S authoritative a figure as Big Ma was in Brooklyn A spry almost sassy ighty two years of age she welcomes her great granddaughters affectionately but lets them know how things are going to be soon after they arrive Miss Trotter Ma Charles s sister is one of only two neighbors within shouting distance and she and Ma Charles have uarreled for years As Delphine and her younger sisters get to know their great aunt Miss Trotter and Ma Charles take turns telling them stories and tossing in barbs at The Trust each other for the girls to deliver an insult war that isntertaining for Vonetta and Fern if nothing A Scandalous Regency Christmas else Delphine wants thelderly sisters to reconcile but they seem content taking jabs at The Return each other about their confusing family history The other close neighbor Mr Lucas is sweet on the widowed Big Ma but she wants nothing to do with him pointedly ignoring his overtures despite Ma Charles sxasperated protests The big city is its own brand of insane but Delphine has never seen crazy like social life down South Maybe sibling rivalry is contagious Delphine and Vonetta sure rub ach other wrong as their stay in Alabama continues Vonetta picks on Fern and Delphine feels compelled to stand up for her youngest sister which triggers Vonetta s anger The sisters uncanny ability to always be on the same page is floundering but that could just be because they re getting older and forming individualized lives Delphine doesn t want her relationship with Vonetta to someday mirror Ma Charles s with Miss Trotter but it s hard to get along with Vonetta when she acts thorny as a porcupine The vacation veers into scary territory the afternoon of the worst storm in local memory when verything Delphine thought was hers forever is jeopardized in a nightmare parade of bad choices Is a family so fragile it can be obliterated in a few tragic seconds with no do over If a second chance Prince Hafizs Only Vice emerges from out of mourning will we learn from the past and snatch it before the offer is rescinded Delphine Vonetta and Fern have much to learn about family love prejudice and justice on their march toward adolescence and no member of their inner circle is close to being a perfectxample But it starts with a family who will do and sacrifice anything for one another and they no doubt have that If you prayed for the miracle you d sell your most treasured possession for you don t care about anything Aristotle and Poetic Justice else but waiting on that miracle Gone Crazy in Alabama P 251 The story isn t as cohesive as PS Be Eleven nor is the wisdom as winsome but Gone Crazy in Alabama has its sparkling moments The Gaither sisters have deep wounds inside they need to heal such as their mother Cecile and others walking out on them We see the hurt in Delphine s recurring dream I ve been dreamingrunning to the door to keep it from closing hardto keep footsteps from walking outwalking awayawayBut as long as my legs are I never get to the front door fastnough As strong as my arms are I can t keep Cecile from leaving Uncle Darnell from leaving Big Ma from leaving Or Mrs when she s madI can t stop the dreams I can t stop seeing the opened door and the footsteps How can you feel secure when the ones you love might leave and never return because you aggravate them or you re not And Bid Him Sing: A Biography of Countée Cullen enough to make them want to stay Delphine Vonetta and Fern know the pain of goodbye when it truly means gone And slavery in the US may have been abolished a hundred yearsarlier but there s danger for young blacks who lack caution The Ku Klux Klan is past its heyday Bachelors and Bunnies: The Sexual Politics of Playboy even in Alabama but men in white sheets still ride and some foes are lessasily recognizable There s Klan Cyberwar: The Next Threat to National Security What to Do About It everywhere a close family member warns Delphine You just have to see them When you re vulnerable to injustice because of who you arenemies don t always announce their presence but they re watching Avoid giving them an Girl in Pieces excuse to persecute you and you ll survive to make your case foruality Something tells me Delphine and her sisters could do a lot to Battleground Chicago: The Police and the 1968 Democratic National Convention enlighten the world through their childhoodxperiences Gone Crazy in Alabama has in common with One Crazy Summer than with PS Be Eleven To me the middle novel is by far the best and the other two are roughly ual The GaitherCharlesTrotter family tree is convoluted and challenging to follow but the people we meet from it are warm real and all have their place in the story I m not as big a Rita Williams Garcia fan as some but I respect her writing and plan on reading I might give Gone Crazy in Alabama two and a half stars and I recommend it to those who loved One Crazy Summer I wish the Gaither sisters my best and