows and commercials Or thene time Delphine had felt truly scared when a police fficer in Alabama pulled her father verAnd 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 f 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 verThere is a moment near the end I only Like the Fingers of the Guy I Hate, Vol. 1 of the book when Fern recites a poem that is just so good that I couldn t seriously believe that a seven yearld would be able to pull it The Whistle Pig 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 snly later that they start worrying about whether r 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 f time agonizing ver that uestion why her mother named her that and never really finds ut Some kind Church Planting Is for Wimps: How God Uses Messed-Up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things of explanation there would have been niceIt was teacher Monica Edinger who pointedut that One Crazy Summer pairs strangely well with Cosmic if you look at them in terms A Stepdaughter In Heat of fathersn the Cosmic side and mothers One Crazy Summer s focus That s ne theme for the book but you could pluck ut 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 Rufus 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 thisne Kids are gonna dig itAges 9 12 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 f 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 f you when I had the chance She You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero!: Book One in the Just Make a Choice! Series orders them to stayut f 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 f the day at a local community center which turns Women and Social Work: Towards a Woman-Centered Practice 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 withthers Then just when Delphine the ldest girl thinks she s got everything under control the camp rganizers 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 The Cowboys 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 partf a trilogy I m very much looking forward to spending time with the Gaither sisters I have mixed feelings about this book It does several things successfully Sister relationships kids who have to take Sins of Treachery 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 needsf the actual people in front f them ther than food The reasons for their political movement and the history behind them are My Grandfather's Prison: A Story of Death and Deceit in 1940s Kansas City only briefly touched upon The ending also implies that everything is nowkay Delphine s mother may have told the story f 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 wn experience Whos Next? Guess Who! of airlin. Her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother a dedicated poet and printer is resentfulf the intrusion f their.
I was born in ueens NY on April 13 1957 My mother Miss Essie named me 'NoMo' immediately after my birth Although I was her last child I took my time making my appearance I like to believe I was dreaming up a good story and wouldn’t budge until I was finished Even now my daughters call me 'Pokey Mom' because I slow poke around when they want to go go go I learned to read early and