Sunday, May 23, 2010

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Delphine and her two younger sisters go to Oakland, California to visit their mother who abandoned them when the youngest sister was only a few weeks old. They arrive expecting a warm welcome from the mother they barely know but Cecile tells them the visit wasn't her idea, bans them from ever entering the kitchen, takes all the money they brought for trips to Disney, and refuses to cook them anything. Instead, she sends them out each morning to the breakfast and education classes from the Black Panthers while she works on her poetry. At first Delphine is sure that they will be leaving Cecile any day but while they save up enough money to make the phone call home they find some new friends and new ways to deal with their uninvolved mother.

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