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unsupervised summer a woman "they knew full well had not one ounce of motherly love The "knew full well had not one ounce of motherly love The definitely had it s moments of triumph like when Delphine was finally allowed in the kitchen to cook a regular meal for her sisters the day trip into San Francisco or when Fern ratted out Crazy Kelvin with her poem I was just so overwhelmed with dislike for Cecile and anger at Delphine s lot to njoy this story as I should have Could it be that that was the pointAtan unsupervised summer
any rate I don t think Cecile deserved that hug at the nd Surely not Itrate I don t think Cecile deserved that hug at the nd Surely not It 1968 and 11 year old Delphine Gaither has her hands full playing mother to her two little sisters 9 year old Vonetta and 7 year old Fern She lives in Brooklyn with her father and his prim old fashioned mother called Big Ma Where s the girls mother Cecile Johnson abandoned the family before Delphine turned 5 Now Pa thinks the three Gaither girls should spend a month this summer with their long lost mother in Oakland California And it will be one crazy summerYou see Cecile now going by the revolutionary name of Nzila is much devoted to her poetry and the Black Panther led revolution than she is to her own family in which she literally has no interest She shuffles the girls used to a pretty staid xistence in Brooklyn off to a Black Panther summer camp to keep them out of her way Serious self sacrificing Delphine already too grown up for her age finds herself having to take care of her sisters pretty much on her own Although already resentful of the mother who preferred a life without children to hamper her art and her freedom Delphine never xpected the cold reception she and her sisters received One Crazy Summer is one part the tale of a family torn apart but it s also a glimpse into the arly days of the Black Panther movement and a reminder of what life was life for African Americans no so very long ago In addition the novel serves as a glimpse into the mind of a perceptive moral and very intelligent young girl who is wise beyond her years and who knows it s because she has to beAnd as for Cecile I have to agree with Delphine s sentiment on the first day of meeting her mother in Oakland I didn t want to say Big Ma was right Cecile was no kind of mother Cecile didn t want us Cecile was crazy I didn t have to view spoilerThe poet formerly known as Cecile Johnson seethes with revolutionary fervor admittedly ssential for social change I get that But no mother should tell her children to their faces that she should have aborted them What She Saw (Conard County even if she harbors that feeling in her heart And no one man nor woman should feel that the only way to assist the revolution is by criminally neglecting his or her children Ruth First and Joe Slovo managed to lead the ANC struggle in South Africa without abandoning their children like unwanted kittens I think Nzila nee Cecile could have followed thexample of Ruth First who was feeling the same pulls between family and justice during the same yearsDid her only terrible abusive upbringing justify a selfishness that led her to abandon three children one still on the breast because she couldn t get her own way Cecile may think so but I can t agree Rivals Break (Sharpe Donovan even if she succeeds at least partially in gaining Delphine s sympathy hide spoiler I have mixed feelings about this book It does several things successfully Sister relationships kids who have to take onxtra responsibility at a young age homeless teens and political action in America in the 1960s And all within a palatable mid Namen-Und Sach-Register Zum Jahresbericht �ber Die Fortschritte in Der Lehre Von Den Pathogenen Mikroorganismen Umfassend Bacterien, Pilze Und Protozo�n elementary storyline I worry though that kids far removed from that time and place will somehow get the picture that the black panthers condoned abandoning your children The panther characters in this book seem angry dogmatic and tone deaf to the needs of the actual people in front of them other than food The reasons for their political movement and the history behind them are only briefly touched upon Thending also implies that Soft Focus everything is now okay Delphine s mother may have told the story of her hard life itxplains but does not Alien Chastity Belt erase the hardness she has shown her girls While reading I kept making connections to the memoir by Alice Walker s daughter who wrote about living between two worlds coasts and parents I also have to admit that I can t help reading stories like this through my ownxperience of airline shuttling with siblings to parents whose attention was Faker elsewhere riding buses to pools and stores and other parts of the city alone at 8 and 11 It sounds free and adventurous and full of potential glamour but for kids under certain age it just feels unmoored loved it fun read and perfect for young girls and boys i wish i had this kind of book when i was a kid but i m content knowing that my daughter does by thend as an adult reader i had the warm