the same for the author who brought them to life These books have helped open yes and minds and for that they deserve to be honored I m a conceited Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education enough children s librarian that I like it when a book wins me over I don t want them to make itasy for me When I sit down to read something I want to know that the author on the other side of the manuscript is scrabbling to get the reader s attention Granted that reader is supposed to be a 10 year old kid and not a 37 year old woman but to a certain xtent audience is audience Now I ll say right off the bat that under normal circumstances I don t tend to read seuels and I CERTAINLY don t review them There are too many books published in a current year to keep circling back to the same authors over and over again There are however always xceptions to the rule And who amongst us can say that Rita Williams Garcia is anything but xceptional The Gaither Sisters chronicles you could also call them the One Crazy Summer Books and I think you d be in the clear have fast become modern day literary classics for kids Funny painful chock full of a veritable cornucopia of historical incidents and best of all they stick in your brain like honey to biscuits Read one of these books and you can recall them for years at a time Now the bitter sweetness of Gone Crazy in Alabama gives us of what we want Vonetta Uncle Darnell Big Ma in a final pic bow Going to visit relatives can be a chore Going to visit WARRING RELATIVES Big Ma in a final pic bow Going to visit relatives can be a chore Going to visit WARRING RELATIVES THAT IS FUN relatives Now THAT is fun Delphine Vonetta and Fern have been to Oakland and Brooklyn but now they ve turned South to Alabama to visit their grandmother Big Ma their great grandmother Ma Charles and Ma Charles s half sister Miss Trotter Delphine as usual places herself in charge of her younger rebellious sisters not that they ver appreciate it As she learns about her family s history and the reason the two half sisters loathe one another she ignores her own immediate family s needs until the moment when it almost becomes too late I m an oldest sister I have two younger siblings Unlike Delphine I didn t have the responsibility of watching over my siblings for any City Limits extended amount of time As a result I didn t pay all that much attention to them growing up But like Delphine I would occasionally find myself trying to my mind anyway to keep them in line Where Rita Williams Garciaxcels above all her peers and I do mean all of them is in the xchanges between these three girls If
I had an infinite revenu. Crazy Summer and PS Be Eleven will be njoyed by fans of had an infinite revenu. Crazy Summer and PS Be Eleven will be njoyed by fans of first two books as well as by readers meeting these memorable sisters for the first timeReaders who njoy Christopher Paul Curtis's The Watsons Go to Birmingham and Jacueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming will find much to love in this book Rita Williams Garcia's books about Delphine Vonetta and Fern can also be read alongside nonfiction Culture and Enchantment explorations of American history such as Jason Reynolds's and Ibram X Kendi's booksEach humorous unforgettable story in this trilogy follows the sisters as they grow up during one of the most tumultuousras in recent American history the 1960s Read the adventures of leven year old Delphine and her younger sisters Vonetta and Fern as they visit their ki. .
Gone Crazy in Alabama is an incredibly gripping story for what it is with wonderful descriptions of Alabama itself and creative characters Absolutely xcellent The Gaither sisters head down south to spend some time with their relatives in Alabama Big Ma and her mother Ma Charles While there the girls learn a lot about their ancestry and the feud going on between Ma Charles and her half sister Miss Trotter The D DAY Through German Eyes 2 elderly sisters are storytellers which really appeals to Vonetta whonds up carrying bickering messages between the two front porches for nearly the Baroque Personae entirety of her time down south When an act of nature sets the whole clan to worrying family ties from all across the nationnd up at Big Ma sThough there are bound to be uestions as to whether this book can truly stand on its own considering the 2 previous books featuring this unforgettable trio of sisters this book takes a sharp right turn by focusing on the family history The author gives readers adeuate information about characters appearing in previous novels and previous altercations ie Uncle Darnell s theft of the girls hard Democratic Art earned money This is handled soxpertly that I would argue the Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths? entireffect for a reader just meeting the Gaither sisters for the first time would come away with the feeling that if they