Williams-Garcia, R. (2010). One Crazy Summer. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
LS5360: Coretta Scott King. This one was new to me and I borrowed it from a friend with younger kids. Good, insightful, historically referenced book with GREAT characters.
Exposition: Set in Brooklyn, in the summer of 1968, the bulk of the story takes place in Oakland, CA and is told by main character, Delphine, with the story centering on Delphine and her sisters’ (Violetta and Fern) trip to visit their mother.
Conflict: The girls arrive in California and their mother, Cecile, wants nothing to do with them.
Rising Action: The girls are left to fend for themselves and also sent to Black Panther camp, where they learn a great deal about the Black Panther movement.
Climax: The girls’ mother is arrested and the girls really have to fend for themselves until some neighbors help out.
Falling Action: The girls end-up going to a Black Panther rally and reciting their mom’s poetry, and Cecile praises them for a job well done.
Resolution: The one thing that the girls have wanted – affection from their mother – is given as they board the plane to go home, and they realize she’s not a bad person.
Literary Elements: Characterization is strong (the three girls are each unique and rich), and the style in which it is written and woven into actual historical events is powerful.