fuzzies. Visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer campIn a humorous and breakout book by Williams Garcia the Penderwicks meet the Black Panthe. I do not ordinarily read middle grade books unless I am sharing them with my grandson but I was drawn to this beautiful book initially because of its subject matter children in Oakland during the arly days of the Black Panther Party But this book is so much than its historical setting I fell head over heels in "LOVE WITH THE NARRATOR OF THIS BOOK DELPHINE AND "with the narrator of this book Delphine and younger sisters Vonetta and Fern With a group here on Goodreads I recently reread the wonderful short story collection Gorilla My Love by Toni Cade Bambara We all loved Bambara s strong resilient African American girls and Delphine is
a full member of that sisterhood Smart brave and responsible far beyond her age of 11 going on 12 Delphine has looked after her younger sisters along with her father and Big Ma since her mother abandoned the family seven years arlier When Pa decides that the girls need to get to know their mother they travel to Oakland where they HIPPO IN THE GARDEN encounter a very different mother than the one they pictured Theirxperiences in Oakland with their mother CecileNzila are perfectly related through through Delphine s yes Part of Williams Garcia s brilliance is that she keeps Delphine s point of view but through Delphine we come to know her sisters the political climate of the time and the other characters in the book including CecileNzila Although no one would argue that CecileNzila is anything but a truly terrible mother Williams Garcia through Delphine gives us a glimpse of the reasons behind her actions and we are able to feel compassion for her no small achievementThere is no neat happy conclusion to this story and it would not be believable if there were But there is growth on verybody s part and there is greater understanding And above all there are Delphine Vonetta and Fern beautiful wonderful girls that I will never forget Yes this is a middle grade novel but it is so richly layered and beautifully written that I suspect that many readers of all ages will treasure this book Many thanks to Rita Williams Garcia for Delphine Vonetta and Fern and this dazzlingly beautiful book Well that gave me a whole lotta feels We didn t come here for the revolution In turbulent 1968 three little girls fly to Oakland to reunite with the mother who abandoned them years before Instead of being greeted at the airport with tears and hugs they are met by an indifferent woman who sees their presence not as a chance to get reacuainted but as an interruption to her life I didn t send for you Didn t want you in the first place Should have gone to Mexico to get rid of you when I had the chance She orders them to stay out of her kitchen and banishes them from the house during the daytime so that she can continue with her mysterious work At her suggestion they spend much of the day at a local community center which turns out to be the Black Panther s summer camp What would Papa have said if he knew I was bringing Vonetta and Fern to a summer school where police cars drove by to see what we were doing While their Shadow (New Species, education in the current political climate is underway they also learn how to make new friends and get along with others Then just when Delphine the oldest girl thinks she s gotverything under control the camp organizers announce that 細味人生100篇 everyone will be taking part in an upcoming rally I knew rally meant protest and that protest could mean riot This is another instance of me falling for a cute cover I mean look at those adorable little girls But sometimes a cute cover also has some pretty terrific pages inside Williams Garcia s story is told with warmth and humor I loved these kids particularly the serious and bookish Delphine I was thrilled to learn that this is part of a trilogy I m very much looking forward to spending time with the Gaither sisters Wow what a trip as we used to say back in 68 Did thisver bring me back to the summer of 1968 I was not an African American The Gathering (Darkness Rising, eleven year old girl visiting Oakland but I was a fourteen year old white Jewish girl across the bay living in San Francisco There was a chapter that takes place in San FranciscoSo the author got one thing wrong about Oakland no there are no hills at all in that part of town and maybe one thing about San Francisco wrong I don t think there were palm trees in that location but I could have just forgotten I suppose Otherwise much of the locale and time period seemed authenticThis story definitely fits on my orphaned and uasi orphaned kids shelfI really liked Delphine the narrator at 11 going on 12 and the oldest of 3 sisters who live in Brooklyn New York with their father and paternal grandmother and who go to visit their birth mother in Oakland a woman who abandoned them when they were very youngI thought most of the story rang true It was a bit on thedge of seeming realistic at. In the summer of 1968 after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland California to spend a month with the mother they barely know leven year old Delphine and. .certainly a full
