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In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them.

Eleven-year-old Delphine is like a mother to her two younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern. She's had to be, ever since their mother, Cecile, left them seven years ago for a radical new life in California. But when the sisters arrive from Brooklyn to spend the summer with their mother, Cecile is nothing like they imagined. While the girls hope to go to Disneyland and meet Tinker Bell, their mother sends them to a day camp run by the Black Panthers. Unexpectedly, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern learn much about their family, their country, and themselves during one truly crazy summer.

This moving, funny novel won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction and the Coretta Scott King Award and was a National Book Award Finalist. Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern's story continues in P.S. Be Eleven and Gone Crazy in Alabama.

Readers who enjoy Christopher Paul Curtis's The Watsons Go to Birmingham and Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming will find much to love in One Crazy Summer. This novel was the first featured title for Marley D’s Reading Party, launched after the success of #1000BlackGirlBooks. Maria Russo, in a New York Times list of "great kids' books with diverse characters," called it "witty and original."

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published on January 26, 2010 by Amistad
ISBN-10: 0060760885
ISBN-13: 9780060760885
34 Book Reviews
  • kiwi100123
    kiwi100123Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 2:39 pm
    It sounds sad:(
    • superaunt911
      superaunt911Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 12:48 pm44 stars
      The book I read is called One Crazy Summer written by Rita Williams-Garcia.My favorite part of this book was when the three girls went to San Francisco to see the golden gate bridge . I recommend this book to anybody who likes relationship between mother and daughters .
      • doctorwhotardis
        doctorwhotardisWednesday, January 28, 2015 at 9:25 am55 stars
        So interesting. It is also kinda sad... :(
        • asma234
          asma234Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:17 am55 stars
          I loved this book,and I can't wait to read the second one called Be Eleven.This book taught be a lot about tings that happened in the past.I think they did talk a lot about the Black Panthers.It talked a lot about American History and I enjoyed the book a lot.
          • lilyanna
            lilyannaWednesday, October 1, 2014 at 5:08 pm55 stars
            i think that this book as a lot of meaning
            • zorba
              zorbaSaturday, June 28, 2014 at 8:08 pm
              It truly was one crazy summer for the 3 sisters! THIS BOOK DESERVES TO BE READ BY EVERYONE!!!!
              • happyface7
                happyface7Friday, June 20, 2014 at 5:13 pm
                o my gosh, o my gosh, o my gosh. This is driving me crazy. I want to read it so badly, i can die.
                • mandm2000
                  mandm2000Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:59 pm
                  i really loved this book because it was very well written and i think that RIta Williams Garcia did a really great job of writing it. I recommend this book for others because it has a really great plot as well as moral. at first i didn't want to read it, but now, since i read it, i am very happy i stuck to it and decided to read it all the way through!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
                  • hello_summer
                    hello_summerMonday, January 13, 2014 at 6:05 pm
                    fun book.
                    • kmm104
                      kmm104Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm55 stars
                      It is so sad