P.S. Be Eleven (Ala Notable Children's Books. Middle Readers)

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a4.653593

In this Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel and sequel to the New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor Book One Crazy Summer, the Gaither sisters return to Brooklyn and find that changes large and small have come to their home. This extraordinary novel earned five starred reviews, with Publishers Weekly calling it "historical fiction that's as full of heart as it is of heartbreak" and The Horn Book considering it "funny, wise, poignant, and thought-provoking."

After spending the summer in Oakland, California, with their mother and the Black Panthers, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern arrive home with a newfound streak of independence. The sisters aren't the only ones who have changed. Now Pa has a girlfriend. Uncle Darnell returns from Vietnam a different man. But Big Ma still expects Delphine to keep her sisters in line. That's much harder now that Vonetta and Fern refuse to be bossed around. Besides her sisters, Delphine's got plenty of other things to worry about—like starting sixth grade, being the tallest girl in her class, and dreading the upcoming school dance. The one person she confides in is her mother, Cecile. Through letters, Delphine pours her heart out and receives some constant advice: to be eleven while she can.

This extraordinary novel will find a home in the hearts of readers who loved Brown Girl Dreaming and As Brave as You.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published on May 21, 2013 by Amistad
ISBN-10: 0061938629
ISBN-13: 9780061938627
25 Book Reviews
  • maddyp18
    maddyp18Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 4:58 pm55 stars
    I loved tis book so so much!!!!!! It is a great realistic fiction story. I think the message in this story is'' be honest''. I hope you like it!!!!!
    • sweetheart352
      sweetheart352Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 7:18 am33 stars
      This looks like a fun book. I have seen it at my local library, I really want to read it soon. I love to read
      • tim0706
        tim0706Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 2:19 pm55 stars
        P.s. be Eleven is an awesome book. It totally is my writing style. It is one of the best books I read. I love this book.
        • daddysblue
          daddysblueTuesday, July 22, 2014 at 5:59 pm
          p.s. be eleven lol. this book sounds great.i am a tween and eleven is a tween age so i cant wait to read this book the next time i get a chance
          • yaya35223
            yaya35223Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 10:45 am55 stars
            I am have been reading this book and loving it! I really love this book! The characters are fun and upbeat. The writer is very talented.
            • loveeangelina
              loveeangelinaTuesday, July 15, 2014 at 11:42 pm44 stars
              I truly enjoyed the book. This book, along with the first one, helped me move a nonreader to a reader! I am now a fan of Rita Williams-Garcia.
              • popbaby898
                popbaby898Monday, July 14, 2014 at 8:08 pm
                Great story about a time I am curious about. I would like to know more about the girls in this story. I will also read this authors other books.
                • ruff8
                  ruff8Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 4:50 pm33 stars
                  This is a sequel to One Crazy Summer, that I read at school this year. In PS Be Eleven, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern come back to Brooklyn. They spent the summer in California with their mom, but really spent their days at a camp run by the Black Panthers. Now they see things a lot different then they did before going to California.
                  • nee
                    Ms. HerseyThursday, July 3, 2014 at 8:04 am55 stars
                    This book is the sequel to One Crazy Summer and it follows the adventures of the Gaither girls. They are back in Brooklyn after spending some time in California with their mother. The book is set in the late 60's early 70's and it paints a realistic picture of the events of those times. I love that the girls get so excited about the Jackson 5! This is a fun book to read.
                    • batman26
                      batman26Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 8:00 am55 stars
                      This book had lots of laughs. It is the sequel to One Crazy Summer so it was fun to see what the Gaither girls were up to. I liked that this book started right where the first one left off.