One Crazy Summer

Written by:
Rita Williams-Garcia
Narrated by:
Sisi Aisha Johnson

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
December 2010
5 hours 11 minutes
ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults
ALA Notable Children’s Book
Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction
Newbery Honor Book
Coretta Scott King Award (Author)

In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita WilliamsGarcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them. A strong option for summer reading—take this book along on a family road trip or enjoy it at home.

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. Rita Williams-Garcia's books about Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern can also be read alongside nonfiction explorations of American history such as Jason Reynolds's and Ibram X. Kendi's books.

In One Crazy Summer, 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 thesisters 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.
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alex alfaro

amazing I love it. It has so much emotion #I LOVE THE BOOK

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Tobiah Roosevelt

Awesome Hans absurd shahada subsidence whisk suggestion

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Connie R.

A beautiful story, shares the truth about family and the palpable challenges of being 11 y/o, or the oldest and having to care for your younger siblings. An honest, truthful and relatable telling of growing up in challenging times. Freshly told and relevant to today's own civil rights movement brought on strongly since 2020. This also makes my list of must reads for middle schoolers. Praise for the talent of the narrator who made this story come to life beginning to end.

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Candace A.

Excellent story! Excellent narrator! I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

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Paula W.

Its good and interesting! Helpful for my life style. I could relate to the character. I use to go to the after school program.

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Marilyn R.

Bad....just bad

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great story

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Lerato S.

I loved the book, the girls were so cute... the narrator was so awesome, I loved her voices for the characters

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