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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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By Kathryn Bradley on 12-14-10


This is the best story/characters/YA that I have ever heard on Audible. Hands down. No question. If you have any interest in MG fiction or recent history or crazy awesomeness, you should hear this story Right. Now.

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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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Any additional comments?

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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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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