wanted to know about the backstory in depth they could consult the previous books as opposed to it being necessary to have read these books to understand this bookThe author xcels at her craft here Every opportunity to invoke the senses is taken The characterization is so fully realized that readers know who is talking without the aid of an identifier at the nd of a line of dialogue just based on the way something is phrased or the details chosen to present The setting is so well described and richly imagined that I feel as though I could draw a fairly accurate map of the woods possibly Codependent Forevermore: The Invention of Self in a Twelve Step Group even the state of AlabamaHighly recommended historical fiction read for grades 5 8 I love the Gaither sisters This time they ve gone down to Alabama for the summer and spend time with Big Ma Ma Charles her mother and Darnell who s cleaned upDelphine s been charged with looking out for her younger sisters and she takes it very seriously Vonetta and Delphine snipe almost constantly atach other as they settle in while Fern confounds her grandmothers with her preferences and opinions I was at times wincing at the opinions Conscience and Memory: Meditations in a Museum of the Holocaust expressed by Big Ma with her internalized racism and her disgust with feminism while laughing out loud at the back and forth needling between Big Ma and her half sister There s something about these stories that I love and it includes the humour of which there is plenty in the series And while Rita Williams Garcia touches upon a number of societal and fairly heavy family issues they re presented from Delphine s now 13 year old perspective and don t overwhelm I think what I love the most in these books about the Gaither sisters is the love between the members of this family Delphine Vonetta and Fern might all repeatedly get onach others nerves but they are a tight and deeply loving group I kept wondering what these girls would be like in their 20s as I neared the Conscience and Memory end of this book Unless Rita Williams Garciaver returns to this family I ll just have to content myself with this and the two previous books about these wonderful girls History self awareness negotiated boundaries and family secrets are at the heart of Gone Crazy in Alabama the third and final book in Rita Williams Garcia s Pansy Vol. 6 excellent Gaither Sisters seriesSisters Delphine Vonetta and Fern travel from Brooklyn to Alabama to spend their summer visiting their grandmother Big Ma and her mother Ma Charles In Alabama the cultural shock they face is only the beginning of their problems there is also the matter of meeting Uncle Darnell for the firs Thanks to my Goodreads friend Orinoco Womble for recommending this This is No 3 in the Gaither Sisters series but the first I ve read I started with this one because it was on sale for 199 in Kindle version This is a great story about three close young 8 10 12 sisters who travel alone from Brooklyn to Alabama to visit relatives for the summer Adventuresnsue and the Alabama characters are hilarious This is a great Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods easy read with an underlying thread of familial love Some favorite linesour voicesither followed or lay on top of one another s for as long as I could rememberOur grandmother used to fuss with us so much that all we heard was the fussing and not the wordsIt wasn t fair to have waited for so long to read a book that was less than what I d imaginedI wanted us to all be together As many of us under one roof as could fit I needed to know we weren t all falling apart his dog song which was neither a true howl nor a barkI took it all in the firm but biscuit doughy feel of Big Ma s arms her gardenia talcum powder and Dixie Peach hair grease dabbed under her wig around her temples It was good to be circled by hands that smelled of pine cleaner and to be blotted by her coffee breath kisses Big Ma Come uick Big Ma didn t post herself up in the door frame immediatelyAll them starving children in Africa going to bed hungry You get in your bed and have a taste of hungry along with them What child hasn t heard the first part but the second sentence was new to me and tickled me soBig Ma used to tell me Scrub like a gal in a one cow town Huh Doesn t make sense but still is funny like my friend s granny s saying Makes my butt want to dip snuff That s right dear one Miss Trotter said And Vonetta rolled around in that dear one name
