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3.00027031401748 out of 53.00027031401748 out of 53.00027031401748 out of 53.00027031401748 out of 53.00027031401748 out of 5 3.00 (6,178 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rita Williams-Garcia Narrator: Sisi Aisha Johnson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Gaither Sisters Series Release Date:
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Eleven-year-old Delphine and her younger sisters Vonetta and Fern travel to Oakland to meet their mother, Cecile, who abandoned their family years earlier. But even when Cecile gets them to her house, she shows no interest and seems to view them as nothing but a nuisance. Cecile’s cold, unloving attitude leaves the girls wishing for the mother-daughter connection they’ve never had. But Cecile acts remarkably different after she sees her daughters at the Black Panther rally, where they recite a poem Cecile herself had written. At that point, Cecile’s attitude toward her daughters begins a remarkable change. Rita Williams-Garcia has been a finalist for the National Book Award, and her novel One Crazy Summer was recognized as a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Narrator Sisi Aisha Johnson relates the story with the refreshing honesty of a tale told through young Delphine’s innocent eyes. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • One Crazy Summer absolutely blew me away. What an amazing and beautifully written story. I find myself still thinking about Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern and all the many other people Rita brought to life. Rita took me right into the world of the Black Panthers and Oakland in the 1960s. This novel is just glorious.”

    Jacqueline Woodson, Newbery Honor author of After Tupac and D Foster

  • One Crazy Summer is a genuine rarity: a book that is both important in its contents and utterly engaging in its characters…with the tremendous bonus of being beautifully written.”

    Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medal–winning author of A Single Shard

  • “In One Crazy Summer Williams-Garcia presents a child’s-eye view of the Black Panther movement within a powerful and affecting story of sisterhood and motherhood.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Sisi Johnson’s sensitive portrayal of Delphine, mature beyond her years, is pitch-perfect. With deliberate pacing and restrained tonal variations, the other characters are also thoughtfully delineated. Johnson’s delivery places the spotlight on Delphine’s unfolding understanding of her mother as well as her discovery of her place in the African-American community.”


  • “Narrated in Johnson’s warm tones, the novel follows the sisters as they meet their unemotional mother…Civil discontent seen through the eyes of children reveals another side of African-American history in this compelling novel.”

    Booklist (starred audio review)

  • “This vibrant novel shows the subtle ways that political movements affect personal lives; but just as memorable is the finely drawn, universal story of children reclaiming a reluctant parent’s love.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Emotionally challenging and beautifully written, this book immerses readers in a time and place and raises difficult questions of the 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

  • “Crystal clear. The depiction of the time is well done, and 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 review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2011 Coretta Scott King Award
  • A 2011 Newbery Honor Book
  • One of the 2010 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Children
  • Winner of the 2011 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction
  • A 2010 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children Fiction
  • A 2010 National Book Award Finalist
  • A 2011 Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 by M S | 4/1/2016

    " Was a great way to go out to the backyard read this book with headphones "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erin | 2/3/2014

    " Pretty interesting learning about the Black Panthers, but wasn't really invested in the characters otherwise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kitchengrrl | 2/3/2014

    " Well, written. Very interesting voice from the narrator. Gave me a perspective on the Black Panthers that I've never had, since I don't know much about them, but I'm driven to find out more now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mandy Casto | 1/26/2014

    " Great book...I started reading this book to a third grade class during a long-term subbing and I wish I could have finished it with them. It is a great time piece and indirectly teaches a lot about the 1960s and Black Panther Party. Delphine was my favorite character. I truly enjoyed this book! "

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