This year, I have decided to try and read more Young Adult books. They are incredibly popular, and I'm finding that they are much more mature than they were back when I was a teen (ahem ... a few years ago!)
Here are two that have been releaesd in time to celebrate Black History Month in February.
One girl, a long way from home, just wants to get to know her mother. One boy just wants to stay out of trouble long enough to go home. Two young black kids, two different generations, two fascinating stories that will appeal to young readers.
Busy with her revolutionary poetry and underground printing operation, Cecile (now called Nzilla) didn’t have time for kids to be underfoot, so she sends them to a summer camp sponsored by her friends in the Black Panther movement.
Wary of their new situation, Delphine takes care of Vonetta and Fern, and is determined to make the best of their time there. They learn a few radical new things, make some new friends and find that they can learn a thing or two from their outrageous mother and her new outlook on life.
Rita Williams Garcia has created a tale of family, sacrifice and understanding in “One Crazy Summer.” Set in Oakland, California in 1968, when the hippies and the Black Panther movement ruled the streets, this book is a smart, sassy and sometimes downright funny. It is well-told story that shares a look at how a dysfunctional family can adapt to each other’s quirks and personalities, and eventually find a relationship together.