Thorndike Press

One Crazy Summer

  • Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 143286033X
  • ISBN-13: 9781432860332
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 lbs ( .48 kgs)
  • 268 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released December 2018



A New York Times Bestselling Author
A Newbery Honor Book

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.

Grades 4-7 | Ages 8-12 | Lexile 750


Customer Reviews

Emotionally challenging and beautifully written, this book immerses readers in a time and place and raises difficult questions of cultural and ethnic identity and personal responsibility. With memorable characters (all three girls have engaging, strong voices) and a powerful story, this is a book well worth reading and rereading.

— School Library Journal (starred)

Regimented, responsible, strong-willed Delphine narrates in an unforgettable voice, but each of the sisters emerges as a distinct, memorable character, whose hard-won, tenuous connections with their mother build to an aching, triumphant conclusion.

— Booklist (starred)

Delphine is the pitch-perfect older sister, wise beyond her years, an expert at handling her siblings . . . while the girls are caught up in the difficulties of adults, their resilience is celebrated and energetically told with writing that snaps off the page.

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

The setting and time period are as vividly realized as the characters, and readers will want to know more about Delphine and her sisters after they return to Brooklyn.

— The Horn Book (starred)