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Rita Williams-Garcia

Autor(a) de One Crazy Summer

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About the Author

Rita Williams-Garcia graduated from Hofstra University. She has written several books including Blue Tights, Every Time a Rainbow Dies, Fast Talk on a Slow Track, One Crazy Summer, and No Laughter Here. Like Sisters on the Homefront was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. She won the PEN/Norma mostrar mais Klein Award. She currently teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children and Young Adults Program. She won the Coretta Scott King awards in 2016 with her title Gone Crazy in Alabama in the author category. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de Rita Williams-Garcia

One Crazy Summer (2010) 3,981 cópias
P.S. Be Eleven (2013) 684 cópias
Gone Crazy in Alabama (2015) 510 cópias
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground (2017) 370 cópias
Jumped (2009) 325 cópias
Like Sisters on the Homefront (1995) 225 cópias
No Laughter Here (2004) 139 cópias
Every Time a Rainbow Dies (2001) 136 cópias
A Sitting in St. James (2021) 130 cópias
Fast Talk on a Slow Track (1991) 67 cópias
Blue Tights (1988) 51 cópias
Catching the Wild Waiyuuzee (2000) 31 cópias
Diamond Land (2004) 9 cópias

Associated Works

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America (2019) — Contribuinte — 524 cópias
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices (2018) — Contribuinte — 217 cópias
First Crossing: Stories About Teen Immigrants (2004) — Contribuinte — 195 cópias
Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever. (2017) — Contribuinte — 173 cópias
Who Done It? (2013) — Contribuinte — 136 cópias
Free? Stories About Human Rights (2009) — Contribuinte — 118 cópias
Stay True: Short Stories for Strong Girls (1998) — Contribuinte — 110 cópias
Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court (2011) — Contribuinte — 107 cópias
Guys Read: Terrifying Tales (2015) — Contribuinte — 103 cópias
Girl Meets Boy: Because There Are Two Sides to Every Story (2011) — Contribuinte — 98 cópias
The Hero Next Door (2019) — Contribuinte — 86 cópias
Face Relations: 11 Stories about Seeing beyond Color (2004) — Contribuinte — 51 cópias
Trapped!: Cages of Mind and Body (1938) — Contribuinte — 43 cópias
Second Sight : Stories for a New Millennium (1999) — Contribuinte — 43 cópias
Twelve Shots (1997) — Contribuinte — 39 cópias
Dirty Laundry: Stories About Family Secrets (1998) — Contribuinte — 38 cópias
Period Pieces: Stories for Girls (2003) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Queens, New York, USA
Locais de residência
New York, New York, USA
Hofstra University
creative writing teacher
fiction writer
Vermont College
ALSC Children's Literature Lecture Award (2023)



Great story, especially if you are one of three sisters and enjoy historical fiction!
mjphillips | outras 223 resenhas | Feb 23, 2024 |
Rita Williams Garcia focuses on Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern returning to Brooklyn New York with a new idea of independence. After spending the summer with their mother and the Panthers they realized that life is changing for them and their grandmother does not approve. Their lives are changing and is seems like everyones growing up. The girls are reminded by their mother to stay of the age eleven and not grow up too fast. this book teaches children about the changes that come when they grow up and to realize that is good to still feel like a child even though people are changing and growth is happening. This novel is great for older children possibly in 4-5th grade.… (mais)
nrortega3 | outras 36 resenhas | Feb 15, 2024 |
I love a little history lesson in a tween novel. This book is a piece of Oakland history, with a view of the Black Panthers from the perspective of an 11 year old using their summer camp and free meal program. It was also a story of a child trying to understand why the adults in her life make the choices they have, why her mother walked out on her and her sisters, why the culture of Oakland is so different from her Brooklyn home.
mslibrarynerd | outras 223 resenhas | Jan 13, 2024 |
RWG has succeeded in writing a haunting, powerful book about racism, and to get there she had to pull out all the stops. This book hits harder than any other book I've read that's marketed as YA.

The slow start and the detailed descriptions of sexual violence in this book made me feel like it's almost not YA. I can see it being assigned in an 11th or 12th grade AP lit class maybe. But there were multiple scenes that made me so sad and disgusted I have a hard time seeing myself recommend this book to most teens.

Would I recommend it to adults? Yes -- if you want to explore the vile beliefs and actions of white plantation owners. Just by coincidence, I was reading this when the third season of Succession came out on HBO. I couldn't help see similarities between the Roy family and the Guilbert family. So despicable.

When I was in the middle of the book I stopped to ponder if RWG had pulled a Hamilton (i.e. used her genius to tell yet another story about American history centering white people). But she wrote a very illuminating author's note explaining why this story revolves around the Guilbert family and not the Black characters. She cites Toni Morrison as inspiration: "What are you without racism? ...if you can only be tall because somebody is on their knees, then you have a serious problem. And my feeling is that white people have a very, very serious problem and they should start thinking about what they can do about it. Take me out of it."

RWG also includes gay and gender-nonconforming (and also maybe autistic) teen characters in her story. I think this will add appeal for a teen audience because there aren't very many excellent historical YA novels featuring LGBTQ characters.
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LibrarianDest | outras 6 resenhas | Jan 3, 2024 |



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