Times yet so was my life at a certain point in time so I bought it The nding seemed not uite right but I can think of many other Chastity endings that would have workedven less well I am glad that Delphine got some answers very glad and knowing what Delphine learns does give credence and depth to what happened with this family and why Cecile did what she did and why she was the person she became I love the sisters relationships with one another Experiential Learning especially how the oldest is most irritated by her middle sister but feels as though she knows her well compared to how she loves her little sisterven though she s a bit of a mystery to her and then how the two youngest fight with one another it all "Seemed Very Genuine The Narrator Really Got "very genuine The narrator really got what it felt like to be a minority She counts other African American then going by black or colored people in various locations I ve been a minority only a few times including two school Die Neurobiologie des Glücks experiences but during those I definitely noted wholse was like me and was highly aware of my minority statusThis is a fine book for kids who njoy historical fiction novels with a bit of adventure and novels with a believable child narrator The story is sad in many ways but it isn t depressingI read this now because I think the Children s Books group is going to read this book as one of their January selections It s got uite a long hold list at the library so I read it as soon as I was able to get a copyEdited to add Oh and this book is very funny This is one of those one chapter and then I lclean the kitchen throw some clothes in the washer take a shower tc kind of books I loved it I think Rita Williams Garcia is a fantastic writer and she derserves all the awards and honors she got for this book This is the first book of hers book I ve read but it won t be the last The story is fascinating 3 girls travel to California during the summer of 1968 to stay with the mother who abandoned them years before and the setting is atmospheric I loved reading about the Black Panthers and A New Philosophy of History even hearing the names of TV shows brought back memories of my childhood I had just turned 4 during the summer of 1968 All three girls are delightful but the oldest Delphine isspecially strong smart sassy and funny Her maturity and her relationship with her younger sisters is inspiring I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages When I heard that teen author Rita Williams Garcia had written a middle grade novel for kids I wasn t moved one way or another I don t read teen books Couldn t say I knew much of the woman s work When I heard that her book was about the Black Panthers however my interest was piued Black Panthers Abortion, Choice, and Contemporary Fiction eh The one political group so difficult to write about that you can t find them in a single children s book aside from The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon of course So what was her take How was she going to do it But the thing is One Crazy Summer is than merely a historical tale It s a story about family and friendships and self sacrifice There are so many ideas floating about this little novel that you d think it wouldnd up some kind of unholy mess Instead it s funny and painful and just a little bit brilliant One Crazy Summer is a book that s going to arn itself a lot of fans And a lot of them are going to be kidsEleven going on twelve Delphine has always kept a sharp ye on he Important topic YesWriting FabulousCharacters EngagingNewbery material Well I suppose since adults are the ones to vote then yes Probably But if kids were voting I m not sure this book would make the Newbery radar I started reading it to my kids and FRITZI auf Sylt - ÖLMALEREI - Kunst in Fotobrillant-Druck ended up finishing it myself Normally when kids have an awful self centered mother or parent figure in children s literature there is a candy house or 7 little men to make up for it Not so in this book Cecile never seemed to come around to her own flesh and blood I kept thinking there d be a point where she would wake up and develop a shred of human decency but she didn t And maybe it has something to do with the fact that I was an oldest child who was given responsibility for my younger siblings I didn t always want but poor 11 year Delphine being forced to take over the roll of mother to her two little sisters really boiled my blood Not fair Her responsible nature wasxploited at the xpense of her childhood I realize I m missing the point the story was trying to make about the unfair struggles that went on in the black community in Oakland in the 70 s Maybe the idea was for the reader to draw the parallel between the unfairness of Delphine having the world s suckiest mom and the unfairness of the African American person s daily struggle to be treated civilly and with human decency Both situations were maddening and made no senseHow could Pa and Big Ma send their three little gir. Her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother a dedicated poet and printer is resentful of the intrusion of their.