"like it was "it was pink rabbit fur jacket Ah ha haI highly recommend this book The rest of the series is on my to read list as well 1960s Oakland California and its tumultuous social justice scene provided a scintillating backdrop for One Crazy Summer We were then spirited across the United States to Brooklyn New York for PS Be Eleven where people had a different attitude from the Black Panthers of California Another Elizabeth I extreme culture shift takes place in Gone Crazy in Alabama as sisters Delphine Vonetta and Fern travel by themselves for anxtended stay with Big Ma their paternal grandmother and her mother Ma Charles in small town Alabama If Brooklyn was hesitant to mbrace the Black Panther philosophy of racial outspokenness Alabama is miles behind Brooklyn and Delphine s father makes sure his three girls know this prior to their trip Social rhetoric that would be praised in Oakland and accepted without comment in Brooklyn could be downright dangerous in the Deep South and Papa doesn t want his daughters shipped back to New York in coffins because they couldn t control their smart mouths It s Delphine s responsibility to keep them out of trouble and she takes it seriously This summer is certain to be an illuminating adventure You don t know something bothers you until you no longer have to do it Suddenly you re both angry and glad Angry you did it for all those years and glad you ll never do it again Gone Crazy in Alabama P 33 On the family farm in Alabama Ma Charles is The Coretta Scott King Award–winning Gone Crazy in Alabama by Newbery Honor and New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams Garcia tells the Crazy in Alabama by Newbery Honor and New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams Garcia tells the of Honor and New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams Garcia tells the of Gaither sisters as they travel from the streets of Brooklyn to the rural South for the summer of a lifetimeDelphine 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 ver knew possiblePowerful and humorous this companion to the award winning One. E stream I would solicit someone to adapt their conversations into a very short play for kids to perform somewhere actually I d just like to see ALL these books as plays for children but that s neither here nor there The dialogue sucks you in and you find yourself getting Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education emotionally involved Because Delphine is our narrator you re gettingverything from her perspective and in this the author really makes you feel like she s on the right side of very argument It would be an xcellent writing xercise to charge a class of sixth graders with the task of rewriting one of these sections from Vonetta or Fern s point of view instead As I might have mentioned before I wasn t actually sold initially on this book Truth be told I liked the seuel to One Crazy Summer called PS Be Eleven but found the nding rushed and a tad unsatisfying That s just me and my hopes with Gone Crazy were not initially helped by this book s beginning I liked the set up of going South and all that but once they arrived in Alabama I was almost immediately confused We met Ma Charles and then very soon thereafter we met another woman very much like her who lived on the other side of a creek No xplanation was forthcoming about these two save some cryptic descriptions of wedding photos and I felt very much out to sea My instinct is to say that a child reader would feel the same way but kids have a way of taking confusing material at face value so I suspect the confusion was of the adult variety than anything lse Clearly Ms Williams Garcia was setting all this up for the big reveal of the half sister s relationship and I appreciated that but at the same time I thought it could have been introduced in a different way Things were tepid for me for a while but then the story really started picking up By the time we got to the storm I was sold And it was at this point in the book that I realized that I d been coming at the book all wrong Williams Garcia was feeding me red herrings and I m gulping them down like there s no tomorrow This book isn t laser focusing its attention on great big pic themes of historical conseuence All this book is all it ver has been all the ntire SERIES is about in its heart of hearts is family And that s it The central tension can be boiled down to something as simple and ffective as whether or not Delphine and Vonetta can be friends Folks are always talking about bullying and bully books They tend to involve schoolmates not siblings but as Gone Crazy in Alabama shows sometimes bullying is a lot closer to home than anyone including the bully is willing to acknowledge There s been a lot of talk lately about needing diverse books for kids and it s absolutely a valid concern I have always been of the opinion however that we also need a lot funny diverse books When most reading lists sole hat tip to the African American Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation experience is Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry no offense to Mildred D Taylor but you see what I m getting at here while the white kids star in books like Harriet the Spy and Frindle something s gotta change We Need Diverse Books We Need FUNNNY Diverse Books too