One Crazy Summer By: Rita Williams-Garcia, HarperCollins Publishers, 2010
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia is a children’s historical fiction novel. This beautiful book has won numerous awards including the Scott O’Dell Award, the Newbery Honor, Coretta Scott King Award, and it was a National Book Award finalist. It is the story of three young sisters, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern, on a mission to find their mother who abandoned them when they were little. It takes place in both New York and California during the civil rights movement and is focused specifically during the year of 1968. This book would appeal specifically to young African American girls between the ages of nine and twelve. It is both an engaging and funny book and readers who like these types of books would fall in love with this one. This book falls under the genre of historical fiction. This genre enables the book to tell a realistic story about a certain point in history. The author’s are able to do this by making up a story, but having accurate facts about the setting and time in history that the fictional story is taking place.
- Teaching Guide (Harper Collins publisher)
- Rita Williams-Garcia talks about One Crazy Summer (video)
- If you like One Crazy Summer, check out The Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes and Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper.