Eleven-year-old Delphine and her younger sisters Vonetta and Fern travel to Oakland to meet their mother, Cecile, who abandoned their family years earlier. But even when Cecile gets them to her house, she shows no interest and seems to view them as nothing but a nuisance. Cecile's cold, unloving attitude leaves the girls wishing for the mother-daughter connection they've never had. But Cecile acts remarkably different after she sees her daughters at the Black Panther rally, where they recite a poem Cecile herself had written. At that point, Cecile's attitude toward her daughters begins a remarkable change. Rita Williams-Garcia has been a finalist for the National Book Award, and her novel One Crazy Summer was recognized as a New York Times Editor's Choice. Narrator Sisi Aisha Johnson relates the story with the refreshing honesty of a tale told through young Delphine's innocent eyes. "With memorable characters . and a powerful story, this is a book well worth reading and rereading."-School Library Journal, starred reviewLearn More
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A New York Times bestseller
A 2011 Audie Award Finalist
A 2010 National Book Award Finalist
Winner of the 2011 Coretta Scott King Award
Winner of the 2011 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction
A 2011 Newbery Honor Book
A 2010 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children Fiction
One of the 2010 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Children
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