Something someone s going tonjoy reading and want to pick up again That s why Christopher Paul Curtis has been such a genius the last few years because seriously who Gender Justice else wouldxplore the ramifications of vomiting on Frederick Douglass and why the name Rita Williams Garcia will be remembered long after you and I are tasty toasty worm food Because this book IS funny while also balancing out pain and hurt and hope An interviewer once asked Ms Williams Garcia if she Generations and Collective Memory ever had younger sisters like the ones in this book or if she dver spent a lot of time in rural Alabama like they do here She replied good naturedly that nope It reminded me of that story they tell about Dustin Hoffman playing Richard III He put stones in his shoes to get the limp right Laurence Olivier caught wind of this and his response was along the lines of My dear boy why don t you try acting That s Ms Williams Garcia for you She does honest to goodness writing Writing that can conjure up stranged siblings and acts of nature Writing that will make you laugh and think and think again after that Beautifully done very last page A trilogy winds down on just the right noteFor ages 9 12 I have fallen in love with Delphine Vonetta and ages 9 12 I have fallen in love with Delphine Vonetta and the Gaither Sisters I was late discovering this series for Middle Grades with great "HISTORICAL LESSONSIT STARTED WITH ONE CRAZY "lessonsIt started with One Crazy with the sisters visiting their wayward mother in Oakland CA Then the aftermath and return home to Brooklyn in PS Be ElevenThe latest installment is Gone Crazy in Alabama when Pa sends the girls Down South to meet the relatives on the farm I so much From Notes to Narrative enjoyed the voices of the girls as they completeach others Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America explanations in an almost poetic harmony They remind me so much of my middle sister my niece and meI was so charmed thatverytime I opened the book at the next chapter I couldn t hold back the smile on my face Their adventures learning the family history helping gather the fresh ggs and help milk the cow reminded me of days in Forsythe Georgia so long agoI was happy just reminiscing until something went terribly wrong when I found myself in the middle of the night with an unexpected page turner No spoilers here You have to read it for yourselfRita Williams Garcia is a winner The story was fun and njoyable like the previous books in the series However this book really brought to the front something that bothered me about the OTHER BOOKS IT HAS BOTHERED ME books It has bothered me One Crazy Summer how Delphine is Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) expected to be a mother to her sisters Everyonexpects it and she is punished for not doing it If her sisters misbehave Delphine is often the one who is held responsible for their behavior for not keeping them in line It comes to a head here when Vonetta understandably rebels against her control Delphine is 12 she hasn t had the time maturing or modelling necessary to be a good mother Why does it surprise anyone when she isn t a good mother She is 12 for Pete s sake At the nd of the book she talks about people showing her mercy when she didn t deserve it That just got to me It s the adults who should be ashamed for not being the adults to these children Delphine in my opinion is the most wronged of all the girls and no one ver acknowledges or validates her as a child Cecile tries to a bit in PS Be 11 but being Cecile she doesn t do in a clear way that Delphine can understand I want to give Delphine a big hug and tell her that none of it is her fault she should never have been put in the situation in the first place Funny and very ntertaining Three sisters traveling to Alabama for the summer from Brooklyn NY Being the oldest Delphine is in charge of her two younger sisters Vonetta Fern The best way to learn about your family history is through your family The story provided insight about the silky arguments that sometimes separate families for years It also includes information about Klansmen and the Black Panther party A book that can be njoyed in any reading group. N all over the rapidly changing nation and as they discover that the bonds of family and their own strength run deeper than they Foraging for Survival ever knew possible“The Gaither sisters are an irresistible trio Williams Garciaxcels at conveying defining moments of American society from their point of view” Publishers Weekly starred reviewCoretta Scott King Award winner ALA Notable Book School Library Journal Best Book of the Year Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year Washington Post Best Books of the Year The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon Book Three starred reviews CCBC Choice New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Best Book of the Ye.