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One Crazy Summer Literature Unit
By Rita Williams-Garcia
In the summer of 1968, eleven-year-old Delphine, nine-year-old Vonetta, and seven-year-old Fern are sent to stay for a month with their mother Cecile in Oakland, California. Cecile had abandoned them seven years earlier when Fern was just a baby. The girls had not seen her since. Oakland is a long way from Brooklyn, New York where the girls live with their father and grandmother. When they arrive, a secretive Cecile, who has renamed herself Nzila, doesn't seem any more interested in being their mother than she did when she left. Delphine has to take care of her sisters and keep everything together. To keep the girls out of her way, Cecile sends them to a summer day camp sponsored by a revolutionary organization, the Black Panthers. The girls enter a new world of protests, rights, poetry, community, friendship, and adventure. The girls are thrust into the civil rights movement and an education that will pave the way for a new understanding of family, themselves, and the world around them.
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