Thursday, July 14, 2016

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

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Every summer I try to read a few books from my library so I can book talk with the kids when school starts back.  I really enjoyed this book and it would make a GREAT classroom read aloud because there are multiple topics that could lead to in-depth classroom discussions - it is set in Alabama in the late 1960's.  Great family history to discuss.  I can see timelines being made...maybe I should just book talk this one to my teachers! :)

Summary from amazon.com:
The Coretta Scott King Award–winning Gone Crazy in Alabama by Newbery Honor and New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of the Gaither sisters 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’s 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 readers meeting these memorable sisters for the first time.

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