Wednesday, August 11, 2010

One Crazy Summer

Sometimes you read a book that's just wonderful. It breaks your heart, makes you smile and teaches you a little something. Granted, I'm a fan of most books, so it takes a zinger to really impress me. Enter One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.

With lyrical prose that flows and jives, Williams-Garcia shows the strength and heartache of Delphine and her two little sisters sent to spend a summer month with the mother who abandoned them. The tension from the family dynamic is echoed in the tension of times, with the girls spending their days at a Black Panther summer camp. For all of the hardships, this book still manages to be upbeat. This beautiful read set in a rarely written about time and place is one to read along with your young reader.

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