Search Results: "Rita Williams-Garcia"


BOOK REVIEW

GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA by Rita Williams-Garcia
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2015

"Rich in all areas, Delphine and her sisters' third outing will fully satisfy the many fans of their first two. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The coping skills of three sisters are put to the test as they leave Brooklyn for a rural summer in 1969 Alabama. Read full book review >

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P.S. BE ELEVEN by Rita Williams-Garcia
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 2013

"This thoughtful story, told with humor and heart, rings with the rhythms and the dilemmas of the '60s through characters real enough to touch. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Readers will cheer the return of the three sisters who captured hearts in the Newbery Honor-winning One Crazy Summer (2010).Read full book review >

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JUMPED by Rita Williams-Garcia
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"Although readers can anticipate the tragedy that transpires, it is shocking and agonizing nonetheless. (Fiction. YA)"
It's more than just three high-school girls—self-centered Leticia, skipping the last few minutes of her before-school, repeat Geometry class; angry Dominique, begging her teacher for five more points so she can play in the next basketball game; and overconfident Trina, hanging her Black History Month artwork in the corridor gallery—in the wrong place at the wrong time. Read full book review >

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BOTTLE CAP BOYS by Rita Williams-Garcia
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"An important story that just doesn't quite come together. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The tale of two brothers who have a tip-top, tapping time on the streets of New Orleans. Read full book review >

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EVERY TIME A RAINBOW DIES by Rita Williams-Garcia
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 31, 2001

"Romance for realists. (Fiction. YA)"
An immigrant teen is shaken out of his reclusive existence into a world of love and life when he witnesses a girl being raped and decides he must act. Read full book review >

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CLAYTON BYRD GOES UNDERGROUND by Rita Williams-Garcia
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Strong characterizations and vivid musical scenes add layers to this warm family story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An African-American youngster is happiest when he can play his harmonica with his bluesman grandfather until tragedy removes the music from his life. Read full book review >

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ONE CRAZY SUMMER by Rita Williams-Garcia
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"The depiction of the time is well done, and while the girls are caught up in the difficulties of adults, their resilience is celebrated and energetically told with writing that snaps off the page. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
A flight from New York to Oakland, Calif., to spend the summer of 1968 with the mother who abandoned Delphine and her two sisters was the easy part. Read full book review >

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NO LAUGHTER HERE by Rita Williams-Garcia
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Unapologetic, fresh, and painful. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-16)"
This exquisitely written short novel tackles an enormous and sensitive subject. Read full book review >

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LIKE SISTERS ON THE HOMEFRONT by Rita Williams-Garcia
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A gift from a gifted storyteller. (Fiction. 12-up)"
A moving story of a fresh-mouthed, 14-year-old mother who finds strong roots in her family's past and the means for going forward. Read full book review >

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CATCHING THE WILD WAIYUUZEE by Rita Williams-Garcia
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Lovely, all around. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A very gratifying first picture book from Williams-Garcia, one that plays with the willowiness of language while following the shenanigans of a young African-American girl trying to escape the bite of a comb wielded by her mother. Read full book review >

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FAVORITES OF 2016 - PART TWO
by Leila Roy

Last week, I started my annual roundup of favorite books of the year with my standout reads from January to March.

Today, I’ll be looking at April through June.

Let’s jump right in!

April: The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge

While I don’t know if I’ve ever been able to name a NUMBER ONE FAVORITE BOOK of any given year ...


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