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Rita Williams-Garcia

Forfatter af One Crazy Summer

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Rita Williams-Garcia graduated from Hofstra University. She has written several books including Blue Tights, Every Time a Rainbow Dies, Fast Talk on a Slow Track, One Crazy Summer, and No Laughter Here. Like Sisters on the Homefront was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. She won the PEN/Norma vis mere Klein Award. She currently teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children and Young Adults Program. She won the Coretta Scott King awards in 2016 with her title Gone Crazy in Alabama in the author category. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre


Værker af Rita Williams-Garcia

One Crazy Summer (2010) 3,974 eksemplarer
P.S. Be Eleven (2013) 683 eksemplarer
Gone Crazy in Alabama (2015) 510 eksemplarer
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground (2017) 370 eksemplarer
Jumped (2009) 325 eksemplarer
Like Sisters on the Homefront (1995) 225 eksemplarer
No Laughter Here (2004) 139 eksemplarer
Every Time a Rainbow Dies (2001) 136 eksemplarer
A Sitting in St. James (2021) 130 eksemplarer
Fast Talk on a Slow Track (1991) 67 eksemplarer
Blue Tights (1988) 51 eksemplarer
Catching the Wild Waiyuuzee (2000) 31 eksemplarer
Gaither Sisters Trilogy Collection (2018) 12 eksemplarer
Diamond Land (2004) 9 eksemplarer

Associated Works

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America (2019) — Bidragyder — 523 eksemplarer
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices (2018) — Bidragyder — 217 eksemplarer
First Crossing: Stories About Teen Immigrants (2004) — Bidragyder — 195 eksemplarer
Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever. (2017) — Bidragyder — 173 eksemplarer
War Is...: Soldiers, Survivors and Storytellers Talk about War (2008) — Bidragyder — 141 eksemplarer
Who Done It? (2013) — Bidragyder — 136 eksemplarer
Free? Stories About Human Rights (2009) — Bidragyder — 118 eksemplarer
Stay True: Short Stories for Strong Girls (1998) — Bidragyder — 109 eksemplarer
Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court (2011) — Bidragyder — 107 eksemplarer
Guys Read: Terrifying Tales (2015) — Bidragyder — 103 eksemplarer
Girl Meets Boy: Because There Are Two Sides to Every Story (2011) — Bidragyder — 98 eksemplarer
The Hero Next Door (2019) — Bidragyder — 86 eksemplarer
Necessary Noise: Stories About Our Families as They Really Are (2003) — Bidragyder — 80 eksemplarer
Face Relations: 11 Stories about Seeing beyond Color (2004) — Bidragyder — 51 eksemplarer
Trapped!: Cages of Mind and Body (1938) — Bidragyder — 43 eksemplarer
Second Sight : Stories for a New Millennium (1999) — Bidragyder — 43 eksemplarer
Twelve Shots (1997) — Bidragyder — 39 eksemplarer
Dirty Laundry: Stories About Family Secrets (1998) — Bidragyder — 38 eksemplarer
Period Pieces: Stories for Girls (2003) — Bidragyder — 15 eksemplarer

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Rita Williams Garcia focuses on Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern returning to Brooklyn New York with a new idea of independence. After spending the summer with their mother and the Panthers they realized that life is changing for them and their grandmother does not approve. Their lives are changing and is seems like everyones growing up. The girls are reminded by their mother to stay of the age eleven and not grow up too fast. this book teaches children about the changes that come when they grow up and to realize that is good to still feel like a child even though people are changing and growth is happening. This novel is great for older children possibly in 4-5th grade.… (mere)
nrortega3 | 36 andre anmeldelser | Feb 15, 2024 |
I love a little history lesson in a tween novel. This book is a piece of Oakland history, with a view of the Black Panthers from the perspective of an 11 year old using their summer camp and free meal program. It was also a story of a child trying to understand why the adults in her life make the choices they have, why her mother walked out on her and her sisters, why the culture of Oakland is so different from her Brooklyn home.
mslibrarynerd | 222 andre anmeldelser | Jan 13, 2024 |
RWG has succeeded in writing a haunting, powerful book about racism, and to get there she had to pull out all the stops. This book hits harder than any other book I've read that's marketed as YA.

The slow start and the detailed descriptions of sexual violence in this book made me feel like it's almost not YA. I can see it being assigned in an 11th or 12th grade AP lit class maybe. But there were multiple scenes that made me so sad and disgusted I have a hard time seeing myself recommend this book to most teens.

Would I recommend it to adults? Yes -- if you want to explore the vile beliefs and actions of white plantation owners. Just by coincidence, I was reading this when the third season of Succession came out on HBO. I couldn't help see similarities between the Roy family and the Guilbert family. So despicable.

When I was in the middle of the book I stopped to ponder if RWG had pulled a Hamilton (i.e. used her genius to tell yet another story about American history centering white people). But she wrote a very illuminating author's note explaining why this story revolves around the Guilbert family and not the Black characters. She cites Toni Morrison as inspiration: "What are you without racism? ...if you can only be tall because somebody is on their knees, then you have a serious problem. And my feeling is that white people have a very, very serious problem and they should start thinking about what they can do about it. Take me out of it."

RWG also includes gay and gender-nonconforming (and also maybe autistic) teen characters in her story. I think this will add appeal for a teen audience because there aren't very many excellent historical YA novels featuring LGBTQ characters.
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LibrarianDest | 6 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2024 |
Beautifully written, but not very satisfying. I'm torn.

I did feel very strongly about one thing. Clayton's mother was *so* frustrating. You can tell she's trying to be a perfect mother, but to me it seemed like she did everything wrong. She didn't respect Clayton's relationship with Cool Papa. It was like she was trying to make Clayton's grieving process more difficult. And then she treated Clayton's falling-asleep-in-school problem like a flaw in Clayton's character. The woman drove me crazy. I wanted to feel sympathy for her because we know her backstory. We know Cool Papa was not a great father to her. We know she works long hours as a nurse and doesn't accept much help from Clayton's dad. Still. There were opportunities for her to figure out what was really going on with Clayton and she never took them.

One thing I caught was that Clayton's mom calls him "Angel" and he plays the blues "harp." Maybe we're meant to see Clayton as an angelic kid who is driven "underground" by Cool Papa's death and the aftermath. A good kid who almost goes really wrong. Because Clayton goes underground, he meets the Beat boys and sees what it would be like to not have his hardworking, well-meaning mother. Even with her flaws.

To me, the story ended a bit too soon. It felt unfinished. But there's a lot of good stuff about family dynamics and what *not* to do when a kid loses someone close to them (I'm looking at you, Ms. Byrd).
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LibrarianDest | 10 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2024 |



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