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Publisher's Summary

Eleven-year-old Delphine and her younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern, travel to Oakland to meet their mother, Cecil, who abandoned their family years earlier. But even when Cecil gets them to her house, she shows no interest and seems to view them as nothing but a nuisance.
Cecil’s cold, unloving attitude leaves the girls wishing for the mother-daughter connection they’ve never had. But Cecil acts remarkably different after she sees her daughters at the Black Panther rally, where they recite a poem Cecil herself had written. At that point, Cecil’s attitude toward her daughters begins a remarkable change.
©2010 Rita Williams-Garcia (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

“With memorable characters … and a powerful story, this is a book well worth reading and rereading." ( School Library Journal)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Iris J. Scott Love on 03-16-16

Great family road trip book!

Would you listen to One Crazy Summer again? Why?

Most definitely. My 11 year old grand daughter enjoyed the story

What did you like best about this story?

The inner workings of the Black Panthers really intrigued my grand daughter and she was able to relate history to this fictional story.

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This story kept an 11 year old, a 23 year old and a 50 year old all glued to the car. There were parts so good we didn't want to get out for gas and bathroom breaks!

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47 of 48 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Gillian on 02-12-18

Truly Memorable Characters For A Memorable Time!

One Crazy Summer is the first book in a truly remarkable and wonderful series featuring Delphine and her little sisters. In it, the three of them meet the mother who abandoned them and find a seemingly unloving mother who considers them to be a nuisance. After all, Cecil can't understand why just giving birth to children is supposed to make you nurturing. (By the way, the only, only flaw of the book is that Cecil didn't have a choice in the way she grew up, but she did have a choice in the way she herself was a mother. There, I said it. The only flaw).
But what the sisters discover is that Cecil is a strong woman who wants the girls to discover their own strength, their own pride.
And along the way, Delphine, who has always had to be the responsible one, has to navigate her way through all this, through her sisters' squabbles, through the craziness of the time. Getting take-out for dinners, dealing with the mutilation of Fern's doll, having breakfast with the Black Panthers.
This has wonderful, wonderful characters and terrific writing, and Sisi Aisha Johnson voices everything perfectly. I truly didn't want it to end, but when it did, I was thrilled that there are two more books that chronicle changes in the girls' lives.
Power to the People, and Power to Delphine!!!!

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26 of 30 people found this review helpful

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