Newbery Honor winner and New York Times best-selling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of the Gaither sisters, who are about to learn what it's like to be fish out of water as they travel from the streets of Brooklyn to the rural South for the summer of a lifetime.
Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles' half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that's been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible.
Powerful and humorous, this companion to the award-winning One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven will be enjoyed by fans of the first two books as well as by listeners meeting these memorable sisters for the first time.
©2015 Rita Williams-Garcia (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
I've so enjoyed listening to Delphine as she grows up. Twelve here, going on a life-forced thirty, she faces new challenges with her sisters ('cause they're growing up too!), with society, with nature itself.
Down in Alabama, things are crazy! Their mother, who recently re-entered their lives, has taught them to be free and proud. She's a poetess who's as independent as they come, and she's taught the girls to be fearless, to speak their minds. And that's not something you do in Alabama. You don't raise your fist and say, "Black Power!" and "Power to the People!", not when men still ride the night wearing sheets and burning crosses.
The story is one of love and family, of sibling rivalry/despair/joy, of growing up in hard and fast times. There are echoes of the damage Vietnam is doing, of drugs, of having to say, "Yes, Sir" over and over and over to the town Sheriff who is probably Klan.
But there is also humor and friendship, of defining who you are, and of giving back to those that love, even if it means ironing Ma Charles' sheets in a sweltering summer.
I loved each of these three books because they touch on history, they touch on life, they touch on devotion. A stellar book with dazzling narration by Sisi A. Johnson who can do ANYone's voice, can convey ANY emotion.
What a pleasure!
(...just pleeeeze let there be another one...!)
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