One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia

Find in catalogAward winner four times over! This was a great read, and I passed it on to a friend.

As a new mother, it is hard to imagine leaving my child behind – let alone three young daughters. I can understand the pressure she might have been under, especially if her mental state wasn’t altogether normal. To be a creative person is hard enough, to be a mother of three, and an African American in the heat of the Civil Liberty movement era, must have been extreme. I found it interesting how the oldest daughter reacted to the Black Panthers she spent the summer with. The TV shows them one way, she encounters a totally different side of the same group, and reality is a little of both.


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