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Things are changing in the Gaither household. After soaking up a "power to the people" mind-set over the summer, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern return to Brooklyn with a newfound streak of independence. Pa has a girlfriend. Uncle Darnell is home from Vietnam, but he's not the same. And a new singing group called the Jackson Five has the girls seeing stars.

But the one thing that doesn't change? Big Ma still expects Delphine to keep everything together. That's even harder now that her sisters refuse to be bossed around, and now that Pa's girlfriend voices her own opinions about things. Through letters, Delphine confides in her mother, who reminds her not to grow up too fast. To be eleven while she can.

An outstanding successor to the Newbery Honor Book One Crazy Summer, P.S. Be Eleven stands on its own as a moving, funny story of three sisters growing up amid the radical change of the 1960s, beautifully written by the inimitable Rita Williams-Garcia.

©2013 Rita Williams-Garcia (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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Loved it!!!

I love these girls, it’s like I’m growing up with them. Can wait to read the 3rd series. This is a great read for grades 5th-6th.

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Great family read for travel

My kids and I loved this story. We loved the bond between the sisters and their family. Great reminder to enjoy your childhood.

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Great!

I really enjoyed this sequel. It was uplifting and engaging. I can't wait to read it to my students. I know they will enjoy it just as much as I did. A must read if you've already read One Crazy Summer. I'd love to see another book written to take the story even further.

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Another winner

This series so far is wonderful. Have truly been enjoying the girls grow and take shape in their own characters. Delphine, the oldest is coming into herself and so is Vonetta. I appreciate the real themes such as drugs abuse in families, the Vietnam War, blending of family, the first black congresswoman, a new teacher from Africa, and Cecile's letters to her daughters, as well the questions from children. I know I won't be disappointed with the next and final book in the series. Great book .

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Took my heart

The story, the characters, the narration- absolutely superb. Thank you Rita Williams- Garcia, thank you Sisi Johnson.
Please write another one.

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One of the best books I've ever read.

I like how the mom liked her kids. The pa had a girlfriend and got married. It took a while for them to get together with Dalphane and Pa's wife.

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