Warm Up with an Award Winner!

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Warm Up with an Award Winner!

Cover art for "One Crazy Summer"With temperatures hovering around freezing, all Washingtonians are looking for ways to keep warm.  My personal favorite method is to snuggle up with a good book, and imagine sunshine and summer time.  Fortunately, I stumbled upon 2011 Newberry Honor book One Crazy Summer just in time!

Set in the tumultuous summer of 1968, Rita Williams-Garcia's book follows the Gaither sisters as they venture from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Oakland, Calif., to reconnect with their long lost mother, Cecile.  However, upon arrival, eldest sister Delphine quickly realizes Cecile is not the mothering type.  Instead of spending time with her daughters, Cecile sends the girls to a Black Panther day camp for children every morning.  Delphine is left to look out for her sisters, and try to figure out fact from fiction when it comes to their daily lessons.  With all of their teachings culminating with a Black Panther Rally at the end of the summer, will Delphine be able to protect her sisters from harm and keep her family united?

Winner of the 2011 Coretta Scott King award, One Crazy Summer is the perfect chapter book to share with kids and tweens in time for Black History Month in February.  And hopefully, the heartwarming tale of three sisters will make you forget it's freezing outside!

-- Brooke Hadder